Ajax, one of Europe's most storied football clubs, is facing its worst start to a season in six decades, raising questions about the impact of the departure of legendary captain Dušan Tadić.
Currently languishing in 12th place in the Eredivisie, the Amsterdam-based club is grappling with a series of poor performances that have alarmed fans and pundits alike.
In a shocking 3:1 defeat to Twente on Sunday, Ajax found themselves two goals down within the first 11 minutes, a low not seen since October 2008. The team managed a paltry two shots on goal throughout the match, in stark contrast to Twente's nine attempts.
Ajax legend Ronald De Bur voiced his concerns, stating, "You start to wonder where this is heading. We have ten, eleven, twelve new players who seem to have no idea what it means to play for Ajax. Usually, a draw is already considered a crisis here. Do they even realize that? I don't get that feeling."
The club has also seen significant changes in its management structure, with the exits of sporting director Mark Overmars and director Edwin Van Der Sar. Over the summer, Ajax invested heavily in new talent, bringing in 12 new players and spending over €100 million.
The dismal start to the season has led to speculation about whether the club is feeling the absence of Dušan Tadić, who was a key figure in the team's recent successes. As Ajax looks to turn things around, the focus will undoubtedly be on whether the new signings can adapt quickly enough to the club's storied culture and high expectations.
For Ajax, a club with a rich history and a reputation for developing young talent, the current situation serves as a stark reminder that past glories offer no guarantees for the future.