England Youth international called-up to Ajax senior squad for mid-season camp
Ajax are currently in Portugal for a mid-season training camp and have called upon a number of their talented youngsters to make up the travelling squad.
England U18 international Charlie Setford is one of SEVEN U21 players to be called up to the the squad, along with Naci Ünüvar, Youri Regeer, Amourricho van Axel Dongen, Kristian Hlynsson and Youri Baas.
Naci Ünüvar, Youri Regeer, Amourricho van Axel Dongen, Charlie Setford, Kristian Hlynsson & Youri Baas all join Ajax 1st team’s training camp in Portugal! ??✔️#Ajax #AjaxYouth pic.twitter.com/iSHMqIv94L
— Ajax Youth Academy (@AjaxYA) January 3, 2022
Setford has represented both England and Holland at youth level as he has an English father and a Dutch mother, but has now committed his future to the Three Lions and is currently in the U18s.
His younger brother Tommy, who is also a highly rated goalkeeper in Ajax’s academy and has represented England at U17 level, is yet to decide between the two countries.
Charlie, who already has previous experience of making the senior matchday squad for Ajax in both the Eredivisie and the Champions League, is rumoured to be a transfer target for Southampton.
Southampton are experiencing a lot of success in taking on younger players recently. Tino Livramento has been one of their players of the season and Armando Broja is showing a lot of promise although he is on loan from Chelsea and it is unlikely that they will be able to keep him.
Among the other starlets called up by Ajax alongside Setford is former Chelsea target Van Axel Dongen, the highly rated Dutch youth international shone in this seasons UEFA Youth League Group Stage, although his Ajax side managed to blow a place in the knockout stages on matchday six.
Van Axel Dongen scored four and assisted one in five Group Stage games and has also scored once for Jong Ajax in the Eerste Divisie (Dutch second tier).
The versatile Regeer is one of the most highly rated players in the Ajax academy, he can play in midfield or in defence and has been compared to one of De Toekomst’s biggest recent success stories, Frenkie De Jong.
Regeer trained with the first team at the age of 16 and made his senior debut for the club last month.
The Ajax faithful understandably have a lot of hope for Regeer who represents Holland at U19 level.
?? Youri Regeer (18) is a big part of the @AFCAjax future.
For Jong Ajax v. Almere City:
☑️ 90 min
? Won 2 penalties
? 3 key passes
? Clearance off the line
⚔️ 9 duels won
? 2/3 tackles won
? 95 touches
Versatile, measured, industrious – Regeer can be very, very good! pic.twitter.com/hPdUEaiaWq
— Football Wonderkids (@fbwonderkids) September 17, 2021
This mid season training camp is a great opportunity for the youngsters to impress and work their way into Erik Ten Haag’s first team plans for the second half of the season.
Ajax face a tight battle for their third consecutive Eredivisie title, PSV currently lead the way at the top, one point ahead of Ajax in second after 18 games.
They are still in the Champions League after a perfect group stage and are also in the KNVB Beker (Dutch version of the FA Cup) so with a busy second-half of the season to come, there could be plenty of opportunities for Ten Haag to rotate his squad and give chances to youth team players.