Viktor Fischer: The Teen Goal Machine Manchester United Want To Prise From Ajax

Reports suggest Manchester United scouts have been watching Ajax’s next goalscoring prodigy Viktor Fischer with a keen eye. With Ajax's commitment to nurturing talent though, Amsterdam remains the best place for him.
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Reports suggest Manchester United scouts have been watching Ajax’s next goalscoring prodigy Viktor Fischer with a keen eye. With Ajax's commitment to nurturing talent though, Amsterdam remains the best place for him.

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Viktor Fischer: The Teen Goal Machine Manchester United Want To Prise From Ajax

Ajax’s history with Danish players goes way back in time; from Frank Arnesen and Søren Lerby to Michael Laudrup and Jesper Grønkjaer. The latest Danes that have landed in Amsterdam are Lukas Andersen, Christian Poulsen and Viktor Fischer. The latter made a great impact in last year’s Next Gen Series, scoring two goals against Barcelona in the quarter-finals and a hat-trick against Liverpool in the semis, followed by another hat-trick against Molde FK in this season’s Next Gen Series. Viktor Fischer is the most talented player in the Ajax academy and is on the verge of breaking through.

The 18-year old, born on June 6 1994 in Aarhus, started his career playing for FC Midtjylland. Fischer is an attacking player who plays either as a central forward or a left winger. Because of his excellent technical ability he can also be used as an attacking midfielder- a no.10 in Ajax language. Fischer describes himself as a technically and offensively oriented player who’s always trying to go forward. Scoring goals is his second nature; he regularly finds the net with ease. Another strong point of the Dane is that he doesn’t only create space for himself on the pitch, but also for his team mates. Fischer is seen as one of the biggest talents in his country and many predict a fantastic future for the young lad.

 [Fischer's] most important reason to choose Ajax is the chance to develop as a player

Despite interest from the clubs that are among the biggest in Europe it was ultimately an easy decision for the young Dane to sign for Ajax. He has had trials at Manchester City, Chelsea and Inter Milan but when Ajax stepped by he made his choice. His most important reason to choose Ajax is the chance to develop as a player. The circumstances in Holland and especially Ajax, who has one of the best if not the best academy in the world, are almost ideal for young players- ideal because it’s easier to get first team football and the level of the league is a good one to get used to football of the highest order.

Another reason for his choice is the success stories of current Ajax first team players Christian Eriksen and Nicolai Boilesen (both 20). They both told him very positive things about Ajax and how it all works at the club; the ideas about how the club approaches football and the chances the young players gets at this club. Both are very enthusiast about the club, the academy and the first team. The fact the central midfielder and left-footed defender have both remained happy at Ajax since their first day, has crystallised Fischer’s decision. His famous first words were: ‘I’m very happy to be here, it’s a dream come true’.

Fischer has already fulfilled some personal ambitions he had by joining Ajax

The Danish international is not the only happy one about his arrival at Ajax. Former CEO Rik van den Boog and former assistant and technical manager Danny Blind showed their smiles on the day Fischer signed his contract (April 19, 2011). Van den Boog said: “We are very happy to have you here. We have had some very good Danish talents here over the past few years. We hope you will feel at home, make good progress and stay with Ajax for a long time.” Danny Blind said: “After Eriksen and Boilesen, we are very happy we have signed another Danish star for the future. Even though top clubs in Europe were also very keen in signing him, I’m glad he’s chosen us. I’m sure we will be hearing a lot of him in the future”.

Fischer has already fulfilled some personal ambitions he had by joining Ajax. He became a starter in the U19’s and is now used to Ajax’s style of play. His goal is to be a first team player next season. This year’s pre-season has given Fischer a taste of first team football. As part of the squad, he played in pre-season games and showed the fans what he’s capable of, who were only enthusiast about the young Dane.

"...Whatever happens he stays calm in front of the goal. He can do everything with a ball”

The Denmark U19 coach Per Anderson is full of praise for Fischer: “Without comparing Viktor to Messi and Ronaldo, he’s that type of player. He has an undying hunger for goals, even when he has scored two or three. His strongest quality is finishing. Whatever happens he stays calm in front of the goal. He can do everything with a ball”.

Despite offers from big clubs Fischer is smart enough to stay at Ajax. He knows this club has the best facilities to make him a better player. There’s one thing for sure: he will bring Ajax a lot of joy in the future.

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