Position: Defender/Defensive Midfielder
Riechedly Bazoer is on the brink of becoming a household name. The Holland under-19 international, who cites Thiago Silva and Andres Iniesta as his role models, is a versatile player—highlighted by his performances at left-back, centre-back and attacking, central and defensive midfield for Jong Ajax.
Yet to make his first-team debut in the Eredivisie, Bazoer has made 13 appearances for the club's reserve team, since making the switch from PSV Eindhoven as a 16-year-old in 2012.
At the time, it was reported that Manchester City had shown the youngster around their facilities, in a bid to bring him to England, but Bazoer opted for Ajax.
Marc Overmars told the Ajax website, via Skysports.com:
Riechedly is seen as one of the biggest talents in the Netherlands, he has enormous potential to be a very good player.
And it's very good to see that this top talent - as happens a lot - does not move on to England but made a conscious choice for Ajax.
Rated as one of the best young prospects to come out of PSV's youth system, Bazoer already has silverware to his name, after winning the 2012 UEFA European U17 Championship in Slovenia. At 15 he was the youngest player in the squad.
Bazoer may not be well-known at the moment, but expect him to be one of Europe's top players in years to come.