It says a lot about the attacking depth at Ajax’s disposal that, while they were putting 13 goals past VVV Venlo to set a new Eredivisie record, a man loaned out by the Amsterdam giants was continuing his own remarkable streak in Holland’s top flight.
It was certainly a surprise when Tottenham Hotspur, back in July, found themselves linked with a 21-year-old forward who at the time had just 73 minutes of senior football under his belt (CalcioNews24).
But since graduating from the esteemed Ajax finishing school and moving on loan to FC Twente, Danilo is proving once and for all that he is more than ready for the rigours of the senior game.
The Sao Paolo-born striker scored goals for fun in Ajax’s reserves and, while the defenders are a little more grizzled this season and the pressure ramped up a notch, his ability to put the ball in the back of the net remains intact.
It took just 15 seconds for Danilo to net his fifth goal in just the sixth Eredivisie start of his short career in Twente’s clash with Utrecht on Saturday.
A real penalty pox presence, the former Santos starlet swept home in style after yet another assist from his quicksilver sidekick Vaclav Cerny – another who honed his talents at the iconic Johan Cruyff Arena.
‘He has something extra. He is fast, he now plays every week and is gaining confidence,” former Twente coach Jan van Staa told Football Time, via Al Khaleej Today.
And while Ajax arent exactly short of goalscorers, with Lassina Traore scoring five in that historic trouncing of Venlo while Klaas Jan Hunterlaar watched on from the bench, Danilo’s rapid-fire goalscoring hasn’t gone unnoticed back home.
Speaking to AD this week, Danilo admitted that Marc Overmars, Ajax’s director of football, had congratulated him on his stunning start to the season.
There is quite a difference, of course, between Twente and Tottenham.
But as long as Danilo continues to make the step up to senior level look easy, the Dutch giants will be at risk of losing another young talent to the vultures from abroad.