‘Too small’ Ajax defender: ‘To show in Europe that I am also at the centre of it’

Jurriën Timber can now call himself basic player with Ajax, but twin brother Quinten hopes for a breakthrough in Amsterdam. The big dream of their mother, therefore, is no surprise.
“Thats to see Quinten and me shine together on the field, preferably in the Arena,” says Jurriën to ESPN. “I sometimes joke about it with the trainer. But Quinten is against it and has to go on like this, then his chance comes by itself. I am confident that he will make his debut.” His brother has an expiring contract with Ajax, but is talking to the club. “I think its going in the right direction, even though I cant tell you more about it. The best part is to play here together. That is a dream and you want the most, but you also need to look at your future plan.”
At the age of thirteen, the Timber brothers chose to exchange Feyenoord for Ajax. Yet they also cherish warm feelings for the Rotterdammers. “For the people I know there for sure. People have always been good with us, but Ajax was a conscious choice in our career. You can see, we
ve gotten a lot better. Were in the right place. It was our choice, but we were still young and there was also a lot of influence from our brothers and our mother.”
Jurriën hopes to participate in the European Championships after this season with Jong Oranje, but to experience the final tournament with the Dutch team would be a dream. “It would be very nice to be there anyway. Even if you
re sitting on the bench and youre not playing,” says Timber, who once again declares that he prefers to play central in the back. “It is also nice that I can play right back, but in Europe I have shown that I can join centrally. Ive always heard that I would be too small to play centrally, but so far Im still doing well.”