If Ajax striker Brian Brobbey cheers tonight, with his arms in the air, then he probably didn’t score himself. We generally only see him celebrate this way when a teammate scores a goal on his assist. After David Neres’ goal against in the Europa League match against Lille, for example.
The Brazilian got the ball on a plate for a tip-in after a clever header assist from Brobbey. When the Amsterdam born player scores himself, there is often hardly any reaction, as if to say: nothing special. This is my job right?
When scoring important goals and yes as the 19-year-old has already made a few, the discharge splashes off the face of the Dutchman who also has a Ghanaian passport. He screams, but even then his clenched fists don’t reach above his hips. Before Brobbey leaves for RB Leipzig on July 1, Ajax can still benefit from his presence.
As has happened so far in the race for possible European success, to which he contributed with goals against Lille and Young Boys. He scored those goals as a substitute and that sharpens the contrast with the many missed opportunities before that. Just a clove too late. Ball shot wildly at the goalkeeper. Such things rarely happen to Brian Brobbey.
Jaap de Groot wrote in the Dutch daily De Telegraaf that during his youth training at De Toekomst Brobbey was often told that he has limitations in controlling the ball in small spaces. That critique is outrageous. Brobbey is already an exceptional player. He scores and scores and scores again, often with cool rolling balls that slip underneath or past the falling goal keeper.
He is also good ash heading and playing out defenders especially when accelerating from a stationary position. A tap with the outside and then he moves past his opponent with a flashy explosion.
Then he is also not selfish: Brobbey keeps the overview and remarkably often lays the ball to an opponent who is in a slightly better position, when he also has an opportunity to score himself.
We often see Brobbey quickly run back and steal the ball from unsuspecting defenders who carelessly think they can payout from the back without mayor issues.
Brobbey says he has learned from video images of his African idol: Didier Drogba: big and strong just like him. And fast too. When Ajax tested its players in ultra-short sprints, Brobbey usually came out fastest: thirty meters in 3.7 seconds.
Brian Brobbey scored on October 31 last year in his first match for Ajax in the 5-2 win against Fortuna Sittard. Many Amsterdam top talents did the same when they made their debut.
At a time when top strikers from the Netherlands have become sort of scarce, the list of attackers he fits into is especially interesting: Patrick Kluivert, Marco van Basten and Johan Cruijff. “This was my most ugly goal ever”, said Brobbey about his first goal for Ajax, but he was selling himself short. If you look closely, a flashy reaction to the ball bouncing off the post ensures the finishing touch, leading to a goal. It is not surprising that Marc Overmars said that he is sick of seeing Brobbey leave for RB Leipzig.