His 2.04 meters high make Kjell Scherpen (Emmen, 2000) the tallest player in the world. At least elite football. The young Ajax goal, however, made his debut on the wrong foot in Europe.
The former goalkeeper of Emmen played as a starter in the defeat against Roma (1-2) against the casualties of Andr Onana (sanctioned for doping) and veteran Maarten Stekelenburg, which was dragging a knee injury.
Uefa Europa League (first leg quarter-final): Summary and goals of Ajax 1-2 Roma
Scherpen made his Eredivisie debut with the Emmen in 2018. He was 18 years, six months and 20 days old.. However, since arriving in Amsterdam in 2019, he has had to settle for playing for the reserve team.
This season he had only played one Cup match that ended in victory against FC Utrecht (5-4). The losses of Onana and Stekelenburg, however, led him to make his debut for Ajax in the Eredivisie in the victory against Heerenveen (1-2), just before receiving Roma.
The Dutch Under 19 international did not have his day against the ‘Loba’. On 16 ‘he made a great stretch to deflect a distant shot from Cristante to crner … but in 57 ‘he collapsed despite his 204 centimeters tall.
Lorenzo Pellegrini launched an apparently easy free kick at the post defended by Scherpen and the goalkeeper, who He seemed to have the situation under control, he saw how the ball ended up slipping and it entered the goalkeeper meekly. It was 1-1 … but it was the beginning of the end for the former Emmen and for Ajax in this first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals.
Forced to copy 100 times “Ajax is the best club in Holland”
It is not the first time that Kjell Scherpen is ‘bad news’. The day of his signing for the ‘ajacied’ he starred in a humorous video that went viral. As a child I was a fan of Feyenoord and He had made not-so-positive comments about his new team on social media.
Ajax punishes their new signing to copy 100 times a sentence for criticizing them in the past
That caused Edwin van der Sar (executive director) and Marc Overmars (sports director) to receive him as if they were his teachers and They will force him to copy 100 times: ‘Ajax is de mooiste club van Nederland’ (‘Ajax is the best club in the Netherlands’). “And now another hundred times !!!” Van der Sar is heard shouting at the end of the video.