Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek for his brillliant showing against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.
The Dutch international’s away goal has put the Amsterdam giants in control of the Champions League semi-final tie.
Ajax’s exciting team lived up to its billing and did a professional job on Spurs, and will now seek to make the 1-0 lead count next week.
Watching on from the beIN SPORTS studio was former Gunners boss Wenger, who was mightily impressed with match-winner van de Beek’s contributions.
He said of the midfield ace: “(He has) an unbelievable maturity in the analysis of the game.”
Wenger was also bowled over by van de Beek’s interview after he expressed slight discontent with the way the team played. He suggested it shows how much they want to play football of ‘top quality’.
Wenger may be the old enemy in the eyes of Tottenham fans, but his endorsement for van de Beek surely counts for something.
Neutrals have certainly been impressed with the former Arsenal boss since taking up pundity jobs.
FCInterNews.it recently claimed Tottenham are keen on signing van de Beek this summer if Christian Eriksen leaves, with Ajax supposedly wanting €50 million (£45 million) for him.
His match-winning goal and all-round performance on Tuesday could well prompt Tottenham to come calling.