Ajax teenager Charlie Setford is hoping for success with Ajax after choosing to represent England despite the chance for him to play for the Netherlands. He is hoping to make an impact with the four-time European Champions. Setford has been the third goalkeeper for Erik ten Haag throughout the season. He was on the bench for two victories against Borussia Dortmund in the group stage.
“I have had a largely English upbringing. Everything at home is practically English. We watch a bit of Dutch TV and some of the music is Dutch but it is mostly English at home. We tend to watch more English football than Dutch because it is more entertaining and interesting to follow,” Ajax goalkeeper Charlie Setford said. “The Eerste Divisie is great to play in if you are at Ajax and you are 17, 18, or 19. You get to play against men at big clubs. It’s pressure. It’s high level. It is also about money. You are playing against people who are fighting for their money, who already have kids. In England, you don’t have the equivalent of Jong Ajax. The Under-23 league is not a proper league in the sense you are only playing against people your own age. It is a big step from that to the Premier League.”
“First-team training sessions are at a very high level. At Jong Ajax, there is more intense because they can take more risks in their sessions than the first team can. But the first team shoot with much more power and much more accuracy. It is a higher level, another step, Champions League level,” he added. “It is difficult being a goalkeeper and saving those shots. You need to be alert, you need to be sharp. You can’t switch off. That’s when you realize there is another step above and you are not good enough yet to be the first-team goalkeeper.”