Labyad has, as Ten Hag argued in the Mandemakers Stadium, a sporting added value. “He trains well, works hard, is part of the group and is also important because he always plays a role in training. And he can score a goal. You saw that with that last ball, on the crossbar. And that was lacking in the duels with Heracles and Go Ahead. If we then switch, too little will happen. Zakaria can score out of nowhere. He has a good free kick and corner, good sense of position in the penalty area and a good shot. We are still missing that type, with the mentality to bring something if the situation calls for it, in the selection.”

Kudus probably not in action this year

When asked, Ten Hag also discussed the situation of Mohammed Kudus. “It is very unfortunate that he got injured again, just now that he was fit for a while, played a number of games in a row and played a very good role against Dortmund. It is especially disappointing for Mohammed himself. He still needs further examination, but it is a serious injury to his ribs, which could last a while. I don’t know if he will be in action this year.”

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