Scouted: Ajax’s next big thing

Kasper Dol­berg

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CLUB Ajax PO­SI­TION For­ward

TECH­NI­CAL

His quick feet, abil­ity on the ball and goalscor­ing record help to make him the com­plete striker. He is also strong out­side the box, from where he has scored some im­pres­sive goals al­ready. His ca­pac­ity to shoot ac­cu­rately, beat op­po­nents and com­bine well with his team-mates have made him look like a true Ajax player. Ar­riv­ing from Dan­ish club Silke­borg in 2015, he started in the youth ranks be­fore join­ing the likes of Jo­han Cruyff, Marco van Bas­ten and Pa­trick Kluiv­ert by find­ing the net on his first-team de­but, against PAOK in July. A left-winger at first, Dol­berg has con­verted to be­come a lone front­man.

MEN­TAL

A laid-back and very calm char­ac­ter, he pos­sesses an ex­cel­lent at­ti­tude for the game. Emo­tions do not tend to take over with this striker, so op­po­nents are un­able to throw him off his stride. Dol­berg of­ten cel­e­brates scor­ing a goal in a mod­est way – partly in keep­ing with his char­ac­ter, and partly be­cause he has re­cently said that it might take him away from his fo­cus on the game. Given his qual­i­ties and his abil­ity to re­main un­flus­tered, he is al­ready be­ing com­pared with Ajax and Nether­lands le­gend Den­nis Bergkamp, who has been work­ing as their as­sis­tant man­ager since 2011 and can help Dol­berg de­velop fur­ther.

PHYS­I­CAL

At more than 6ft tall he’s a good height for a striker, al­though he is yet to really de­velop phys­i­cally. De­spite that, he is strong with his body and uses it smartly, and he’s also good in the air. His jump­ing power is aided by the time that he spent play­ing hand­ball as a young­ster – both of his par­ents were top hand­ball play­ers in Den­mark, but he chose to pri­ori­tise foot­ball at the age of 12. He spent a few spells watch­ing on from the side­lines dur­ing 2015-16 due to sev­eral in­jury prob­lems and it was an­tic­i­pated that he would need to be rested at times in this cam­paign, but so far he has been a reg­u­lar fix­ture in the Ajax side.

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