Tonight’s final round of Eredivisie matches for the 2018/19 season is likely to be the last time you can see Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech feature in the colours of AFC Ajax.
The Amsterdam club will (barring an absolute calamity in which they suffer a defeat and PSV win, with the combined results bridging a massive 14-goal gap) wrap up the Eredivisie title in their match away to De Graafschap tonight. You can see live coverage of what is likely to be Ajax’s coronation as Dutch champions on Fox Sports 1 from 19h20 CAT.
Matthijs de Ligt – 19, defender
2018/19 Eredivisie stats: 32 appearances, 3 goals, 3 assists, 2880 minutes played
The teenage defender has been a massive presence for Ajax despite his tender years, and the fact that he wears the captain’s armband speaks volumes for his character and leadership qualities. Little wonder, then, that he is set to leave the club at the end of the season, with Barcelona his most likely destination. However, Manchester City have also been mentioned as a possible suitors, with de Ligt seen as a long-term replacement for club captain Vincent Kompany.
Read: De Ligt to leave Ajax
Frenkie de Jong – 22, midfielder
2018/19 Eredivisie stats: 30 appearances, 4 goals, 3 assists, 2427 minutes played
Stylish and versatile midfielder Frenkie de Jong is the one player we know for sure will be leaving Ajax, having already agreed a big-money deal to join Spanish champions Barcelona once the season is completed. The 22-year-old combines graft and resilience with an elegant ability to put his teammates into space. His comfort on the ball will make him a great fit for Barcelona – and a huge void to fill for Ajax from the 2019/20 campaign.
Read: Ruud Gullit: Frenkie de Jong a little bit like Zidane
Hakim Ziyech – 26, winger
2018/19 Eredivisie stats: 28 appearances, 16 goals, 16 assists, 2321 minutes played
Speed, skill, vision and finishing ability – Moroccan star Hakim Ziyech has all of this in his locker and quite frankly it’s a surprise that Ajax have managed to keep a hold of him for three years. The 26-year-old’s return of 16 goals and 16 assists is absolutely brilliant and it would be a major surprise if he didn’t leave the Johan Cruyff Arena in the coming weeks and months, with the likes of Roma, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool linked with the North African star in the past. First, though, he’ll have the platform to further enhance his reputation when Morocco take part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
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