Kudus, the perfect replacement for Ziyech at Ajax

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After making his league debut for Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, Ghanaian attacking midfielder Mohammad Kudos has left the world stunned at the amount of potential he has under his belt.

The midfielder signed a 5-year-deal with Ajax from Danish Superliga side FC Nodsjaeland where he had been terrorising defenders for the past two seasons.

Kudus made his Eredivisie debut against SBV Vitesse with 10 men Ajax winning 2-1 thanks to a brilliant run from the Ghanaian international who sprinted through the midfield going past three Vitesse players before putting the ball on the plate for Anthony who slotted home with ease to give Ajax the three points.

Ajax paid 9 million Euros for the man dubbed as the next Hakim Ziyech at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

WHO IS KUDUS?

Kudus is just another African kid from an underprivileged background whose talent was nurtured at the prestigious Right to Dream Academy in Accra.

Born on the 2nd of August 2000, the midfielder joined the Right to Dream Academy at the age of 12 going on to stay until he was 17 when he moved to Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjaelland who kept him with the B team until he was 18 years old.

Kudus got his official debut for FCN only three days after his 18th birthday in a 0–2 defeat against Brondby IF. He was playing from the first minute as an attacker, but was replaced at half time and welcomed to senior football with a defeat.

After making his debut, the midfielder became the 9th youngest debutant in the history of FC Nordsjælland and joined the growing number of African players to have gone through the system at Nordsjaelland who have a direct link with Right to Dream Academy in Accra.

In the past two years, the 20-year-old made 51 senior team appearances for the Danish side scoring 14 goals. In fact with that return at such a tender age, Kudus turned a few heads all around Europe with clubs like Copenhagen also showing strong interest before Ajax snatched him with that 9 million Euros deal.

At Ajax, Kudus is expected to become a very key player in creating and scoring goals after the departure of Hakim Ziyech to English Premier League side Chelsea.

At international level, Kudus played for Ghana’s youth teams from U-17 up to U-20 level before making his senior debut where he scored a beautiful goal against South Africa as Ghana won 2-0 at home in the AFCON qualifiers played in November 2019.

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