‘Sometimes you have to sit back down and learn again’

Calvin Bassey opens up on his Ajax struggles

Calvin Bassey says he had to make himself available for extra training shifts after his dismal start at Ajax this season.
The Nigerian who moved to the Dutch Eredivise following his £19 million move from Rangers has been heavily criticised in the Netherlands after a string of poor display.Bassey has however bounced back and helped Ajax make history at the weekend as the first ever side to record 1500 victories in the Eredivise following the 1-0 defeat of NEC Nijmegen at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
“Sometimes you have to sit back down and learn again.

“I had to start doing extra work on the training pitch. I decided to start again.

“While I was on the subs’ bench, I studied the way the defenders played. I spent a lot of time watching how Jurrien Timber and Edson Alvarez positioned themselves when they were in my position in defence.

“Don’t get me wrong, I was frustrated when I wasn’t playing. But I knew it was not all about me, it was about the team and winning games. It actually helped to be on the bench for a while.
“For me, it is a process and a development curve. I know I can improve a lot here.

“The manager told me to be ready when I am needed next and I was.

“Ajax have taught me a lot about the game. That is also the reason why I chose this club. It’s one of the best places to develop as a player,’ said the 23 year old.

Ajax boss John Heitinga has been delighted with Bassey’s progress after he was named as Man of the Match against NEC.
He said: “Calvin is very eager to learn. “His attitude is commendable and he wants to improve every day.”

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