Rising Stars – Match Performance Analysis: Justin Kluivert

As son of one hell of a legend, Patrick Kluivert, Justin obviously got transferred all of his father’s talent. Just being 17 the young Dutch is this season more and more becoming a full part of Ajax’s first team. Making his debut against Zwolle two weeks later he made his starting eleven debut against ADO Den Haag. Further The 1999 born is active for Ajax’s second team in Netherlands’ second division while also featuring in the UEFA Youth league for the Dutch side. Across the competitions he was able to get on the scoreboard three times and assisted another five goals in 12 appearances.

In Ajax Amsterdam’s victory against ADO Den Haag Kluivert mainly featured on the right wing in their typical 4-3-3 system with Dolberg playing upfront. Occasionally he switched sides with the German Amin Younes.

As you might expect the right-footed talent showed high ambitions to showcase his talent. From minute one he was on spot. Already just two minutes in the game he should have been awarded a penalty. That being impressive for itself the genesis to the penalty is even more so. His great backwards work lead to an interception near Ajax’s penalty box resulting finally in Kluivert being tripped in Den Haag’s danger zone however inexplicably not being rewarded for his work and neat dribbling.

Nonetheless unimpressed from that one minute later he again did very well to take advantage of his unbelievable pace and go past his opponent playing a dangerous cross into the box. Later on he could cross another ball in behind the defensive line presenting his very able right foot. Further he could showcase his passing quality with a decently weighted chip into the back of the defence after handling the ball with a nice flick. Also he himself moved well in space with one or another run behind Den Haag’s defensive line an with good usage of space.


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