Sven Botman is a product of the Ajax team. If you’re conversant with the game of football, you must have known how massive they are. They have produced players like Luis Suarez, Arkaduisz Milik, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, etc. Heerenveen acquired the lad from Ajax on loan after winning the U17 and U19 Eredivise. A very important central defender said Johnny Jansen, the SC Heerenveen head coach. 

Player profile | Sven Botman 

Date of birth (age): 12 January 2000 (19) 

Place of birth: Badhoevedorn 

Nationality: Netherlands 

Height: 193cm 

Current Club: Ajax 

Position: Defender- Centre back 

Other positions: Left back 

Preferred foot: Left 

Contract expires: 30.06.2023 

Who is Sven Botman? 

The Dutchman is currently on loan from Ajax reserves team. He made his first ever appearance for ajax in December 2018. Currently in Heerenveen, he has scored two goals in 17 outings for his club with a better goal percentage than he had in ajax. He has the abilities of a successful defender, even playing from the left defensive position. Sven Botman is a great prospect to watch. 

What is Sven Botmans’ style of play? 

Sven Botman is one of the defenders that prefer to keep the ball. He has the style of play like that of Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool. Due to his height, he has the tends to win a whole lot of aerial duels. He only clears the ball when it matters most to his team, or when they are under high pressure, otherwise he likes keeping possession by playing short passes to his teammates. He also shows strength when it comes to attacking, as most times, he is seen helping the attack in times of need.  

What are Sven Botmans’ strengths? 

Not a perfect payer all round, but he has all it takes to be the one of the best defenders in the world. Standing at 193cm, he is a pretty tall footballer, possessing some special defensive attributes like heading, man marking and tackling. He has a great personality, and he has the determination to succeed as a Centre-defender. His vision makes it really easy for him to make quick and decisive passes, instead of clearing the ball with the possibility of finding his teammates. These are some of the features and characters he possesses, but at this stage, he is mostly concerned with improving his game and having opportunities with one of the top teams in Europe. 

What are Sven Botmans’ weaknesses? 

No single player is blessed with all the characteristics of an attacker and a defender at the same time. There are some areas of the game where the Dutchman lacks. His attacking in general is poor, but it is not reasonable that we have to compare the attributes of a defender based on that of an attacker. Having said that, he still contributed directly to 5 goals this season (2 goals and 3 assists), thus, showing what an asset Botman is.   

Sven Botmans’ Stats Analysis 

Current season (19/20)

Sven Botman has impressed this season, as he played all the 17 matches; whilst starting all of the possible matches. Botman has proved that he is first team material; a defender which still contributes towards scoring goals. Ajax have produced absolute world class players and they definitely know a thing or two how to handle and develop a talent. We believe that Sven Botman  is at the right place at the right time. Ajax have loaned Botman to SC Heerenveen as with their close affiliation, they are known to develop and expose players; Sven Botman is a testament to this. 

It is not a surprise that Heerenveen are capable to produce such a talent like Sven Botman. He is having a breakthrough season. Born as a naturally raw and pure defender. You could see a leader in Sven, we advise you to watch him play. What an impressive individual. Till now, it has been a great season for Sven Botman, Scoring 2 goals and 3 assists in 17 league matches. As a centre-back. At just 19-years-of-age. Mega! 

General Career Analysis 

Sven Botman is an Ajax product, which means he is definitely something special. He is still within the Ajax eco-system as this year (19/20), he has been loaned out to SC Heerenveen. Having played with Netherlands national youth teams, he is now being call up with the U/21’s. Sven scaled through the ranks in a very impressive manner, as he has been playing professional these couple of years (Eredivisie and the KEUKEN KAMPIOEN DIVISIE). Sven is a world-class player in the making. Yes, there is a whole lot of ground yet to be made; however, he shows all the right signs and characteristics.  

Transfer Analysis 

  • 09/10: RKSV Pancratius Youth to Ajax Youths (9 years)  
  • 15/16: Ajax Youths to Ajax U17 (15 years) 
  • 17/18: Ajax U17 to Ajax U19 (17 years) 
  • 18/19: Ajax U19 to Ajax U21 (18 years) 
  • 19/20: Ajax U21 to SC Heerenveen (19 years) 

As you can see, our hype regarding Sven Botman is absolutely justifiable. Having been scouted from a very young age, and have grown massively in a very fast manner. Scaled through the ranks and is quickly getting all that necessary experience so he could grow even further. I would not be surprised if we would see Sven Botman with a big club in the future.  

Potential – Our view + Our predicted outcome 

Our View 

We definitely believe that Sven Botman is a really talented player. A pure and raw defender. His talent is evident and we can see that his is hungry to grow; we can see that he wants to become one of the greats. He is at the right place to grow, as Ajax are a team which know a thing or two regarding developing talent. It is very true, that there is room for improvement and refinement, however, he is only 19! Sven Botman is already doing phenomenally good. This is also backed up with the fact that he has been a regular pick for Netherlands national youth teams. We can see that Sven Botman ticks all the right boxes to become a world-class Centre-back. He is definitely one for the future.   

Predicted outcome 

Will Sven Botman  stay at Ajax? 

Future move – According to Performing Season – Realistic or Dream move. 

IMP NOTE: Market value goes hand in hand with the racked-up appearances on the field. 

Market Value – Forecasted Analysis 

In curtesy of the platform “transfermarkt”, Sven Botman   is currently evaluated at 0.6 mil as per on this date 16/12/2019 being when I am writing this analysis. We believe that he will go up to 1.25 million in the next market update.  
 

We will analyse how the value would react, according to the season. 

Good Season (approx. 20 appearances out of approx. 34): Value would go up to around 1.25 mil. 

Very Good Season (all or nearly all the approx. 34 Matches): Value would go up to around 3 mil. 
 

Potential move 

So, if he would have an: (19/20 season) 

Good Season (approx. 20 appearances out of approx. 34): 

  • Belgium with RSC Anderlecht 
  • Stay with Ajax 

Very Good Season (all or nearly all the approx. 34 Matches) 

  • Germany with RB Leipzig 
  • Spain with Sevilla 
  • Stay with Ajax 

Our Prediction would be that he shall be having a very good season and he will be playing for Ajax next season. (as a rotational player) 

Summary – Our professional opinion 

To conclude with, Sven Botman has been showing up and doing all the right work. No wonder why there is all this hype around him. He has shown that he has got a really mature head at such a young age. A pure and raw defender. He is hungry, talented and very mature.  

Having said that, it is true that he needs to refine. Sven Botman is getting all the experience he requires to unlock all the potential within him. He is a world-class player in the making. We are sure that Sven Botman will be making headlines.