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Ajax legend Marco van Basten isn’t impressed by the attitude of Ryan Gravenberch, hitting out at the reported Tottenham Hotspur target on Ziggo Sport despite another thumping Eredivisie win. 

By his own admission, the Netherlands international would benefit from adding concentration to his undoubted class. 

After Ajax’s 9-0 battering of newly promoted SC Cambuur last week, Gravenberch acknowledged his focus can drift in games when the three points are secured so early. 

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“When we take the lead so quickly, I find it difficult to keep this focus. Then, I get a little too loose,” he said. 

Such comments are unlikely to go down to well in north London, especially after Tottenham’s attitude came under fire following a dismal derby defeat to arch rivals Arsenal yesterday. 

Van Basten wasn’t impressed either, the three-time Ballon D’Or winner seizing the opportunity to remind Gravenberch he’s far from the finished article. 

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“I think this is really strange,” reflected the AC Milan and Ajax legend, via Voetbal Zone. {He is 18 years old (correction, he’s 19). When you’re 18, you can’t say this.  

“If you’re not motivated by then, what are you going to do when you’re 22? I think it’s really inappropriate.  

“If you excel in the Dutch league every week, okay. But how many good games has he played? A few, and then you’re already stuffed?

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“I’m curious how he’ll perform if he ends up in a major European league. Then, you don’t have time to fall asleep.”

Erik ten Hag struck a similar tone when asked about £26 million-rated Gravenberch after Ajax’s 3-0 victory over Groningen at the weekend. 

“(Gravenberch) has to watch out. He has a lot of talent and has gone through an enormous development. But if he wants to continue, he must keep raising the bar,” Ten Hag says. 

According to Calciomercato, Fabio Paratici hopes to fight off competition from old employers Juventus as the fight for Gravenberch’s signature heats up. 

But clearly Gravenberch still has a lot to learn. The good thing is, the teenager is aware of his faults – and aware of the need to change them.

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