ADAM MAHER

WHO

  • Name: Adam Maher
  • Date of Birth: July 20,1993
  • Place of birth: Diemen, the Netherlands
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Position: Right back
  • Club: Ajax (Youth team)

 

REMEMBER THE NAME

The Eredivisie has become a breeding ground for footballers. Players like Luis Suarez,Balazs Dzsudzsak and Bryan Ruiz have all left. Their recent departures have paved the way for new talents in the league. One such example is AZ’s wonderkid Adam Maher.

After 17 rounds of the Dutch Eredivisie AZ Alkmaar have already opened a 1 and 5 points gap at the top over PSV and Twente respectively, with PSV closing the gap on the Eredivisie leaders after their 2-1 defeat at NAC Breda. In the absence of  Maarten Martens,a new name came forward into the light to lead the side from Alkmaar into a flying start.

Adam Maher (18) is a Dutch-Moroccan attacking midfielder who was born and raised in Diemen, Netherlands, where he joined the local team (SV Diemen) at the age of 5. He moved to AVV Zeeburgia three years later. At the age of 11 he decided to join the youth team of AZ Alkmaar and he has been there since, enjoying his meteoric rise in the senior side.

He was part of the 2009 Under -17 FIFA World Cup Dutch national team. On December 2010 he scored on his debut for the senior team of AZ against BATE Borisov, becoming the youngest player (17 years and 147 days) ever to score for a Dutch club in the Europa League.

But his real breakthrough came this season. I first watched this kid when he came off the bench in their first game of the season against PSV. He made effective use of the 33 minutes that his coach Gertjan Verbeek gave him. The 18 year old from Diemen provided Jozy Altidore the assist for his goal. Maher has developed into an important first team member, and is already responsible for some of the highlights of the current season.He received his first Dutch U-21 call up last month, but is yet to fully decide which team he wants to represent on senior international level. Be it Morocco or Netherlands, it is clear that Maher should have a very bright future in the game. He still has the chance to ‘test-drive’ the two teams.

STYLE OF PLAY

With 4 goals (another one in the Europa League) and 4 assists in 17 Eredivisie games, 18 year old Adam Maher has made a real name for himself, catching the eyes of Europe’s finest clubs such as Barcelona and  AC Milan.

Maher can play anywhere in midfield .The lad is capable of playing both as an attacking midfielder and deeper, as central midfielder or left midfielder .The kid is a very gifted player with excellent technical abilities. His close ball control, ambidexterity, first touch, dribbling, passing and shooting skills are superb. His vision is a plus for his teammates as he is able to send stunning assists as well as scoring.

FLAWS

Adam is still a raw material and the Eredivisie is the best league for him to work on all his weaknesses and improve them in the coming seasons. He has to improve a lot on the physical side of the game.

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TOMORROW

The kid is attached to AZ until the summer of 2015. His estimated market value currently stands on 3 million Euros, but this sum may rise quickly due to the interest of Europe’s big boys.

Some football pundits have started calling him the new Cesc Fabregas. A Barcelona scout reportedly attended the Eredivisie match between AZ and ADO Den Haag. Maher scored and provided an assist.

The shy guy is still cosseted by his family and still doesn’t know how to handle all the hype and media around him.We hope to see more Maher-magic in the near future.

QUOTES

”Adam could have joined AC Milan, Manchester City or Olympique Lyonnais a few years ago,” “It was too early for a move abroad, though – and it still is. Adam is still too young for such a big step. There’s plenty of time to leave in three or four years time.”. Ider Maher (dad)

“I am not afraid, he’s sensible enough,” Haar told Voetbal Primeur when asked about the Barca rumours.“In terms of creativity, he looks very similar to Martens, the player he replaced. It makes me think of Fabregas.”– Martin Haar (AZ Alkmaar assistant coach)

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