Ajax are, of course, famous for their endless production of quality Dutch players, the Eredivisie side fielded a side with an average age of 22 for their recent Europa League Final. But when considering Ajax’s non-Dutch players over the years, who would make the best XI?
While the Amsterdam have helped the careers of players like Edwin van der Saar, Clarence Seedorf and a whole host of the Netherlands best ever players – their scouting department hasn’t been too bad either when it has come to bringing in talent from across Europe.
We’ve put the team together in a 4-3-3 formation.
Not many teams can come close to the backroom staff of Ajax in regards to the recruiting and development of players – the Amsterdam club seem to never be short of an up and coming star.
What’s unfortunate for Ajax is that this team never got the chance to play together, but not just that, this team doesn’t even include any of the homegrown players which the club have produced – a testament to the level of quality which Ajax have brought in over the years.
Effectively, if the Dutch Eredivisie was a little bit richer and reputable, Ajax would certainly be up there with the best teams in the world. In many aspects of football, they already are, but, it’s just not possible to match the wages of Europe’s elite – they’re effectively a cherry-tree.
While frustrating for Ajax fans that their league does not rake in as much money as Europe’s big divisions, they can take solace in the fact that the players which Ajax develop can still benefit the national team.
English clubs, especially, could learn a lot from their Dutch counterparts.