Ajax are one of the most interesting teams to manage in Football Manager 2022, so we’ve put together a full guide for how best to go about taking charge of the Dutch giants!
The Eredivisie side have been at the forefront of European football for years, although it has been some time since they have actually won major European silverware.
Ajax have won the league in each of the last three seasons and are currently top of the table in 2021/22, although they are level on points with second-placed Feyenoord.
Any manager taking the job will have to hit the ground running and Ajax have a number of excellent players, along with some really brilliant youngsters.
We’ve put together a guide for everything you need to know about an Ajax save on Football Manager 2022!
Football Manager 2022 Ajax Team Guide
Here’s all there is to know about the biggest team in the Netherlands!
In the first season, Ajax expect you to win the Eredivisie, naturally.
Also, you’re expected to be competitive in the Champions League and develop the best youth system in the country.
The Super Cup isn’t important.
There is some serious cash for you to splash here.
Transfer budget: £29.92m
Wage budget remaining: £0 p/w
Now, you will need to do some financial juggling to get some cash for wages, but this is a sizable budget for improvements to the squad.
Superb training facilities
Excellent youth facilities
Excellent academy coaching
Exceptional youth recruitment
You would expect nothing less.
The Johan Cruijff Arena is a beautiful stadium, with an amazing atmosphere, and holds 55,500 fans.
Key player: Dusan Tadic
Captain: Dusan Tadic
Vice-captain: Daley Blind
Assistant manager: None
Director of Football: Marc Overmars
Suggested best XI
When you start the save, you’ll be given a suggested best XI.
In a 4-2-3-1 formation, it lines up thus: Onana; Mazraoui, Blind, Alvarez, Tagliafico; Klaassen, Gravenberch; Berghuis, Tadic, David Neres; Haller.
That is a very, very good team, although it should be noted that Andre Onana is suspended until November.
When you start building your tactics, you’ll be suggested three presets for Ajax and they’re about what you’d expect.
They’re ‘gegenpress’, ‘tiki-taka’, and ‘vertical tiki-taka’.
You’re expected to have the ball most of the time, so this makes sense.
Key positions to strengthen
You may want to sign a goalkeeper if you aren’t willing to wait for Onana’s suspension to end.
In addition to that, depth at right-back would be useful, as would bringing in a winger who can play on either side, to avoid stretching Tadic too thin.
Youngsters ready for the first team
Jay Gorter is a young goalkeeper with plenty of potential, and he already has 2.5* current ability.
He could almost certainly step up.
Amourricho Van Axel Dongen is a 16-year-old left winger with 2* current ability and 5* potential ability so try to get him some minutes.
Ar’jany Martha and Christian Rasmussen both have 3.5* potential ability and 2* current ability; both play as wingers.
Full 1st season squad
Goalkeepers: Maarten Stekelenburg, Remko Pasveer, Andre Onana.
Defenders: Noussair Mazraoui, Jurrien Timber, Devyne Rensch, Lisandro Martinez, Perr Schuurs, Nicolas Tagliafico, Sean Klaiber, Edson Alvarez.
Midfielders: Daley Blind, Kenneth Taylor, Davy Klaassen, Ryan Gravenberch, Mohammed Kudus.
Forwards: David Neres, Antony, Steven Berghuis, Dusan Tadic, Mohammed Daramy, Zakaria Labyad, Naci Unuvar, Danilo Pereira, Sebastien Haller.
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