Ajax-PSV is the kick-off of a month during which Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord and AZ all play towards one another on Sunday. With the lightning and file switch from Sébastien Haller, Ajax already gave the competitors a primary contact.
Haller answer to striker downside
He’s not jealous of Ajax, PSV coach Roger Schmidt emphasised on Friday at his press convention. His membership accomplished quite a lot of profitable transfers final summer time with the arrival of Mario Götze, Philipp Max and Ibrahim Sangaré, amongst others. Furthermore, midfielders Marco van Ginkel and Érick Gutiérrez are match once more after a protracted harm.
“So I even have new gamers”, mentioned the German coach, though he had in fact additionally seen that Ajax had introduced in the most costly participant ever within the Eredivisie barely an hour earlier. The crew from Amsterdam pays West Ham United 22.5 million euros for Haller, who can already make his debut towards PSV.
“That is what golf equipment with the most important funds can do,” mentioned Schmidt with an nearly shrug. “When Haller performed at Eintracht Frankfurt, he was one of many higher gamers in Germany. It looks as if a really good switch, however he doesn’t change our preparation for the match with Ajax. It’s not about one participant.”
Erik ten Hag will agree with that, however the Ajax coach was visibly a really comfortable man at his personal press convention – which additionally served as Haller’s presentation. Ten Hag not solely has a fast answer to his dire striker downside, however has additionally been reunited with a participant he is aware of effectively from their joint interval at FC Utrecht (2015-2017).
“We’ve got all the time talked to one another,” mentioned the coach, who began the file switch by contacting Haller once more on New 12 months’s Eve. “Then you definately generally discover out some data. He heard that we had attacking issues and I received the concept that he was open to fixing them.”
West Ham United, which paid a file quantity of fifty million euros for Haller eighteen months in the past, didn’t need to cooperate with a switch, identical to final summer time, however ultimately the director of soccer affairs Marc Overmars managed to separate the Ivorian worldwide from the Premier League. -club.
Ten Hag acknowledged that the switch would most likely not have taken place if his strikers Lassina Traoré, Brian Brobbey and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had not all been injured and the eighteen-year-old Brobbey had already prolonged his expiring contract.
“However Haller has not solely come for the long run. He meets the profile of an actual Ajax striker. He can rating and put together targets, let others perform higher and is an actual crew participant. In fact, 22.5 million euros is some huge cash. , however we have additionally bought fairly just a few gamers for some huge cash in recent times. That is why this was now doable. “
Ten Hag didn’t need to reveal whether or not Haller is straight within the beginning line-up towards PSV, which is second within the Eredivisie with one level lower than Ajax. The duel within the Johan Cruijff ArenA (kick-off at 4.45 pm) is the primary of six high gamers in January. The matches between Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord and AZ have been solely deliberate after the winter break within the hope that followers may very well be current, however the course of the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t enable that but.
“It’s logical that the most effective matches are solely now being performed”, mentioned Schmidt, who doesn’t see Ajax as the one competitor for the title. “Vitesse, AZ and Feyenoord even have an excellent crew and they’re not in European motion. In fact the duel with Ajax is essential, however it isn’t a World Cup last. It is just the fifteenth of a complete of 34 duels.”