Kudus was the difference-maker once again, scoring the game-winning goal in the second half to propel Ajax to a 1-0 victory over FC Twente in Thursday’s Dutch Cup round of 16 match.
Kudus scored the game-winning goal for Ajax in the 70th minute of a closely contested match at the De Grolsch Veste. This season, the Ghana international has scored 13 goals, four in the Champions League and seven in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Kudus struggled at the start of the season with manager Alfred Schreuder, who was fired in January. Kudus was on the verge of leaving the club. He had agreed to join Everton, but the transfer was blocked by Ajax.
Despite these obstacles, Kudus fought his way into Schreuder’s starting lineup, scoring 10 goals before the World Cup in Qatar, where he scored twice for Ghana during their unsuccessful campaign.
Kudus has played a key role in the team’s success since Schreuder’s departure, assisting on two goals in the last two games. He provided an outstanding assist in last Sunday’s 5-0 league victory over Cambuur.
Ajax is now led by interim coach John Heitinga, and Kudus has regained his top form under his tutelage.
Kudus has previously played for Heitinga, as the two previously worked together during Kudus’ time with Jong Ajax, where he scored five goals in five games.
Kudus has been a standout performer for Ajax since Heitinga’s appointment as interim coach, earning Man of the Match honours twice in three games. This resurgence is a testament to Heitinga’s ability to bring out the best in his players, as well as the coach’s strong relationship with Kudus.
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