After making the difficult decision to leave Ajax, Zian Flemming is looking to continue his development at PEC Zwolle. 

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Born in Amsterdam, Flemming started his career with amateur side RKSV Pancratius, before Feyenoord and Ajax came calling. Being an Ajax fan from a young age, Flemming made the decision to join his favourite club.

Flemming impressed in the academy but suffered a lot through injuries and fitness issues. During the 2016/17 season, Flemming was outstanding for Ajax’s U19 side, scoring 14 goals in 27 appearances. Last summer he was promoted to Jong Ajax and made his professional debut against PSV with the captains armband. He scored and gave an assist in a 3-0 win.

Flemming went on to make 25 appearances for Jong Ajax in the title-winning campaign, scoring six goals. A first-team debut was not on the cards and the 19-year-old made the difficult decision to join PEC Zwolle in order to make his breakthrough in the Eredivisie.

Pre-season has gone well for the midfielder, who has netted seven goals, including a hat-trick in the 5-0 victory over fellow Eredivisie side Excelsior.

Outlining his plans for the campaign, Flemming told RTV Ooost,  “I hope to become a regular first-team player and also be able to put my stamp on matches and be important with goals and assists.”

Style of Play

Flemming has been deployed as both a striker and a central defender during his time in the Ajax academy but he favours a role as an attacking midfielder.

The 19-year-old is a technically gifted midfielder, who loves to stride forward with the ball at his feet. Flemming has decent pace, good vision and an eye for goal.

His game is very similar to that of Davy Klaassen. He likes to be involved in the build-up around the midfield but bursts into the box at every opportunity to score goals. His time as a striker makes Flemming a great finisher around the box.

What to expect from Flemming this season

Leaving his comfort zone at Ajax for PEC Zwolle was a risk but one that will pay off immensely if Flemming makes his official debut quickly.

PEC Zwolle are overhauling their squad after a disappointing campaign and want to challenge for a European place. Flemming could become a key part of John van ‘t Schip’s side and if he impresses he may be one that got away for Ajax.

Pre-season has been very encouraging and now its time for Flemming to make an impact in the Eredivisie.

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