Hamstra is experiencing the busiest transfer summer at Ajax for a long time: “Shouldn’t be a pattern”

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Gerry Hamstra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were given the opportunity this summer to prove themselves as a suitable duo to determine Ajax’s technical policy. We’ll know at the end of the season whether they succeeded, but one thing is certain: it turned out to be the busiest transfer summer in a long time.

Not quite the intention, according to Hamstra. “This shouldn’t be a pattern. This is really an incident.”

The technical director speaks just before the won match against Fortuna Sittard. He has had a turbulent summer in which he has already spent more than 85 million on new players. A record.

Hamstra about busy transfer summer: “Shouldn’t be a pattern, this is really an incident”

“This is a window in which eight or nine players have left. That is not normal at Ajax. You have to act accordingly. If this becomes a pattern, it is a different story. But this is just a window that runs like this.” , explains Hamstra.

Unlike last season, Ajax indeed saw more basic players than ever leave. Noussair Mazraoui, Ryan Gravenberch, Sébastien Haller, Nicolás Tagliafico and Lisandro Martínez; they all chose to take a step abroad. Revenue: 112 million euros.

“Of course there are a number of reasons why so many players have left. A number have left on a free transfer with expiring contracts. Guys like Sébastien (Haller ed.) and Lisandro (Martínez ed.) wanted to take the next step.”

“In that respect it has been a pretty busy window. Fortunately, we were able to act appropriately.”


Key players leaving

What is called. Hamstra’s first act was an essential one: appointing the new trainer Alfred Schreuder after the departure of Erik ten Hag. After long negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur, attacker Steven Bergwijn finally found his way to Amsterdam for a record amount.

Huge amounts

The purchases Calvin Bassey, Owen Wijndal and Brian Brobbey were also heavily involved. Can we expect these kinds of huge amounts more often with the duo Hamstra/Huntelaar?

“No, we do not assume that, that is not the intention. In that respect the policy is no different and we will do it just as we have done in recent years.”


Main purchases

With three weeks to go until the transfer market closes, Ajax seems ready for this summer. Earlier this week, the tree-long striker Lorenzo Lucca became the desired target man welcomed and Mexican right-back Jorge Sánchez boarded a plane on Sunday to sign in Amsterdam.

“At the moment we are mainly looking at guys who have a little less perspective and who can take the next step. The window is of course not completely over yet, but I mainly expect outgoing transfers.”

Ajax must first get rid of a number of superfluous players. For example, attacker Mohamed Daramy was already rented out to Copenhagen, but Kik Pierie, Lisandro Magallán and Sean Klaiber also seem to be allowed to leave Ajax.


And Perr Schuurs? “Perr would like to play more and he is playing today. We all know Perr’s qualities. Everyone is very happy with him. At the moment we really need him.”

The first official duels, with PSV in the Johan Cruijff Scale and Fortuna Sittard in the Eredivisie, made it clear that Ajax mainly has luxury problems in the front. In the back, the Amsterdammers turned out to be vulnerable. Has Ajax not misjudged the strength of the rear guard?

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Perr Schuurs played an unfortunate match against Fortuna Sittard and was substituted at half time

“Bassey was not there last week. We also said that we are still short of one defender, so that one (Sánchez ed.) is on the way. We have also seen that. On the other hand, you have seven good defenders. So it is not the case that a stop in the dike has to be made after a week.”

No jersey number Ihattaren

This week the numbers were announced at Ajax and a striking name that was missing was that of Mohamed Ihattaren. The midfielder returned to the training field last week after a restless period, but it is not yet clear what his future looks like at Ajax.

“I think we have been very clear in the statement this week. He has started again individually and we will see how that continues this week.”

“We are sitting with Mo himself this week. That is an open conversation and we will see how we can continue together.”