Justin Kluivert: Wonderkid or not?
The Dutch Eredivisie doesn't receive anywhere near as much attention as it deserves these days but the limelight has swung in Ajax's direction over the last 48 hours. A news story broke on Saturday if you were paying attention, that a very familiar name would be on the bench for Ajax as they took on PEC Zwolle.
Kluivert. Justin Kluivert.
It could've been coincidence but, with a surname that recognisable, there's only one man who could've fathered young Justin. You guessed it; Patrick Kluivert himself.
The legendary Dutch forward won the Champion's League with Ajax before moving to Barcelona and winning a La Liga title with the Catalan giants. He even had a Premier League cameo with Newcastle United before single-season stints with Valencia, PSV and Lille. 200 goals in 468 career appearances for club and country is some kind of record for his son to live up to but the future looks bright.
Three appearances for Ajax's reserve side have proven enough to impress manager Peter Bosz and Kluivert was thrown into the action against PEC Zwolle six minutes before half-time. Sadly, Kluivert senior wasn't there to see his son's big moment as he is currently the sporting director at PSG but he was full of praise for Justin's debut on social media.
Although Justin didn't find the net for Ajax in the game, he did string together some impressive moves with his senior teammates and he'll have learnt a lot about the demands of first-team football.
He'll have to go a long way to outdo his father's efforts as an Ajax player; Kluivert senior scored the winning goal in the 1995 Champion's League final having made his league debut earlier that season. Justin has debuted earlier than his father at just seventeen where Patrick was eighteen but he looks no less of a man than his dad in the Ajax first team.
It remains to be seen if Kluvivert junior will be given many more chances this season as Ajax look to close the gap on Eredivisie leaders Feyenoord but clearly his manager has faith that he will develop into a classy winger.
If you're tempted to sign him up on your FIFA or Football Manager saves, you might be a bit disappointed with his current and potential abilities. EA have labelled the youngster as an OVR 61 with a potential OVR of 79 where FM sees him as a rather average option that may develop into a quality star depending on how often he is played.
More research is needed before a real judgement can be made on Kluivert's potential but he looks a pacy, well-built winger that is definitely going to give some full backs problems in years to come. I have every faith that he'll be signing for PSG in the near future given his father's connection with the club and the Ligue 1 giants could offer him a stepping stone into the limelight.