- Mar 28, 2019
I have factored in the opinions of those who have seen a particular player play in his role like I have done with Van de Beek. The Ajax fans on here couldn't even recollect Van de Beek's no 6/no 8 performance because they have been accustomed to the setup that got them their best runs. That was why I had to seek the opinion of a larger sample on their forum, especially at the time Van de Beek was deployed as a central midfielder. One of them said that he's always been fantastic as a no 6 and never had a bad game there. That's enough for me, not those saying "he's a no 10", "he's a Klassen" etc. I have seen him with my eyes to know he's not and the coach said he's not a no 10.I think the main point is you use Youtube clips and stats to make pretty strong claims about players while ignoring/downplaying the opinion of others who actually watch these guys play night in and out.
If Van de Beek had been playing as a central midfielder recently and some Ajax fans said he's not good enough, I would dial back on him but that's not the case here. Come to think of it, he's been good as a no 10 but as a midfielder, he's done better than what he's shown so far.
On Felix, most of those against him were Benfica rivals, not Benfica fans and it was even funny how they used the Switzerland match to back up their opinion of him not being good enough. I mean he barely had a touch except for chasing long ball all through the game yet some had thought he should have had a great performance. Those that even had plenty of touches on the ball didn't have a good game but a skinny young lad chasing long ball all through the game should?
I saw him play as a false 9 striker against Frankfurt and he was quite good in the role. He didn't even get to play as one against Switzerland. I know he's not yet the finished article and isn't worth 100mil which I have always opined but for a cut price, I feel he won't be bad.
That said, what I hate was his lies and other nonsense about what I didn't say.