Koeman to start Heitinga
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ajax coach Ronald Koeman has revealed Johnny Heitinga is ready for a regular defensive spot alongside Julien Escude with the Eredivisie leaders.
The youngster, who netted the club's equaliser in their 4-1 victory over ADO Den Haag, has featured at the heart of the defence in their recent clashes against PSV and AZ Alkmaar.
Koeman revealed he has tried several players on the right side of his centre back pairing, and is ready to give Heitinga the chance to cement his place.
"We're looking and so far we've tried several players at the position of right central defender," said Koeman on ajax.nl.
"Johnny Heitinga is ready to play there. I'll leave him there for several games, despite what the opponent does.
"At least, I'll change our play where needed. Despite his age, Heitinga has a strong personality, shows confidence and has got a good pass and a nice kicking technique."