He's been abysmal 2 times out of three I've seen him. Not just bad, but abysmal. Shrewsbury replay he just about redeemed himself but... it was Shrewsbury.Serious questions need to be asked to whoever scouted and signed Van den berg for Liverpool. He is abysmal.
It's not that Ajax weren't fussed. It's just that the best players (Rensch, Taylor, Unuvar) of last season's U19 (that qualified for this stage of the tournament) are all with the first team in Austria doing preseason, which is far more helpful for their season and chances at breaking though, as well as a (probably) experience/opportunity they themselves value more. The only one of that core of the side who was left behind was Hansen (possibly (speculatively) because of indications he won't extend/is on his way out, possibly just because his position in the first team squad is more deeply occupied than some of the others)Salzburg Madrid should be a high scoring game, neither can defend. Adeyemi is one to watch for Salzburg, he will probably break into the first team this season. Games on BT.
Real shame that Ajax didn't care about the competition, sent their reserve squad for these games. They would probably win it if Taylor, Brobbey and Unuvar + a few others travelled. Not sure why they weren't that fussed given their record in the competition is really poor given the standard of their youth academy.