AZ goalkeeper Vindahl Jensen is a potential frontrunner, but it’s not over yet

AZ goalkeeper Vindahl Jensen is a potential frontrunner, but it’s not over yet

“Peter has proven to be a reliable and stable keeper at the highest level in Denmark,” said Max Huiberts last August about the new AZ acquisition Peter Vindahl Jensen. And indeed, the Dane has regularly shown his qualities, but the director of football affairs of the Alkmaar club sometimes scratches his head.

Because the 23-year-old fence post also gradually got the thick pilot label on his pants. Last Sunday he helped Feyenoord back into the game with a Rotterdam corner that AZ won 2-1. Part thanks and it must be said some great saves from the keeper.

But this wasn’t the first time Vindahl had made a glaring mistake. During a visit to Ajax in December, he was unable to control the ball in extra time and after that De Perr Schuurs managed to make the situation 2-2. Fortunately, an Amsterdam cake was narrowly sidelined.

“He can really be grateful to the VAR,” mocked Studio Voetbal analyst Ibrahim Afellay, who at the same time labeled Vindahl as one of the worst goalkeepers in the Eredivisie. “How exciting. Unbelievable. You can expect a club like AZ to have better keepers, right?”


Vindahl even made two errors in a row in January. In his competitive game with Fortuna Sittard, he let an easy ball slip out of his hand and in the cup match against FC Twente a few days later, a pitch was too much for him, which subsequently resulted in a penalty in an attempt at fixation. it fail. †

But also in these cases, AZ ultimately remained unscathed and thanks to their 2-1 victory over Enschede and then their 4-0 victory over RKC, Alkmaarders can play at home against ‘Ajax’ in the semi-finals tonight. KNVB tournament. .cup as field winners.

AZ goalkeeper Peter Vindahl Jensen grabs the ball from Ajax striker Sebastien Haller’s header


Whether the child is worried or not, coach Pascal Jansen continues to count on Vindahl. “I know where Peter stands in his development,” Feyenoord said after the win. “He came to the Netherlands from Denmark to become a better goalkeeper. potentialwhat did they say?”

AZ paid 1.8 million euros for the FC Nordsjælland goalkeeper last summer, where he has gone under the bar 55 times since his debut in September 2018 and is a fixed value. His choice for Alkmaarders was conscious. “They like to use young players and find it important to develop their own talents.”

Denmark national team

Vindahl, who was an outfielder until his eleventh birthday and was therefore able to play football well, had to sit on the bench behind Hobie Verhulst at the start of the season, but the Danish successor to Marco Bizot went to Stade Brest. He even missed a minute after his debut against PSV on September 11.

In November, he even made the first national team squad to qualify for the Qatar World Cup for qualifying matches against the Faroe Islands and Scotland. The call came from national coach Kasper Hjulmand, the same coach who made his international debut for FC Nordsjaelland four times in a cup match.

in good hands

Vindahl is not without ambition. The 1.95m goalkeeper already saw the move from the Danish Super League to the Dutch Eredivisie as a step in the right direction, but he wants more: to reach the top of the world. “The ideal scenario,” he said in an interview, “is a few good years at the first AZ, then the next step. And I hope one day to play in England, the capital of football.”

Then these bugs will have to disappear from your game first. Jansen is showing patience for the time being. “This boy is 23 years old and developing very well. It’s not perfect yet, it’s not finished yet. At the same time, our goal is to bring in unfinished players and make them better with our schedule and training. †

In short, Vindahl is in good hands. There is also hope for AZ: just like Vindahl has the ball.

Source: NOS