Black Stars midfielder Mohammed Kudus is feeling confident heading into the 2022/23 season after impressing in pre-season.
The Ghana international scored for the fourth time in four games for Ajax, who were defeated 5-3 by PSV in an entertaining Dutch Super Cup match last Saturday.
Kudus came on as a second-half substitute in the 63rd minute and scored for the Dutch champions in less than 10 minutes.
He expertly controlled an aerial ball with his knee and unleashed a stunning volley into the net to bring the score back to 4-3, but Ajax were then reduced to 10 men, allowing PSV to seal victory with their fifth goal.
Kudus has thrived in his new role as a false nine, scoring four goals in 141 minutes. Last week, Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder hinted that Kudus would continue to play in the attacking role.
“We have also used him a lot in training as a striker and as a right winger. He does that very well. He plays on intuition, which makes him very difficult for opponents to defend. He is strong, fast and agile. good impression,” said Schreuder in conversation with Ajax TV.
“I don’t just do things. There’s a real idea behind this. Kudus as number seven or nine is a long-term option.”
Kudus struggled last season, playing only 20 games and scoring one goal due to injuries, but his pre-season form suggests that this season will be different.