Wim Kieft cracks hard nuts about Steven Bergwijn. Ajax’s attacker was very disappointing in the Europa League match with Union Berlin (0-0), says the former international in his column in De Telegraaf.
“He plays football like the eternal talent. It is as if you are watching the Bergwijn of four or five years ago at PSV. When he alternated one or two good games with five bad ones’, Kieft judges. Bergwijn is now 25 years old, has had an adventure in the Premier League and then you can expect more from him than what he has shown at Ajax so far. Demand even more, because he is a player who has been taken over from Tottenham Hotspur for more than 31 million euros.
Kieft cites the World Cup qualifying series of Orange under Louis van Gaal, in which Bergwijn impressed. ‘It is true that the opponents Norway, Montenegro and Turkey were not top level, but the flair with which he played was great to see. He has it in him, but you don’t see it at all at Ajax. He lacks the will and drive to give everything to get the best out of himself. Bergwijn has to think for himself.’
The former striker also saw that the build-up of Ajax was terribly slow with Calvin Bassey and Edson Álvarez. ‘Teammates such as Jurriën Timber, Owen Wijndal and Devyne Rensch also did not show up in the build-up. Those last two fell terribly short.’
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