Calvin Bassey has been criticised for his performances at Ajax since his move from Rangers over the summer which was a big-money deal.
The Nigerian was on the wrong side of a 5-1 demolition against Napoli in the Champions League earlier this week with his defending being called into question.
He was signed as Lisandro Martinez’s replacement as the Argentine was sold to Manchester United and the Dutch league champions paid £19million for him. [Glasgow Times]
Ajax made a colossal £190million through transfer sales this summer and signed players only worth £95million which has led to criticism from some of their former players.
Marco van Basten said, “Let’s be honest here, 6-1 was a massacre. To be outclassed like that by Napoli is unacceptable. Yes, they are a good team, but even so.
“Look at their transfer business and the amount of money Ajax have received. They’ve spent 100 million Euros, but on what?
“The only players who are actually playing are Calvin Bassey and Steven Bergwijn. The transfers have been strange and crazy. There’s something not right there.”
Marciano Vink joined in the criticism as he said, “Calvin Bassey’s predecessor, Lisandro Martínez, was great at passing and reading the game.
“From the first moment I watched Bassey on his debut against Almere City, I was shocked at how bad his passing was.
“I think he is typical of the scouting and purchasing from the club. When he gets the ball, there is no danger to an opponent. He has to improve quickly.”
Ross Wilson may be criticised for many things at Ibrox and rightly so, but one cannot fault him for getting how much the club did for Bassey.
He saw an opportunity when Martinez wanted out as his former manager Erik ten Hag wanted him at Old Trafford and he made the 23-year-old available.
Rangers made a club-record sale at a time when Bassey’s value was arguably at his highest.
We do not see him becoming more expensive in the coming years and this is definitely one of Ajax’s big transfer failings.