Watched: : Heracles 2-1 Ajax (Saturday 12th August 2017)
Performance: 6 out of 10
Potential: 8 out of 10
Footballers with famous fathers can often get compared unfairly but it’s difficult to see too much likeness in Justin, a slight, 5ft7in winger with electric pace, to his dad Patrick, a big six foot plus striker back in his day.
Justin has the control, technique and quick feet of a typical Dutch attacker raised the Ajax way but it’s the tenacity which makes him even more appeasing to watch. The youthful grit between his teeth that suggests at just 18 years old he’s playing because he’s good enough, not because of his legendary old man who once scored a European Cup winning goal for the same team.
The naivety in his play to chase everything down and the flexibility in his teams formation allows Kluivert to switch flanks and come inside from the right and have maximum effect on the game in and around the box forging partnerships with the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Kasper Dolberg and Amin Younes who are all equally as technical.
Making his club debut in January he made 20 appearances in 2017/18 for Ajax and already looks to be an integral part of Manager Marcel Keizer’s plans this campaign.
Kluivert has skill, has speed, has a direct approach and an engine that is likened to Marc Overmars with the added trickery of Memphis Depay. One would hope having an influential father figure keeping him grounded and playing football will help the youngster flourishes like the former Holland great, rather than failing to fulfill the early promise so far of the latter.