CapeTownFootball journalist Kyle Lewis believes that Ajax Cape Town’s reignited form is due to the acquisition of the intelligent Erwin Isaacs
A signing is a rare commodity of Ajax Cape Town, who is known for letting go of their good players, leaving fans to just have faith or hope a new prodigy comes out of Ikamva. But what a breath of fresh air a signing can be.
Erwin Isaacs might be on loan, but he definitely should be signed in the summer transfer window.
Gone are the days of the flat and one dimensional long ball football Ajax have produced this season when struggling Nathan Paulse on the team-sheet, and back is the entertaining, coherent football that Ajax produce from youth teams already.
Their matches are back to being a glorious spectacle of attacking football that has fans salivating weekly.
Sitting in the Cape Town stadium, in the front row, watching Erwin Isaacs celebrate his maiden goal against Chippa United, kissing the Ajax badge. There was just something puzzling about the situation. It’s one of the mysteries in football that we will never understand.
How is it possible that a player suddenly goes from so bad to so good so fast? Is it because his back in Cape Town? Is it because he feels appreciated at Ajax?
But a player who looked so below average for years at Bidvest Wits, stands out when he plays for Ajax Cape Town. Is this a reflection of the quality of Ajax Cape Town? Or just the ability of Roger de Sa to bring the best out of his players.
On the good side, he has two goals from four appearances. The former Santos and Wits attacker’s two strikes perfectly illustrated his major quality, he’s a lethal finisher.
Isaacs is not, however, a pure poacher. There’s intelligence to his game that is relatively rare among Ajax attackers who have emerged over the past few years, many of whom have been based primarily around speed rather than subtlety.
Really, it was not just that Erwin Isaacs scored two strikes of such distinctive styles. It was that they were a direct consequence of a style of play that ‘Appels’, himself is so central to. The 28-year-old is the personification of Roger de Sa’s high-intensity, counter attacking approach.
At a time when the former Bucs manager was struggling to get his team to adapt to his approach successfully, the manager has found someone who understands it and applies it. His running is so important to their overall game and was again crucial as Ajax so impressively pegged SuperSport United back around their own box for majority of this match.
For a start, Isaacs positions himself intelligently, and on Saturday, that was usually in the channel between SuperSport’s right-back and right-sided center-back.
Isaacs gives us something to get excited about after Keagan Dolly has failed to live up to last season’s award winning performances. Wouldn’t be surprised if Mamelodi Sundowns decide to loan Dolly back next season.
How to regularly combine both flair and solidity to create one title-winning force will be the next step of Roger de Sa’s development as a top-flight coach to be reckoned with.