Advocaat Defends Bassey Amid  Criticisms

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Former Netherlands manager Dick Advocaat defends Calvin Bassey after ex-Dutch international Andy van der Meyde criticise the Nigerian defender for a poor display in Ajax’s 3-2 loss to Feyenoord in their Eredivisie fixture on Sunday.

The Nigerian has struggled since making a £19m switch from Glasgow Rangers to Amsterdam and his performance in their recent derby defeat by Feyenoord has come in for serious criticisms.

The defender has faced several backlashes from former Dutch internationals since making a move to the Netherlands last summer.

Ex-Dutch international Andy van der Meyde demanded they release him on a free transfer while Marco van Basten accused him of doing everything in his power not to have the ball.

But the 75-year-old former Feyenoord and Rangers manager Advocate has spoken in support of the Super Eagles’ defender, noting that Bassey was the best player at Ibrox last season and needed time to adapt.

 He was Rangers’ best player last season, Advocaat told Glasgow Times.

So, you can’t say he can’t play football, but he really needs time.

His manager John Heitinga has pointed out that to get the best out of him, you must have other defenders who can help him out if he loses the ball.

“He’s a good defender first and foremost Ajax didn’t buy him for his football abilities.”

Bassey has made 23 league appearances with one goal to his name.

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