Carel Eiting (16/19)

One of Jong Ajax’s key players last season, 19-year-old defensive midfielder Carel Eiting makes the cut at #4. A playmaker who prefers to sit deep, Eiting has the versatility to play in a more forward midfield role or even at centre-half. Wherever he plays, the Dutch youth international provides a presence like no other. Eiting is one of the most technically sound players I’ve seen at such an age who somewhat reminds me of Xabi Alonso for the way in which he bosses the play in front of the defensive line.

Eiting’s passing and ball control are both spectacular. He is also strong and agile, which allows him to maneuver through tight spaces when being pressed tight. Carel’s cross-pitch vision and composure sees him calmly pick out teammates from far distances, while his short passing is also quite good. Eiting is also a reputable defender, as his tackles and positioning are pretty good for a playmaker-type midfielder. Finally, Carel Eiting’s overall awareness makes him one of the smartest players on the pitch at any given time.

This season is an interesting one for Eiting. We’ve seen Donny van de Beek and Frenkie de Jong stake their claim as first team players, but the road seems to be winding a bit more for Carel. Many fans would like to see veteran Lasse Schøne phased out of the deep-lying playmaker role in favor of either van de Beek or de Jong. If that’s the case, Eiting may find himself as a rotational player in the midfield.

Written by Alex Dieker

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Crossbar Post, as well as a writer for AjaxDaily and lover of all things Ajax!