Rich and poor clubs round Europe dug deep inside their coffers to bring in fresh faces offer their fans a fair share of excitement and to bolster their squad.
As young players intention to breakthrough the positions and cement their place what adds to the flavour within this seasons UEFA Champions League is the expectation of blood bettering the old guard.
Featuring in the national leagues in years is that the minimum– European stage being the zenith.
Like Matthijs de Ligt directed Ajax to the semi-finals of last season, Trent Alexander-Arnold sent his team to the closing of Champions League last year, Harry Winks and Frenkie de Jong shouldered responsibility for their respective teams, this year also holds promise of changing boys to men.
Busting the myth that defenders can break due to lack of experience, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Matthijs de Ligt paved the way for its new crop of these manning the backline.
Ajax is 1 team that has never shied away from providing teens chances. However, the manner Lisandro Martínez has made Amsterdam his home, arriving from Buenos Aires, Erik ten Hag is filled with optimism. The 21-year-old centre-back looks comfortable stepping into the boots of p Ligt. He has been attempted in a midfield role.
Another debutant in exactly the same team this season is 18-year-old Sergino Dest, who has put right-back Noussair Mazraoui’s standing in the first team in danger with his lead and incisive movement down the flank.
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