Taylor: ‘Donny van de Beek is my mentor’

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Kenneth Taylor is one of the biggest talents of the Ajax youth academy, therefore he gets the chance to train with the first team every now and again. In an interview with the NOS he speaks about the U-17 World Cup in Brazil and mentions that he sees Donny van de Beek as his mentor at Ajax.

Although Kenneth Taylor is only 17 years old he is one of the most promising players of ‘de Toekomst’. This season he already played 6 games for ‘Jong Ajax’ in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie, the second division in the Netherlands. In addition, he also played some friendlies with the first team during the pre-season. Taylor has the privilege of training with the first squad every now and then: “Ten Hag is always trying to help me and so do the other players from the first team” states Taylor in an interview with NOS.

One of the players who help the youngster a lot is Ajax-midfielder Donny van de Beek. ‘Yes, he is one of the players who’s always helping me. Especially when it comes to certain situations on the pitch. Donny has a lot of experience in Champions League matches which brought him in all kinds of situations I haven’t experienced yet. He shares these experiences with me and tells me how to act in specific situations. When to shoot, when to turn, when to pass. Those kinds of things’.

Taylor agrees to the statement that Van de Beek is like a mentor to him. ‘Yes, that’s true. We have a lot of contact outside of football as well. Mostly on Snapchat and Instagram. Most of the time it’s football-related. When I post a photo online, he always wishes me good luck’.

Kenneth Taylor is currently active at the U-17 World Cup in Brazil. Last Sunday night, the Dutch U-17 team lost 3-0 against Japan and therefore tonight’s game against Senegal is crucial. ‘We failed as a team in the game against Japan and we know that tonight’s match against Senegal is our last chance. We have to win the coming two games to go to the next round’.

Senegal has won their first game with 4-1 against the USA. Tonight (Wednesday) the Netherlands plays against Senegal and coming Sunday they play against the USA.

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