Riechedly Bazoer (16), Defender, Ajax Amsterdam (Holland)
A part of our football guide to amazing wonderkids; Top 10 Young Football Talents of 2013.
Date of birth: 12 October 1996 (16)
Place of birth: Utrecht
Club: Ajax Amsterdam
National level: Holland Under-17
Position: Central Defender
Preferred Foot: Right
Height / Weight: 185cm, N/A
Holland is also one of the top producers of Football talents with the famous Ajax academy as the main supplier. This time we want to introduce you to a young starlet partially developed at PSV, and with the potential to become one of the best Dutch defenders of International football.
Riechedly Bazoer is a young starlet born in 1996 in Utrecht, the birthplace of Wesley Sneijder.
His youth career startet at USV Elinkwijk, a team known for producing top star talents such as Marco van Basten and Ismail Aisatti.
At the age of ten Riechedly Bazoer joined the PSV youth academy. At the PSV academy he moved up the ranks very quickly and played under the leadership of Philip Cocu for a period. He got international experience at PSV by featuring in the NextGen series, a youth tournament with the same model as UEFA Champions League.
Riechedly Bazoer is an ambitious youngster and decided at the end of 2012 to enhance his career and join Ajax Amsterdam, where he was promised full backing and chance to earn a regular first team spot.
Riechedly Bazoer has made this comment of why he left PSV for Ajax Amsterdam; "I have chosen Ajax because here I think I can be a better footballer. I was very impressed with the sportive plan. Beside that it is very positive how they see the future with me. I'm very grateful to all the trainers and guiders at PSV for everything they have done for me. I have learned a lot and made many friends. But I think Ajax is currently the best club for me to make my dreams come true. PSV will always have a special place in my heart. But now I have chosen for my development".
Contrary to the previous players in this article, Riechedly Bazoer has not been handed any professional appearance for the first team of Ajax yet. But it is important to remember that he has only been at Ajax since 20 November 2012. He is tied to Ajax Amsterdam until 2016.
Riechedly Bazoer have also experience from international football, as he has featured in the Holland Under-17 squad, where he has recorded 8 caps only in the last year. Bazoer debuted for the Holland Under-17 national team in March 2012 and featured as the Holland captain in five matches in the UEFA European Championship 2012, where Holland won the final match 5-4 on penalties against Germany, a team full of promising youngsters such as Timo Werner, Julian Brandt, Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka. Bazoer played the whole match and put in a good performance.
Riechedly Bazoer could also be one of the stars and profiles for the coming Under-17 tournaments in 2013 (World Cup and UEFA European Championship).
Riechedly Bazoer is a versatile and cultured central defender, but can also play as a defensive midfielder.
He is a player with good technique and dribbling, in additional to good leadership. Despite his young age he is an intelligent player with great physic and quickness. His playing style could be compared to Thiago Silva.
The future of this young wonderkid looks bright, as he is targeted by Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle, in additional to unknown Italian and Spanish clubs. We firmly believe 2013 could become the year of his professional breakthrough and succeed in both national and international football.