Marco van Basten cannot understand Brian Brobbey and Julian Rijkhoff. The two young spires come from the youth training of Ajax, but leave abroad without breaking through in the first team.
Rijkhoff left for Borussia Dortmund, while Brobbey announced that after this season he will be transfer-free in Amsterdam. “I think thats very bad management,” says Van Basten in Rondo at Ziggo Sport. “For this type of player, the Eredivisie is the best competition. If you can play the first two or three years of your career in the Eredivisie, thats the best thing for your development. Then you can go on to the big countries.”
Van Basten surprises that players like Brobbey think they can get playing time abroad. “Actually, youre leaving because you cant handle the confrontation in your own country. If youre really a good one, you play in the first place, right? You can say that Ajax, PSV or Feyenoord already has a strong striker, but if you dont win it, you dont have anything to do abroad?”
The former top striker can not think of an example of a young footballer who did it after he moved abroad. “They all lose track! Its really unwise, but they all choose the money and the beautiful story. But the best education for a young footballer is just around yourself, and thats in the Eredivisie.”