Although he did not score or assist, Mohammed Kudus was declared man of the match on Sunday after Ajax-RKC Waalwijk (3-0). The versatile midfielder stood out on his debut with his dynamic play.
Ajax fails to set a monster score
“I thought it was great to see”, Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said FOX Sports about Kudus, who came over for 9 million euros from the Danish FC Nordsjaelland. “He is very active and dynamic and can play football at high intensity.”
“When Kudus gets the ball, he often does something good with it. He was also good defensively. He took a lot of balls. If he still learns to choose a better position in our system, then it will be a very nice player for Ajax. “, the trainer praised.
Kudus played against RKC in place of Ryan Gravenberch and formed the midfield with Edson Álvarez and Quincy Promes. Despite his strong performance, Ten Hag does not rule out putting the twenty-year-old Ghanaian back on the bench next week.
“Of course I can take it out, why not?” Asked the trainer. “He has done a lot of good things, but there are also points for improvement, such as taking position. But then again: the more he starts playing, the easier he learns to choose the right position.”
“Of course Kudus can also play with Gravenberch”, said Ten Hag. “But did you see how many balls Álvarez took today? And how many he was on the road to be playable? We are going to play a lot of games this year and will need all the players.”
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag for the duel with RKC Waalwijk. (Photo: Pro Shots)
With a 3-0 defeat, RKC got away well in the ArenA, because Ajax failed to set a monster score with a large number of missed opportunities and a few VAR interventions.
Ten Hag emphasized that the great difference in strength with the weak Brabant players was also caused by the good play of Ajax. “We did very well in phases and then it seems like it is very easy.”
“I am satisfied with our field game and the beautiful attacks we showed. Some pressure moments were good, others a bit less. These are learning moments”, Ten Hag pointed out a downside.
Just like sc Heerenveen, PSV and Vitesse, Ajax is still without a loss of points after two rounds of play in the Eredivisie. The Arnhemmers are the next opponent in the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Saturday.