Vaclav Černý (13/19)

Once heralded as Ajax’s next superstar winger, opinions of Černý have cooled down recently. The Czech winger, who often plays on the right side despite being left-footed, only appeared in five Eredivisie matches last season. Some reports have revealed a supposed unhappiness at Ajax and a willingness to leave this summer, but the aforementioned appointment of Keizer may be a glimmer of hope for Vaclav.

Whether he stays or goes, Černý is no doubt an extremely talented player. The inverted winger has great technique on the ball. Černý’s dribbling often leaves defenders dumbfounded and his free kicks produce a similar reaction from defeated goalkeepers. His long shots after cutting inside are reminiscent of Arjen Robben, as is his speed running down the flank. Černý can play out wide on the left as well which makes him a versatile asset to Ajax’s attack.

The Czech U-21 international, who made the move to Ajax in 2014, probably deserves to be receiving more playing time than he’s gotten over the years at the club. That being said, the signing of David Neres and emergence of Justin Kluivert have really dampened Černý’s chances in the first team unless he plays in a less natural left-wing role. It remains to be seen what the future holds for the lively winger with loads of flair, so enjoy his moments of brilliance while you can.

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!