Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder has backed Nigeria defender Calvin Bassey to become an important player at the club.
Bassey was sent on his first competitive appearance for the Eredivisie champions against PSV Eindhoven last month.
The versatile defender, who came to the Netherlands with a huge reputation having starred for Scottish Premiership club, Glasgow Rangers last season has come under intense criticism for the horrific tacke in the defeat to PSV.
Schreuder is however miffed by criticism of the Nigeria international and has tipped him to come back stronger.
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“Anyone who knows anything about football and who watched him at Rangers last season should know what his qualities are. If people don’t know that, it’s not my problem. Calvin is just a really good player. He is very good at defending one-on-one and is also very quick,”Schreuder was quoted by the Daily Record.
“Yes, there are some things that could be improved but he is working on that and he was also working on that with Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
“Gio considers good football to be of paramount importance and it says a lot because that’s why he put him into the centre of his defence last season.
“He’s a guy with a huge drive who wants to achieve something and I think he will be an excellent purchase.”
Bassey is expected to make his Eredivisie bow against Ajax Amsterdam this weekend after serving his two-game suspension.
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