Calvin Bassey: The Young Nigerian Star Of Ajax

Calvin Bassey

Calvin Bassey is an Italy born footballer of Nigerian origin who plays as a defender for Ajax and the Nigerian national team. In this post, we will find out more about this young football star. Let’s get started.

Calvin Bassey: All You Need To Know

Who is Calvin Bassey?

Calvin Bassey trained with the Leicester City youth team. However, he never made it to the senior team and joined the Glasgow based Scottish club, Rangers. Calvin Bassey had a decent career with the Rangers, playing 65 games for the team and winning the Scottish Cup and the Scottish Premiership. Two years after joining the Rangers, Calvin Bassey joined the Dutch giants Ajax for an astronomical transfer fee of 23 million Euros (the highest in the history of Rangers). Calvin Bassey made his international debut against Ghana in March 2022 during a FIFA World Cup Qualification game. Even though Calvin Bassey was born in Italy, he chose to represent his country of origin, Nigeria.

Is Calvin Bassey related to Y.CB?

Yes, the famous English rapper Y.CB is Calvin Bassey’s brother. His real name is Matthew Bassey. Y.CB performs for 7th, a drill band from the UK.

Did Ajax pay too much for Calvin Bassey?

Calvin Bassey was bought by Ajax from Rangers FC for 23 million euros. However, that fee is expected to balloon up to 26 million Euros if Bassey can get some bonuses kicked in.

However, many fans of Ajax have severely criticized the summer transfer period that Ajax completed. The bottom line is that it was a bad transfer window. Ajax had invested more than a hundred million, but only two purchases were made against Napoli. One of those two purchases was Bassey. However, the 23 million Euros transfer fee has been labelled too astronomical.

Why is Calvin Bassey considered unnecessarily expensive?

With Bassey you can already conclude that Ajax paid the absolute top prize for him with 23 million. Given his current qualities, it would have been more logical to pay five to ten million euros for him. He still has big steps to make in football. Perhaps that will still happen, but as of now, his on field play doesn’t justify his price tag.

In addition, Ajax fans have also been critical of the role of veterans Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic within the current team. It is time for other players to stand up now that the experienced forces are playing less well. Blind and Tadic are not as good as they were two or three years ago. Especially given their age, they have probably had their best period. They should still deliver often enough on the field, but they should no longer be the pillars on which a team builds. Perhaps with their experience and coaching, but they will no longer be the best two players on the field. If you still expect that now, you’re putting too much pressure on their plate.

Calvin Bassey is not good enough for Ajax. Last summer, the team from Amsterdam paid approximately 23 million euros for the left back of Rangers FC, but Rene van der Gijp is not at all enthusiastic about his qualities.

Ajax just threw 23 million away on Bassey, concluded Van der Gijp. He is a nice player for the bottom of the Premier League. Where you only have to defend for ninety minutes in your own box and when you have the ball you only have to kick it forward. He has to play football at Ajax and that style won’t work in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Van der Gijp has the impression that Ajax’s fellow players are not enthusiastic about Bassey either. The football analyst saw the Nigerian defender being skipped several times against Vitesse (2-2). “Blind has two times where he just skips Bassey on purpose. Because he thinks what should I do with it? Then I’m sure nothing will happen to it,” said the former footballer.

Is Calvin Bassey worse than Daley Blind?

When compared to Calvin Bassey, Gijp is more positive about Daley Blind. “I think Blind is a very good player. 94 international matches, has a great play-in pass, and sometimes plays three or four players from the opposing team. He knows exactly who to skip and who not to miss.” This season he is no longer undisputed. “I compare him a bit with Hummels. He is not the fastest, but he can play football so well that you leave it for a long time until you really have a convincingly better one.”

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