Ajax have a rich tradition of producing top talent - with the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Maarten Stekelenburg all current Premier League players who made the grade with Jong Ajax.
So whenever one of their talented youngsters seems to be available there is always likely to be a few teams from England interested in that player’s services.
On this occasion the young man in question was Ricardo Kishna. The winger has impressed the Dutch side’s coaches with his recent performances for the club but with his contract expiring at the end of the season they knew they faced a battle to hold on to the talented 19-year-old.
A left footer who likes playing from the right wing - he was being heavily linked with a move to Liverpool or Manchester City - while Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 were also expected to rival them for his services.
His contract expiry meant any deal to snap him up would have been reasonably cheap - likely to be an independent compensation charge decided at tribunal unlikely to exceed £1 million.
But in January he ended all speculation over his future by signing a new deal, keeping the ‘Dutch di Maria in Amsterdam for a further two years.
Today he was finally rewarded for his excellent Jong Ajax form with a first Eredivisie appearance for the club.
He entered the fray for the disappointing Bojan Krkic at half-time to the rapturous appluse of the home faithful.
And it did not take him long to make an impact against AZ Alkmaar.
Just 15 minutes into his league debut he scored his first goal for Ajax - surely the first of many…
Here it is…
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