Marco van Basten is not impressed with Ajax’s summer purchases and believes Erik ten Hag’s side are too open defensively.

The former Ajax great was an analyst for Fox Sports during Ajax’s slender 2-1 victory over RKC Waalwijk on Saturday evening.

After the game, van Basten took aim at Ajax’s defence and their summer purchases, “I keep saying that Ajax is very vulnerable defensively. It just isn’t right, so many people are free.

“Which is also strange: Ajax has bought Edson Álvarez and Lisandro Martínez for the defence, they are both in midfield. Razvan Marin also bought them, they don’t play at all. So I think the purchasing policy so far is not very successful either.”

Van Basten also took aim at Joel Veltman, “I don’t think he is such a good defender. He stays upright in the centre, but on the side I find him very poor. Playing football, but also tactically I don’t find him impressive.”

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