AZ Alkmaar Coach Pascal Jansen: “Inter’s Denzel Dumfries Has Everything”

AZ Alkmaar Coach Pascal Jansen: “Inter’s Denzel Dumfries Has Everything”
September 7, 2021 13:30
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AZ Alkmaar head coach Pascal Jansen believes that Inter wing-back Denzel Dumfries is an extremely effective wide player and that there are few flaws to his game.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the AZ manager gave his appraisal of Dumfries, speaking about the 25-year-old’s rapid career progression and the qualities which he offers to a team.

Dumfries has not yet started for Inter, and has only appeared for a few minutes off the bench in the Nerazzurri’s Serie A opener against Genoa, but he is expected to be phased into the starting eleven as he comes up to full match fitness and gets up to speed with the team.

The Dutchman arrived from PSV last month and his arrival could be a major boon to Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi’s system, where the wide players are important.

As Jansen explains, the 25-year-old can offer a lot of quality and threat from the wing-back role which he is set to play under the former Lazio tactician, and is ready to make a significant impression.

“He’s a really interesting player,” Jansen said of Dumfries. “Goals, crosses, runs – he has everything. And to think that he didn’t even make the academy – he joined Sparta Rotterdam late, at 19-20 years old. His growth was rapid between Heerenveen and PSV, where he became captain.”

He went on, “He has returned from a good European Championship, he was one of the best players for his team. Tireless, powerful, intense, this is Dumfries.”

By Toni Weeler