Siem de Jong, Luis Manuel Orejuela and Maximilian Wöber will begin Saturday’s game against PEC Zwolle on the bench. According to Marcel Keizer, the brand-new Ajacieds haven’t trained with the team enough to tempt Ajax’s coach to make changes to his squad, as he explained during Friday’s press conference.
“Wöber arrived here 2 weeks ago”, says the coach. “He trained with us for 1 or 2 days before interlands started.” The central defender was called up to the Austrian national team for the first time, however he didn’t see any action during the two World Cup qualification games played by the team.
Wöber has now been back in Amsterdam for a few days. “Obviously he can play very well, but it’s tough to evaluate him so soon”, said Keizer.
Colombian player needs to adjust
Another newcomer, Orejuela, had no interland commitments, thus was able to train at de Toekomst Sports Complex more often. “He’s an up-an-coming, sparky right back, and I’ve seen quite a bit of him”, was Keizer’s analysis. “He played with the Ajax Reserves against the PSV Reserves, and did what was expected of him. He now needs to adjust and get used to certain things. He’ll be able to show what he can do in the next few weeks.”
The same goes for De Jong, a familiar face. “Siem is fit. He’s been training here since his arrival”, says Keizer with satisfaction. “During training, you can see that he’s 28 years old, and we don’t have many players of this age in our selection. In duels, he’s stronger than the young guys. He’s heading in the right direction. But he, himself, feels that he needs to make more progress in order to be a candidate for a spot on the squad.”