First of all: my apologies for not writing for such a long time. I’ve been extremely busy of the past months with moving out, university and football (both playing for a team as coaching the U14’s). On top of that my laptop broke down and I had to miss it for four weeks. I’m not a person of doing promises but I’ll try my best to write more regularly about the world’s most beautiful club from now on.

After a very promising start of the Eredivisie season (three wins and one draw in four games), Ajax are currently struggling to find their form. The Amsterdammers have only won one game in the last six competitive meetings. A win against vv Noordwijk, an amateur side, in the KNVB Cup. Losing against Real Madrid isn’t a shame, but Ajax have not been able to beat PSV, Twente, Lyon (all draws) or Groningen (1-0 loss). It’s not a surprise that Frank de Boer admits things aren’t going how he eyed them at the start of the season. Not only in terms of the league table (Ajax are currently sitting
fourth, 6 points behind leaders AZ Alkmaar) but also in terms of football and mental tenability. The players aren’t dominating on the pitch as Frank de Boer’s
beloved 4-3-3 passing and pressing game eyes. At least not 90 minutes long. Against FC Twente, Ajax were all over them for 45 minutes but it was the other
way around in the second half. Ajax dominated for maybe 20 minutes against PSV and they haven’t dominated at all against FC Groningen. Frank de Boer’s good start of adapting 4-3-3 is stagnating a bit. Is it a lack of quality? Is it a lack of passion? A lack of masculinity as Toby Alderweireld said? Or something else?

I definitely don’t think it’s a lack of quality. In my eyes Ajax have the strongest squad in the Eredivisie. The only blow during the transfer window was Maarten
Stekelenburg leaving Amsterdam for Rome. The only players that left (apart from Demy de Zeeuw) were never close to first team football. Among others Theo
Janssen, Derk Boerrigter, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson signed contracts with Ajax. Every single one of them strengthened the squad.

A lack of passion then? I know it’s very hard to bring up the passion and urge to win as the players did in the title decisive game against Twente last season. But I’ve missed passion, fire in the eyes, an undying urge to win a game this season. With Jan Vertonghen and Theo Janssen we have two players who could fire up a team like Luis Suarez did and still does. Fact is both aren’t in their best form and are more busy with their own game. Frank de Boer should let the boys watch their former team mate Luis Suarez and learn a lesson or two.

It’s not the first time Ajax start to struggle to play their own game after a good start. The same happened last season and the season before. A pattern? Has Ajax’s autumn depression arrived again? Ajax are in the middle of a very tough seriesthat started with the Champions League game against Lyon and won’t end before Ajax’s home game against Real Madrid on December 7th. If there’s something we can’t use it’s a dip (if Ajax aren’t in it already). On top of the
tough fixtures there are several injuries. Kolbeinn Sigthórsson is out until the winter break with an ankle injury. Toby Alderweireld is probably out for
the upcoming two or three weeks and will miss clashes with AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord and Dinamo Zagreb. Left back Nicolai Boilesen is recovering from an
hamstring injury but won’t return within three weeks.

Ajax aren’t in their best form and it’s not going to get any easier in the upcoming weeks. Funny side note is that with Frank de Boer leading the ship there are barely critics towards Ajax even though they are struggling the past few weeks. A difference of day and night compared to last season were it was one flood of critics towards Martin Jol and the way Ajax played. Why? Because Frank de Boer is still rebuilding Ajax but he is rebuilding the club in a way that’s close to the club’s philosophy. It needs time and we all know that. I still have faith that there will be a turnaround soon. Even with all those injuries. The squad is strong
enough to fill in the empty positions. We have a fantastic coach with a great football philosophy, we all have seen this team has the qualities to play De
Boer’s game. All I want to see is more passion. Last season’s game against FC Twente showed that it’s a key to success.

And if not: Ajax always play better in the second half of the season. They were far behind two season back and after an
amazing caught up they were only one point away from the title on the last day. The same happened last season with one slight difference: Ajax won the title.

So: don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing is gonna be alright.