Kasper Dolberg is still Ajax’s first centre forward, as Marcel Keizer confirmed at Friday’s press conference prior to the competition game against ADO Den Haag. The coach also said that the formation with both Dolberg and Huntelaar is not dead yet.
“We haven’t trained specifically with just one system, but even if we had, I wouldn’t reveal it”, the coach joked with reporters. “But the last game (against PEC) with both Huntelaar and Dolberg wasn’t good enough. We need to train and play more in that system.”
First centre forward
The coach continued:”But Kasper (Dolberg) is still our first centre forward. That isn’t to say that Huntelaar won’t play, because if we feel that Dolberg needs some rest of is out of form, then it’s a possibility. But he’s definitely our first centre forward”, pronounced Keizer about the 19 year-old Dane.
The centre forward position can be seen as a luxury problem, because there’s a third candidate, Mateo Cassierra, who’s playing very well with the Ajax Reserves. “Mateo’s playing very well with the Ajax Reserves. We see that in training, too. He needs to be solid, though, because his competition for the spot is Kasper and Klaas Jan. But that’s good”, was Keizer’s positive take on the competition for the position.
The Ajax coach ended with opponent ADO. “It’s a highly charged game. We need to be on the ball and ensure that we defend together. They’ll try to create danger with fast guys like Sheraldo Becker. We’ll need to watch out for that, because that’s ADO’s big weapon.”