Former Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz has cautioned against comparing former Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez to his replacement Calvin Bassey.Infomation Guide Nigeria
Bassey was brought in to replace Martinez, who joined former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag at Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
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Naturally, similarities have been made between the two talents, especially considering Bassey’s recent struggles with Ajax, who have won only one of their previous six matches.
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Many have criticised Bassey, thinking that his passing, mobility, and positional play do not meet the standards of a ball-playing Ajax team.
However, Boulahrouz has come out in support of the Nigerian international, arguing that it is wrong to compare Bassey to Martinez, since Martinez left as a finished product while Bassey is just beginning his career.
Boulahrouz said on Ziggo Sport as reported by Ajax Showtime: “It’s not really fair. Then we compare Bassey, who has just arrived, with a Martínez who is leaving at his peak.”
“He’s in that spot, but Martínez was a toxic defender and I think that was the nice thing about Daley Blind. He could attack relaxed and everything that happened in his back, he had Martínez for that,” Boulahrouz explained.