2022 has been a momentous year for football fans around the globe. The year has seen some top talent come to the fore, but fear not, as more top talents are waiting to announce themselves on the big stage. In this article, we will see one such player to watch out for from the Eredivisie in 2023. The player has been shortlisted based on the number of minutes he has played, his role and importance at club level and, of course, his potential.
Ajax’s production line has never been struggling for budding stars emerging to take to the big stage. In recent times, some of the world’s best players have known to have started their careers at Ajax. Following the footsteps of Donny van de Beek, Christian Eriksen, Ryan Gravenberch and Davy Klaassen — Kenneth Taylor becomes the latest midfielder to emerge out of the famous Ajax academy.
Kenneth Taylor, born in 2002, has already made his senior international debut and looks set to become a regular for the national team very soon. The below visualization shows where the midfielder ranks when compared with the other midfielders from Eredivisie for some of the key metrics.
Taylor is quite versatile and has played in different positions in midfield. Having played predominantly as a left-sided midfielder, he has at times started as a lone defensive midfielder too. At only 18 years old, Taylor made his senior Ajax debut. Since then, he has gradually been integrated with the first team after impressing for Jong Ajax consistently. Ajax lost several players during the summer transfer window and rightly so Taylor is one of the players who has stepped up. He has already played more minutes than last season.
With five goals and four assists to his name, Kenneth Taylor is one of the leading offensive players for Ajax this season. He is a confident lad on the ball and quite often finds himself in good positions to receive the ball and dictate play. His passing numbers are above average as seen in the radar above. Defensively, he possesses the necessary physical attributes required for a player who plays in his position. However, his defensive numbers are average to below-par and it is an aspect of his game that he needs to improve on.
Kenneth Taylor has been highly rated for quite some time now, and he is finally a regular with Ajax’s senior team. He has now a lot more expectations on his shoulders. The early signs show that Taylor has a lot of potential and that is why he is a player to watch out for in 2023.