Date of birth: 02/04/1997 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Youth career: DCG Amsterdam, Ajax Amsterdam
Current club: Ajax Amsterdam
Squad number: —
Current national team: Netherlands U-19
Position: centre midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round (2/0), 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (5/2), AEGON Future Cup 2013, AEGON Future Cup 2014, UEFA Youth League 2014/2015 (3/0)
Contract until: 30.06.2017
Player’s agent: Fulco van Kooperen – Muy Manero
Similar type of player: Andres Iniesta
– ball control
– ability to hold up the ball
Style of play:
– modern playmaker
– likes to hold up the ball
– likes to come deep to get ball and dictate tempo
– improves the team’s off the ball movement when in possession
– likes to play through balls
– player is very good in combination play
– exceptional precision when passing and shooting
– likes to play risky passes
– often makes defense splitting passes
He is best suited to playing as:
Centre midfielder in 4-3-3.
European Under-17 Championship 2014 runner-up with Netherlands.
Aegon Future Cup 2014 winner with Ajax – MVP of the tournament.
No senior team appearances yet.
Abdelhak Nouri is another marvelous talent from famous Ajax youth academy. For years, Nouri has been considered to be a great talent, which he proved during prestigious youth tournaments such as Marveld Tournament or AEGON Future Cup. Many experts view him as the future playmaker of the senior Netherlands national team. A few months ago he played very well at the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where young “Oranje” won a silver medal. Currently he represents Holland at U-19 level, battling for qualification to UEFA European Under-19 championship. He’s also a key player of Ajax U-19 team, which participates in UEFA Youth League and leads in a very tough group over teams like Barcelona and PSG.
“Abdelhak Nouri is a classy advanced playmaker who has excellent technique and ball control. The Dutch number 8 lights up the field with his flair and creativity, tending to use his dribbling repertory to drive by opponent markers, just like Andres Iniesta in his golden years. The new rising ‘de Godenzonen’ talent can be compared to something between Real Madrid’s new star Isco or Schalke’s Julian Draxler. He can play both as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder or as a modern narrow winger.”
“Seven years ago Abdelhak Nouri, called Appie by his teammates, was chosen as ‘best player’ of a youth tournament in Amsterdam. I remember this clearly because I was the juror. Other teams participating, apart from Ajax, were Internazionale, Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen and Anderlecht. Appie stood out in this field of top projects. It was no surprise to learn that in the years to follow the title of ‘best player’ was awarded him almost routinely in numerous European youth tournaments. Nouri is an underlined name in the scouting reports of international top teams. With his dazzling skills, goal scoring ability and subtle passing game, he makes an unforgettable impression even on those who saw him play once. In spite of his size he seems to have a helicopter view of the pitch which enables him to shine in one of his specialties: the no look pass. Almost always the youngest among his peers, during matches you see him giving out advice as a senior. Nouri is a brilliant player with a bright future ahead of him.”
(Henk Spaan – columnist and football journalist)
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has potential to become a key player in a top European club.