Ajax have had a fairly successful season. The league title is still a possibility, they’re already in the final of the KNVB cup and are looking to reach the Champions League last four for the first time since 1996/97. Their excellent youth academy continues to produce exceptional talent; the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have been crucial to their success.
After the sale of De Jong to Barcelona, the Amsterdam-based club desperately need a player who can fill the void of the highly influential player. And it seems they’ve identified Standard Liège player Răzvan Marin as the one to bear this responsibility. In this tactical analysis, we’ll find out to what extent Marin can help Ajax build upon their success next season using statistics.
Marin is a 22-year-old central defender who can help in both attack and defence. Standard Liège play mostly in a 4-3-3 where Marin slots into the right side of midfield. However, his average positions show he plays as a right centre-midfielder but has also drifted up as an attacking midfielder.
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