Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tenacious LB: Pick of Dest-iny

I'm nearly ready to put up the #6 Clipboard, but let's talk Serginio Dest right quick. The US Under-20 right back made his Ajax debut on the opposite flank in their Johan Cruijff Schaal win over PSV Eindhoven this weekend. Before anyone gets ideas about him taking that starting role, umm, don't. Unless regular left back Nico Tagliafico (who had just returned from his post-Copa América breather) is suddenly sold, that is. 

No, for now, it's best just to enjoy a decent and winning first appearance for the Eredivisie champs. Dest definitely had a couple of nervy moments at the back, but showed excellent tactical understanding and a complete lack of fear when driving into attack.

A big shout-out to the USMNT Videos channel (you should subscribe, fo sho) for putting together this action reel of the kid's debut. Enjoy...
 









- Greg Seltzer

5 comments:

DaMa said...

Oops read this post after my last response, so I'll carry over my question there to here. If Dest makes 10 starts at LB in various competitions (seems a possible number since Ajax usually has a bunch of extra cup matches and Tags probably will not play EVERY match) how far up the LB chart is he?

Greg Seltzer said...

Last season, other than a couple early round KNVB Cup games, Tagliafico only missed out when suspended or dealing with a knock. So it's possible 10 LB starts may be a bit to much to hope for. And I'm not sure Berhalter will prefer him on the left, considering he has most often placed a defensive-minded player at that spot.

For my Clipboard? Well, as of now, I think he's still in future watch or break in case of emergency territory as a left back. On the other hand, I'm nearly ready to have him up to fourth or fifth on the right back chart. A couple more appearances like last week's and he may be there.

DaMa said...

Yeah I picked 10 but that may be too high. Nico is still plenty young enough to play a 40 match season without being too concerned, especially in a low-contact league. I guess the question is as much about how desperate we are getting for someone there... but then again I continue to not understand GB's decision making aparatus. Tim Ream over and over made no sense.

Greg Seltzer said...

If Adams was there, okay, I get the idea. Without Adams, it lost all rationale.

DaMa said...

Yep. Thank god Long has some wheels for a CB. Then again even Ream's left foot seems nowhere near as good as it was 3 years ago.