South African midfielder Keanin Ayer has made the list of the best midfielders in Sweden for the 2020/21 season so far.
The Right to Dream Academy graduate has been ranked amongst the midfielders with the best forward passes in the final third of the game despite having played only 17 of his club’s 22 games so far this season.
Ayer is naturally a central midfielder, but after an injury to the club’s first-choice right-back last season, the youngster from Eldorado Park was drafted in as a temporary replacement for the position, but he did so well he played as a right-back with Varbergs gaining promotion to the top flight of Swedish football.
This season the 20-year-old has been drafted back to his more favoured midfield role alongside compatriot Luke Le Roux who plays a more defensive role in the team while Ayer is more central with a role of linking the defence and attack.
To prove his quality in that central role Ayer has already been named amongst the top three midfielders who play forward passes in the final third of the pitch which proves his abilities as a passer of the ball.
Right to Dream academy prides itself in the philosophy of ball-playing while using skill to eliminate opponents. The Academy’s identity is clear to see in its graduates, the likes of Mohammad Kudus of Ajax, Keanin Ayer, Kamal Sulemana of FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark and even the legendary Michael Essien.
Varbergs host Norrkoping on Sunday as the Allsvenskan resumes and the midfielder will be gearing up to get going alongside countrymen Luke Le Roux and Tashreeq Matthews.
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By Prince Sobayeni