#ManOfTheWeekend: Justin Kluivert

Another weekend, another load of football and thanks to another Ajax hat-trick, another Man of the Weekend coming from the Eredivisie.

Last week, Donny van de Beek was the Ajax youngster who struck three, as his side put eight goals past NAC Breda. This weekend, it was the even younger Justin Kluivert who got himself a hat-trick – his first in senior football, too! Interestingly, his famous father, Patrick, never managed to score a treble in his career.

Kluivert said, “My father. My family and I can only be proud of my performance today,” and he’s completely right. A 5-1 win by Ajax puts some added pressure on the leaders, PSV, and although there may be somewhat of a pint gap between them and their rivals, an enormous thirteen goals in two games is something of a statement about their intentions.

Despite netting three, Kluivert said after the game that his first goal, a crucial equaliser before half-time, was his most important one. “My first goal gave me the most satisfaction because we then went into the changing room at half-time with a different mentality.

“The equalizer was a crucial moment in the game. If we had gone it 1-0 down at half-time it would have been a different game. I was hunting for my hat-trick and I was delighted to get it.”

In truth, all three of the goals were special. Cutting in off the right for two of them and smashing one in from range, Justin gave a true display of his potential this weekend. Whatever he achieves in the future, this may be a pivotal moment.

“After the game, I asked my teammates all to sign the match ball so in the future, I can remember who I played with in order to achieve my hat-trick.”

The 18-year-old will have a fitting memento of a big moment in his career. His first career hat-trick and maybe the first time he established himself as truly one of the key men at Ajax. Not to mention his first Life After Football, Man of the Weekend title, too…