The big criticism of journalists who predict how good a young player will become is that they are projecting a false image on a ‘blank canvas’, or a player who could be amazing but likely won’t. Saying a player like Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, a versatile, 17-year-old midfielder currently breaking into the Under-19’s, is a great prospect at the club can be seen as quite speculative. A Dutch player who is still playing at his age level doesn’t seem like anything special. However, if you watch Ekkelenkamp play I am sure he won’t disappoint.
Jurgen Ekkelenkamp always seems to stand out when it matters. Watching the lanky teenager roam around on the pitch may remind one of your average, unspectacular footballer. However, the versatile playmaker is always the one to make the key through ball, put an end to an opposition attack, or get forward and score a game-winning goal. In a way, Ekkelenkamp reminds me of former captain Davy Klaassen. He has played anywhere from striker to defensive midfielder in the youth ranks, but his best role seems to be as some sort of a ‘support striker’.
It’s certainly very hard to predict potential, but I believe Jurgen Ekkelenkamp has what it takes to break into the Ajax first team in the future. His technical ability, goal-scoring prowess, and all-around play makes him a player to watch over the next few seasons.