Ajax was always the birthplace of gigantic goalkeepers. Edwin van der Sar he contemplates the games from the box with his 197 cm as general director of the club. Maarten Stekelenburg, nine years under the clubs of the Johan Cruyff Arena and now in Everton, measured an inch more. But now the ajacied club does not find an heir to match Jasper Cillessen, another tower, transferred to Barcelona in the summer of 2016.
Ajax has conceded 11 goals on the last four days of the Eredivisie. And that when playing against Madrid in the Champions is a problem. The Whites have scored 20 goals in their last six meetings against Ajax in the top European competition, between 2010 and 2012.
Onana has left the net in 18 matches but failed against Feyenoord and Heracles
Barça paid 13 million for the titular goalkeeper of the Dutch national team to play the Copa del Rey and cover the backs of Ter Stegen. That's three years ago and since then André Onana He is number 1 in Ajax, although he plays with 24 on the back.
Cameroonian, 22 years old, Onana was trained in the Masia del Barça. He is cousin of the goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, currently in the Belgian Oostende, who also went through the lower categories of Blaugrana. Onana had settled down - this season has left the net to zero in more than half of the matches (18 of 32) - until the 6-2 of Feyenoord on 27 January opened doubts. His failure in the 1-0 of Heracles on Saturday threw more wood into the debate.
Lamprou is only 1.77 meters tall and Bruno Varela has not yet debuted
However, who does not convince is his substitute. Last season Ajax surprised by signing the Greek Kostas Lamprou as second goalkeeper. Lamprou arrived free of Willem II, where he had conceded 97 goals in two seasons. He is 27 years old and took 4 of the Heerenveen on January 20 the day that Onana was injured. In total this season he has played 5 matches and in three he received a goal. The Greek is not a tall goalkeeper, he measures 1.77 meters, something that weighs him down especially in penalties.
Concerned about the goal, Ajax has recently requested the transfer to Benfica of Bruno Varela (1.91 m.), But the Portuguese has not yet debuted. At the blacksmith's house, a wooden knife, Van der Sar will think from his office. As if that were not enough, Benzema arrives on a roll.
The exporter Van der Sar, now general manager of the club, contemplates the debate from the box