Ajax boss Maurice Steijn has revealed he would love to have Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek back in his Ajax squad amidst his team struggles this season with Manchester United.
The Dutch giants have endured a difficult start to the season, winning just one of their opening six Eredivisie games, and sit 16th in the table.
Steijn joined from Sparta Rotterdam in the summer and lamented on the quality in his squad, with the club selling their best players over the years, and named Van de Beek as one of them.
“I look at the teenagers who can offer more than the players on the bench,” said Steijn.
“(Some of our senior players) Are not yet able to bring it in training and during substitute appearances.
“No, I haven’t written them off. But I make different choices based on what I see in training and what I think the team needs.
“Of course, this team would benefit incredibly from experienced players, such as Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek. Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic also excelled. We don’t have those guys, and that is a disadvantage for the team.”
Van de Beek has been largely disappointing since joining the club in a £35m deal from Ajax in 2020.
The 26-year-old has never been able to hold down a place in the United first team, making just 62 appearances for the club, scoring twice.
It remains to be seen if Ajax will make a move to re-sign the player in the January transfer window.