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Under the radar – Dusan Tadic

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Ajax are enjoying an impressive campaign on all fronts. They are sitting at the top of the Eredivisie leading on goal difference. Eric ten Hag’s side have already produced two great upsets in Europe eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus from the Champions League. They will face Tottenham on Tuesday in their first ECL semi-final in 22 years.

Ajax players under the radar

Ajax squad is built mostly around young promising players like Matthijs de Light, Frenkie de Jong, Hakim Ziyech and David Neres who won a lot of plaudits with their impressive performances. However, their stand out player according to the stats is Dusan Tadic.

The Serb has revived his career since he arrived in Amsterdam from Southampton last summer. Tadic is in the form of his life and had a great impact on the Ajax season. He has scored 33 goals and provided 17 assists in all competitions so far. Moreover, the 30 years old had a hand in almost one third of all goals scored by his team.

Position switch

Dusan Tadic positions

One of the reasons behind his prolific season is the change of the position. Tadic was usually deployed on the wings in his Southampton days. Eric ten Hag has moved him further up the field. Tadic is occupying the forward position now, which gives him a license to run into channels and look for passes behind the opposition defenders. He is much more of threat up front and his numbers speak for themselves.

Tadic in Netherlands

Tadic has netted 24 goals in Eredivisie – he is the second best goal scorer in the league. His finishing has been significantly improved since his transfer. In comparison, he has scored only 23 goals in four seasons in the Premier League. Tadic is also at the top of the assist list, providing 12 final passes in the division. His contribution is vital for Ajax in their hunt for first title in 5 years.

tadic goals and assists

Tadic has also delivered when it matters the most – he has scored once and made two assists at Santiago Bernabeo when Ajax have stunned the current holders Real Madrid. The Serb has also scored against PSV in a clash which may be decisive for the Eredivisie crown. Ajax are heading to their match of the season against Tottenham, so Ajax hope that he can put another show in order to get them qualified for the Champions League final.

Stats: WhoScored.com
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