Downer for Steijn: key player is missing in Classic against Feyenoord
Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 11:47 AM
Steven Bergwijn will not appear at the kick-off in De Klassieker against Feyenoord, De Telegraaf reports. The Ajax captain is struggling with an infected wisdom tooth and therefore has to miss the game. Steven Berghuis will take over the captaincy from Bergwijn and will probably take a place in the attack due to the latter’s absence.
According to the morning newspaper, Carlos Forbs, who was good for a goal and an assist in the 3-3 draw against Olympique Marseille, will take over Bergwijn’s place on the left. Berghuis will therefore leave for the other side, leaving a spot available in midfield for Branco van den Boomen. In the left wing position, Steijn may also have access to Mika Godts, where Georges Mikautadze is also still on the bench. The Georgian has also played from the left in the past.
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For Van den Boomen it would be the first starting place since the 0-0 draw with Fortuna Sittard. According to De Telegraaf, he will form the midfield together with Silvano Vos and Kenneth Taylor. Benjamin Tahirovic loses his starting place after his mediocre performance against Marseille. Steijn is not expected to make any adjustments at the back.
Earlier this Sunday, club watcher Mike Verweij came up with another remarkable story about the extremely troubled Ajax. Director of football affairs Sven Mislintat stormed into the trainer’s room and other offices on Saturday. According to Verweij, the technical director wanted to increase the pressure around De Klassieker and the ‘possible dismissal of Steijn in the event of a defeat against Feyenoord’. Mislintat’s action aroused the anger of the technical staff and other employees at Sportpark De Toekomst, it is said. Steijn was not present at that time to respond to the question.
Possible line-up Ajax: Gorter; Gaaei, Sutalo, Hato, Sosa; Van den Boomen, Taylor, Vos; Forbs, Brobbey, Berghuis.
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