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Manchester United Identify This Ajax Defender As A Potential Target: Should Ten Hag Bring Him To Old Trafford?

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Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United are anticipated to reinforce their defensive line in the upcoming transfer window, with reports from Express suggesting that Jurrien Timber is among their prime targets. However, Liverpool are also actively searching for a new central defender to strengthen their squad this summer and could pose a significant threat in hijacking the Red Devils’ plans.

Timber’ Decent Run Of Form For Ajax

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a great campaign with Ajax after putting in a run of consistent displays at the heart of their backline. Timber has participated in 41 matches for the Dutch outfit this season, netting two goals and picking up two assists across various competitions.

The young talent has been a dominant presence on the defensive end of the field, as he is averaging 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.9 clearances per game in the Eredivisie. He has also been exceptional when distributing the ball from the back based on his pass success rate of 91.7% in the Dutch top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Jurrien Timber of Ajax linked to Manchester United
PSV’s Dutch forward Luuk de Jong (L) and Ajax’s Dutch defender Jurrien Timber go for a header during the Dutch Eredivisie football match between PSV Eindhoven and Ajax at the at the Phillips stadium in Eindhoven, on April 23, 2023. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Should Ten Hag Bring Him To Manchester United?

Timber possesses excellent defensive attributes, including strong aerial ability, good positioning, and the ability to read the game effectively. He is a solid tackler and has demonstrated good decision-making when it comes to interceptions and clearances.

In addition to his defensive capabilities, the Dutch defender is comfortable in possession and has decent passing skills. He is capable of initiating attacks from the back, contributing to the team’s buildup play and enabling smooth transitions from defence to attack.

Moreover, at just 21 years old, Timber has significant potential for further development. His youth and hunger to succeed can bring a long-term asset to the club, with the possibility of becoming a key figure in Old Trafford’s defensive department for years to come.

The Dutch sensation might even help the Red Devils push for major honours over the next few years. Thus, Erik ten Hag should focus on trying everything he can to lure him to England during this summer transfer period.

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