The Lancers boss shares his ideas on the Ghanaian’s efficiency in Thursday’s encounter
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag was not happy by Mohammed Kudus’ influence on Thursday’s 1-1 draw within the Europa League in opposition to AS Roma however believes the attacker have to be given extra time to get again to his finest.
One-nil up, the Lancers threw on the Ghana worldwide for Edson Alvarez within the 69th minute to help Davy Klaassen and Ryan Gravenberch in midfield.
Roma registered the equaliser three minutes later and would in the end go on to qualify for the subsequent spherical of the competitors after a 3-2 combination win.
“No, with Kudus and Klaassen I might have anticipated to get the connection ahead [in midfield] higher,” Ten Hag defined on the post-match press convention.
“However that additionally has to do with the remainder of the staff. We’ve got usually performed higher.
“You actually mustn’t underestimate the damage he had. However it’s. His potential, you may clearly see that, however he wants time to come back again.
“We’ve got to belief him and provides him credit score as a result of we all know he can. Then it can come again very quickly.”
Simply when he was starting to search out his toes following a transfer from Danish aspect Nordsjaelland final summer time, Kudus suffered a meniscus damage on his Champions League debut taking part in in opposition to Liverpool in October final 12 months.
Ajax introduced he could be within the therapy room “for a lot of months” however the 20-year-old returned to coaching in December, finishing his comeback in a league conflict with PSV Eindhoven a month later.
He was unfortunate to endure a relapse within the sport, a state of affairs that despatched him again into rehabilitation for yet another month.
He made a comeback coincidentally in opposition to PSV once more, this time round within the Dutch Cup, and has since made 11 appearances for the membership in all competitions.
Though struggling to rediscover his pre-injury kind at Ajax, the attacker has flourished taking part in for Ghana.
Final month, Kudus, returning to nationwide obligation for the primary time since 2019, scored Ghana’s essential purpose in a 1-1 away draw with South Africa within the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Three days later, his presence was felt as soon as once more as he arrange two objectives to assist the Black Stars register a 3-1 residence conquer Sao Tome and Prince to seal the profitable Afcon qualifying marketing campaign.