Antony Matheus dos Santos – Antony for short – has been chosen as Johan Cruijff Talent of the Month for December based on statistics and football fans’ votes. It is the first talent award for the 21-year-old Brazilian; earlier this season, team-mate Jurriën Timber was elected Johan Cruijff Talent of the Month for September and November.
Goals outside the sixteen
The Brazilian international made three goals in four matches and provided one assist. Antony scored three of his last five Eredivisie goals from outside the penalty box; since his Eredivisie debut in 2020, he has scored at least two more goals from outside the sixteen than any other Ajax player (4). In December, the forward also noted ten chances created from open play, six successful dribbles and one selection as KPN Man of the Match.
Cheques for Ajax Foundation and Johan Cruyff Foundation
Besides the monthly prize, the Ajax forward also received two cheques on behalf of the VriendenLoterij. The first is a cheque for €2,500 for community projects of the Ajax Foundation, and the second is a €5,000 cheque to donate to a project of the Johan Cruyff Foundation, which will enable the purchase of sporting equipment for children with physical disabilities.
About the voting
The Eredivisie Player of the Month and Johan Cruijff Talent of the Month Awards are based on statistics (StatsPerform) and votes from football fans, cast via the KPN Man of the Match vote (ESPN). These elements also count towards the Eredivisie Player of the Year and Johan Cruijff Talent of the Year Awards, which are presented in a live broadcast on ESPN at the end of the season 2021/22.
The Eredivisie Player of the Month vote is an initiative of the Eredivisie CV in collaboration with ESPN. The Johan Cruijff Talent of the Month is an initiative of the Eredivisie CV, ESPN, Johan Cruyff Foundation and VriendenLoterij.