Less than one year ago, Justin Kluivert made his Jong Ajax debut. In January he made his Ajax first team debut. In a similar light to his father, Patrick, Kluivert sent the fans of the club into a joyous frenzy after only a few appearances. The winger, who can play on either the right or left, is one of the more remarkable stories of the 2016/17 campaign. Ajax was struggling at the halfway point; Bertrand Traoré’s inconsistency, Amin Younes’ lack of a finishing product, and the sale of Anwar El Ghazi meant the flanks were a barren wasteland. When Kluivert emerged as a first team option at only 17 (now 18), everyone was understandably relieved.
Justin Kluivert is a phenomenal winger in every sense of the word. His speed off the block coupled with his insanely deceptive dribbling skills absolutely terrorizes defenders. Once he beats his man, Kluivert has the know-how to either slide the ball across the box to a trailing teammate, send in an accurate cross with either foot, or make a beautiful through ball to split the defense.
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Having already amassed plenty of first team appearances last season, Justin Kluivert has begun the season as Keizer’s first choice right-winger over Brazilian David Neres. To challenge an expensive, slightly older player and beat him to a starting spot is one thing. But when Kluivert left the pitch after Ajax’s 3-3 aggregate loss (on away goals) to OGC Nice for Champions League qualification, there was no doubt that he was the man of the match. The sky is the limit for young Justin. We’re all excited to see what happens next.