Schuurs apprenticed to Bogarde: ‘Must become more ruthless’ | Football


After his switch from Fortuna Sittard last year, Schuurs seemed destined to succeed Matthijs de Ligt, who had left for Juventus. “But Veltman came back very strong and I actually only played when he was not available”, the right-footed defender knows.

For the time being, Schuurs, together with Edson Alvarez and Jurriën Timber, may decide who can play in the heart of the defense next to Blind. “That does give confidence,” he says. “I now have the feeling that it is realistic that I will get the chance.”

Schuurs played a number of excellent matches for Ajax last season, but he made a horrible mistake in both the final phase of the game with AZ and the Europa League match against Getafe. “I think that has to do with concentration, because I made those mistakes in the last minutes. I know what to do better. I want to show myself as best I can now. I must now seize the opportunity that I get. Becoming a basic player of Ajax is now a real goal. ”

He also learns from assistant trainer Winston Bogarde. “Everyone knows what Winston was like a defender,” said Schuurs. “He could use his strength like no other and he has been very busy with me in recent weeks. He wants to convey all that to me too. That is only good for me, I can take advantage of it. I have to become more ruthless ”, admits the Limburger. “I still have to improve on that point.”

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