Myron Boadu has the potential to be the biggest breakout player in this season’s Eredivisie. Can the AZ forward fulfill his promise after a year out due to injury?

  • by Michael Statham
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The 17-year-old has spent all of his teenage years thus far with AZ Alkmaar. There is little to comment upon his youth development given the lack of time Boadu has spent in the ranks. Before a season-long knee injury last season, Boadu helped Jong AZ win the Dutch third division after six goals in nine appearances during 2016/17. Because of the injury, Boadu also missed out on the Netherlands U17s’ Euro 2018 tournment victory in May, where he was heavily favoured to feature.

However, all of this has incredibly not prevented the forward from being involved in AZ’s first team preparations for the new campaign. After only making his debut in the last match of the season (in a 6-0 win over PEC), Boadu has started many of AZ’s pre-season friendlies.

Style of Play

Boadu can play across the front three positions. Although he spent more of his youth playing as a striker, Boadu has been deployed more as a left-winger in AZ’s pre-season to deadly effect.

Boadu’s pace and anticipation are the young Dutchman’s main assets. The forward is also a great finisher in the box with both feet and uses his quick feet, close-control and dribbling on the wing to cause danger to the opposition.

What to expect from Johnsen this season

AZ have lost star men Wout Weghorst and Alireza Jahanbakhsh this summer – two key attacking players who will be sorely missed. Boadu will form part of a trio in attack involving fellow youth player Calvin Stengs (also back from long-term injury) and new signing Bjorn Johnsen from ADO Den Haag. The pace and dribbling skills of Stengs and Boadu will be frightening but can the youth products step up to senior level quickly enough to provide as many goals and assists as the departed men from last season?

Oussama Idrissi is to be Boadu’s main contender for a first-team place on the left side of midfield. It’s likely though that Boadu will be utilised more and more as the season progresses and it won’t be surprising to see Boadu take the Eredivisie by storm – he is seriously good for his age!

Boadu is featured in our top 10 Dutch wonderkids to watch this season. Watch the full video by clicking here or press the play button below to see who else is on the list!

Michael Statham (807 Posts)

Writer/interviewer/YouTuber for Football-Oranje. Massive Dutch football fan from the UK. Follow me @EredivisieMike & subscribe to Football-Oranje on YouTube.