Going Dutch: 7 of Ajax's Best Talents Premier League Clubs Should Keep an Eye On

It is no secret that Ajax have produced a seemingly endless conveyor belt of talent in football over the years. 


The likes of Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Dennis Bergkamp all owed their upbringing to the Amsterdam club's divine success in producing talent.


Though Ajax are currently in a rut right now with dissension in the leadership, a new manager and a team likely to go four season without winning a trophy, there are still many prospects to keep close tabs on.


Here are seven players for those of the Premier League idealism to monitor - many coming from the illustrious De Toekomst academy.

7. Donny van de Beek - 20

Best suited for: Liverpool


Very much on the fringes of the first-team last season, Donny van de Beek has since blossomed into an important player for Ajax.


Standing at 1.83m, the 20-year-old is the colossus of an ever-changing midfield. Van de Beek looks to be the successor to Lasse Schoene with his expertise in linking the defence and attack. 


With his quick passing, van de Beek is a frequent contributor to goals, and has scored six himself in eighteen Eredivisie matches - including a hat-trick against NAC Breda.

6. Andre Onana - 21

Best suited for: Arsenal


One of the more well-known bunch on the list, Andre Onana has established himself as a fine shot-stopper and was crucial to success in last season's Europa League. 


Despite having the second most clean sheets in the Eredivisie and Ajax conceding the second fewest goals, statistics do not do the Cameroonian goalkeeper any justice.


Onana has proven to be more than adept with reflexes and incredible saves, but it is his skill in one-on-one encounters that has made many forget about Jasper Cillessen.

5. Kasper Dolberg - 20

Best suited for: Manchester United 


After setting the Netherlands' top division alight last season with sixteen goals, Kasper Dolberg has somewhat waned this season, but remains a constant threat.


The Dane has suffered since the departure of Peter Bosz, but remains a powerful threat up front. With five goals to his name, Dolberg has still shown he is capable of clinical finishes, as well as excellent dribbling.


No under a new innovative manager in Erik ten Hag, we could yet see the striker hit top form yet again.

4. David Neres - 20

Best suited for: Chelsea


Joining for a relatively hefty €12m in January 2016, David Neres had to endure some criticism in his first few months in Amsterdam.


This season, Neres has exploded into life with eight goals and nine assists in sixteen Eredivisie matches. Unsurprisingly with the premature hype forever shrouding the league, the Brazilian has been likened to Neymar.


But the winger remains a serious threat with his incisive footwork and speed, tearing defences to shreds. The Klassieker win over Feyenoord at De Kuip a season highlight. 

3. Justin Kluivert - 18

Best suited for: Spurs


Like his father before him, Justin Kluivert has become a key part of Ajax's attacking talent, and came close to repeating Patrick's legacy of winning a European trophy last season.


Having being experimented with on the right, the 18-year-old has finally found his place on the left of Ajax's triumvirate. Kluivert is a typical inverted winger who has a penchant for cutting in and creating space or going for goal. 


All five goals have come from the left, showcasing his touch, composure and finishing abilities. The hat-trick against Roda JC is unmissable. 

2. Frenkie de Jong - 20

Best suited for: Man City


Truly an incredible talent, Frenkie de Jong has made a name for himself this campaign with some eye-catching performances in midfield.


The youngster is crucial to Ajax's philosophy of Total Football with expert dribbling and passing skills bellying his age. Seven assists with a pass success rate of 91.9% very much back-up such claims.


Interestingly, de Jong has been experimented with at centre-back, following the departure of Davinson Sanchez, but has excelled in building out from the back.

1. Matthijs de Ligt - 18

Best suited for: Everyone


A talent who can really become special, Matthijs de Ligt is yet another teenager who defies his age among peers.


The centre-back has had to step-up in light of recent departures and has not disappointed - arguably being the best defender in the league before the winter break. An expert tackler and force in the air, with pace to compliment, de Ligt has what it takes to become a complete defender.


Moreover, the defender has started every Eredivisie match this season, and, like de Jong, boats a strong passing success rate of 90.4%.

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