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'Calvin Bassey is now undroppable at Ajax' - Frank de Boer

Calvin Bassey is now the first-choice centre-back at Ajax after just three league matches at the club

Calvin Bassey was at his brilliant best against Cambuur

Dutch legend Frank de Boer has hailed Super Eagles defender Calvin Bassey for quickly stamping his authority at Eredivisie champions Ajax Amsterdam.

Bassey completed a permanent transfer from Rangers to Ajax this summer but the Nigerian international has quickly established his position in the starting XI under Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder.

The Nigerian international made his third consecutive start for Ajax in Saturday's 4-0 trouncing of SC Cambuur at the Johan Cruyff Arena in what was his first time playing at home in the League.

With Saturday's clean sheet, Bassey maintained his record of having not conceded a goal in the League when he was on the pitch, stretching to three games now.

On the back of this, former Netherlands national team manager De Boer highlighted Bassey's rapid improvement since he joined Ajax, stating some of the best qualities of the Super Eagles star.

As reported by Daily Record, De Boer said: "I’ve been really impressed by Bassey. He was unlucky to be sent-off in the Super Cup. He started the game well and we have already had the people who thought he was just a big lump, charging around kicking people, changing their opinions.

"He gives Ajax strength and speed and on the ball he’s alright. Of course he can still improve on that part of his game but I think he showed in the last few games that he’s undroppable. Together with Jurrien Timber, they make a great couple in defence.

De Boer, who played for both Ajax and Rangers as a defender during his playing days, noted that Scottish giants Rangers would not be eager to face Bassey when both sides clash in the Champions League.

“Rangers won’t be looking forward to meeting him again. I thought he was one of the best players in the Europa League final, he was unbelievable," De Boer said.

“It will be an interesting match on Wednesday. For me, it’s just great to have two of my old teams playing each other."

Ajax are billed to welcome Rangers to the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday, September 7 for their Matchday 1 fixture of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League season.

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