Ajax Amsterdam coach Erik ten Hag reveals he is still undecided about where he will be deploying new Ghana signing Mohammed Kudus in the club's set-up, but is impressed with what he's seen from the new arrival.
The 20-year-old joined the Dutch side from Danish club Nordsjaelland last month following a fine season for the Wild Tigers.
After debuting as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 pre-season friendly triumph over Wolfsberger, he made his second appearance for the Eredivisie heavyweights on Saturday as the club handed Red Bull Salzburg a 4-1 defeat to wrap up a training camp in Austria.
"I had already seen many matches of that boy on television and I am not surprised what he shows here," ten Hag told Ajax TV. "In a first match it is always a matter of searching, but he showed that he understands the game, that he has skills and he is physically strong.
''He just has to go through the process. He is a player who can play in many positions. I'm not sure about that [position we will mostly be deploying him] yet," the coach added. "In Denmark, he played in almost all positions in midfield and in attack.
''He has a number of characteristics, which makes him excellent on the flanks, for example as a left-wing defender."
Kudus scored 11 goals in 25 league appearances for Nordsjaelland last season. He started in 22 of the games and assisted one goal.
"It feels really good [to wear the Ajax jersey]. I couldn't wait to start playing with the team and it has happened. I [have] just joined my teammate and [will] used my individual skills to help them do well in the season," Kudus told Ajax TV after his debut.
"[My first days here with the team in Austria] have been good; nice people, nice teammates, new stuff, still learning and adapting. It's been great so far and I'm looking forward to the season to start. Everyone is helping [me settle] but naturally, I'm closer to the African guys, so [Andre] Onana and Lassina [Traore]. [They tell me to] just be myself and enjoy.
"It's a pre-season so I am hoping to get as much ready as possible for the season, push myself and get ready for the season. I can't wait [for the next season] - more magic [to come]."
The Ghana international will make his competitive bow for Ajax in an away clash with Sparta Rotterdam in the opening week of the Dutch league on September 13.