Kenneth Taylor

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 'AJAX'S NEW PLAYMAKER', KENNETH TAYLOR

Here’s another prodigy from ’s academy for you, meet Kenneth Taylor. is known for producing young superstars in the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek, Matthijs de Ligt who are playing for top clubs in Europe and they have one more star in the making.

Kenneth Taylor made his debut for Ajax’s senior team in December, but he has been playing exceptional football for many years now. Here’s everything you need to know about the 18-year-old Dutch star.

1) STRIKER TURNED MIDFIELDER

Kenneth Taylor

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Kenneth Taylor was selected for the youth academy of Ajax when he was a kid and was initially a striker. The academy coaches saw the defensive potential of the young lad and changed him into a balanced central-midfielder who can do it all. He joined Jong Ajax which is the reserve team of the main club and showed his class over there for 2 seasons.

2) AJAX’S TONI KROOS

Kenneth Taylor

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Kenneth Taylor’s style of play is similar to ’s star Toni Kroos. Kroos has been seen playing both in defensive and central midfield and even Taylor can play in those positions. Kenneth Taylor is known for his slick passing technique and is probably going to reach Kroos’s level of passing in the coming years. He also is great at holding the ball and keeping the possession with his side.

3) MASSIVE GROWTH IN 3 YEARS

After joining the reserve team of Ajax, Kenneth Taylor got into explosive form. He got 6 goals and 12 assists in one season and he also captained his team in the 2018 Future Cup, which is a friendly youth tournament where huge clubs from all over Europe send their youth teams.
Kenneth Taylor has high potential in nearly all the qualities needed in a perfect central player. His tall figure helps him in his physicality, he has the pace to run up and down the pitch in a matter of seconds, he is good at both long and short passes, he has great understanding of the game and to top all that, he is double footed.

4) VAN DE BEEK’S REPLACEMENT

He joined Ajax’s senior team the same day Van de Beek left the club for Man United. Although they don’t play anything like each other, technically Kenneth Taylor got his chance because of Van de Beek. To celebrate the big occasion in both the players’ lives, they had a fancy dinner together before going in their separate ways.

5) KENNETH TAYLOR’S BFF

Ki-Jana Hoever

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Kenneth Taylor is best friends with wolves defender, Ki-Jana Delano Hoever. They have played together in the academy and are still in contact with each other. They talk every day and often play Fifa together. Hoever stated that Keneth has an amazing mentality on the pitch and he is surely going to be a danger-man in the coming years.

6) HIS INSPIRATION

Kenneth Taylor idolizes his senior in the National team, Georginio Wijnaldum. Kenneth feels that Wijnaldum is an all-round and a complete midfielder, exactly what he himself is aiming to be. Kenneth has played for the u-17 Nation team in 2019 and will soon be playing in their senior squad. It will be fun to see how Taylor blooms under his idol.

7) GUARDIOLA FANBOY

In an interview in 2018, Kenneth Taylor confessed that he is a huge fan of and how he sets his club. He added that he won’t mind going to if he gets to play under Pep in . Just like , even Kenneth Taylor prefers assists more than goals and we feel that this move can possibly happen in a couple of seasons, but till then Kenneth will have to shine in Everdise first.

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