LIVE discussion: Heitinga shakes Ajax line-up for cup match

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A considerably changed Ajax will face De Graafschap on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the KNVB Cup. Trainer John Heitinga opts for seven new players and puts captain Dusan Tadic on the bench in Doetinchem, among others.

The team from Amsterdam has had a busy schedule, which means that Heitinga is now sparing a few players. In addition to Tadic, Devyne Rensch, Edson Álvarez, Owen Wijndal and Steven Berghuis, among others, start as a substitute. In addition, Remko Pasveer replaces Gerónimo Rulli under the crossbar.

It offers opportunities to some new names. This is how Jorrel Hato makes his basic debut. The only sixteen-year-old defender forms the defense with Jorge Sánchez, Jurriën Timber and Calvin Bassey. In midfield, Florian Grillitsch can start in the base for the second time since his arrival at Ajax. The Austrian controller is supported by Davy Klaassen and Mohammed Kudus, who drops a line. Brian Brobbey can start again in the front. He is flanked by Francisco Conceição and Steven Bergwijn.

At De Graafschap, Siem de Jong has to miss the duel with his old club. With Xandro Schenk, Rio Hillen and Alexander Büttner, there are three players on the field with a past in the youth academy of the team from Amsterdam.

The setups
The County: Jurjus; Schouten, Fortes, Schenk, Hillen, Buttner; Brittijn, Valencia, Jaw; Haen, Neghli

Ajax: Pasveer; Sanchez, Timber, Bassey, Hato; Grillitsch, Kudus, Klaassen; Conceicao, Brobbey, Bergwijn

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