In the past few years, Christian Eriksen has been seen as the biggest thing in football in Amsterdam, earning rave reviews and plaudits from anyone who watched him play. But the reality is that he hasn’t been the only star to emerge from Ajax’s youth setup – he may not even be the most talented. Another Danish star, only aged 19 at the time of writing, has been turning heads the past couple of years.
Viktor Fischer is having quite a meagre season in 2013-2014, especially when it’s compared to his debut season; 24 starts and six appearances from the bench, though, makes one wonder how it can be a meagre season for a 19 y/o. Let’s rewind to the 2012-2013 season: 19 games started, six substitute appearances in all competitions, including World Cup Qualifiers and Champions League games, and a stunning 11 goals – all while being only 18 years old. Those stats are terrifying, and show not only the potential the boy has, but also the trust managers have in him to produce on any stage. Viktor’s only managed seven goals and two assists this season, but it’s important to note that the youngster had a brilliant relationship and combined to great effect on the pitch with fellow countryman Christian Eriksen. With Eriksen now gone, it’s only natural for him to hit a small slump while adapting to a ‘new’ environment.
But who is Viktor Fischer on the pitch, and how does he play? Well, for the FM-fanatics out there – he is a typical Inside Forward. Brilliant with the ball at his feet, decent pace, a few tricks in his arsenal, and attacking mind-set are but a few characteristics the player possesses. He loves to cut inside too, and can finish with both feet. The best part of his game, however, is his positive attitude, both on and off the pitch. Even with his dip in form, he has stayed positive in the press and in training, and his work-rate on the pitch has not suffered as a result. He runs he tracks back, he presses; not that he’s a brilliant defender though. Viktor is also quite physically strong for a 19 y/o, and also has the ability to hold up the ball and wait for support to arrive. His passing is of a good standard, and he often brings others into play around the box. All in all, Viktor Fischer seems to be the finished article for a modern-day winger.
The onus is on now Fischer to step up another gear, find some form and really perform. A positive attitude and a good work-rate is a brilliant start, but he’ll have to start performing soon. Regardless, the coaches at Ajax surely rate him highly, as does Frank de Boer. That trust and support will surely count a lot, and will help the Vik through tough times. A move to a bigger club and league beckons, and the youngster looks set for stardom. The sky is his limit, and for us? Well – entertainment awaits.