Wim Kieft: Tadic the most complete Ajax forward since Van Basten

Wim Kieft: Tadic the most complete Ajax forward since Van Basten

Few players have had the resurgence late in their career that can match that of Dusan Tadic after landing at Ajax last summer. The Serbian had two great, and two mediocre seasons at Southampton before coming back to Holland. And after reaching the Champions League semi-final, earnings L'Equipe perfect 10 score for his performance against Real Madrid, winning the domestic double, getting the captain's armband, and being on the shortlist for Ballon d'Or, Tadic is getting even more praise.

The former Dutch player Wim Kieft, who won Euro 1988 with the Netherlands squad and played for both Ajax and PSV, issued high praise for the 30-year-old player who is playing mostly as a false nine in Amsterdam.

"Dusan Tadic is the most complete striker we've had in the Netherlands since the Marco van Basten era. Donyell Malen and Myron Boadu cannot bring what Tadic is currently bringing to Amsterdam," Kieft compared the Serbian with the PSV and AZ Alkmaar forwards.

Kieft didn't say the best striker, as some media outlets are wrongly reporting, but that he is the most well-rounded.

"If you put the strikers of Ajax in a row after the Marco van Basten period, then Dusan Tadic is the most complete of them all. He cannot match Van Basten because Marco was faster, physically stronger, and could head the ball well. But Tadic's specific qualities fit great with the football that Ajax likes to play. He lets a team play football," said Kieft.

But the praise is still high considering the big names that went through Ajax like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Suarez, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and others. 

The former player who scored 69 goals in 96 games for Ajax between 1979 and 1983 believes that Ajax were lucky to find Ajax.

"Ajax has not been able to train such a striker like Tadic in recent decades and the Serbian is more or less a fluke. How often has he been able to find his left leg in such a situation to put Donny van de Beek away or put it back on Hakim Ziyech?", asked Kieft.

Tadic was the Eredivisie top scorer last year alongside Luuk de Jong with both scoring 28 goals in 34 matches.


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