Mitchell Dijks

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Mitchell Dijks
Personal information
Full name Mitchell Dijks
Date of birth (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Purmerend, Netherlands
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number 35
Youth career
000?–2009 Volendam
2009–2012 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Ajax 6 (0)
2013–2014 Heerenveen (loan) 24 (0)
2014–2015 Willem II 28 (0)
2015– Ajax 35 (0)
2017 Norwich City (loan) 15 (1)
National team
2009 Netherlands U16 1 (1)
2010–2011 Netherlands U18 6 (0)
2012 Netherlands U19 3 (0)
2012–2013 Netherlands U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:45, 27 August 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:05, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Mitchell Dijks (born 9 February 1993) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a left back for Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Career[edit]

AFC Ajax[edit]

Born in Purmerend, Dijks was recruited into the youth ranks of then AFC Ajax partner club FC Volendam in 2009.[2] While playing for the Ajax A1 youth squad in 2011–12, Dijks helped his side to win the Nike Eredivisie league title,[3] as well finishing as runners-up to Inter Milan in the NextGen Series (the Champions League equivalent for under-20 teams) after losing on penalties (5–3) following a 1–1 deadlock after extra time.[4]

Dijks made his first team debut on 5 August 2012 against PSV in the Johan Cruyff Shield in which he played 76 minutes in before being subbed off for Dico Koppers and he also received a yellow card.[5] Ajax lost the match 4–2.[5] Dijks then made his league debut with Ajax on 19 August 2012 against NEC, playing 79 minutes before being replaced by Joël Veltman.[6] The match ended 6–1 in favor of Ajax.[6] He made a total of 6 league appearances playing in the Left back position. playing in a KNVB Cup match as well, all while helping Ajax to win the Eredivisie title in his debut season, making it the team's 32nd Dutch league title overall.

Heerenveen (loan)[edit]

For the 2013–14 Eredivisie season, Dijks signed on loan with fellow Dutch top-tier club SC Heerenveen for the whole season.[7] On 3 August 2013 in the season opener against AZ, Dijks was sent off in his first match for his new club. Dijks was ejected following a reckless tackle in the 71' minute of the match, which ended a 4–2 victory at the Abe Lenstra Stadion.[8]

Willem II[edit]

On 28 August 2014 it was announced that Mitchell Dijks had signed a 2-year contract with Eredivisie side Willem II.[9]

Return to Ajax[edit]

On 26 June 2015, Ajax announced they had re-signed Dijks from Willem II. As part of the deal Ajax youngsters Richairo Živković, Ruben Ligeon and Lesly de Sa will head the other way on loan. On 30 January 2017 Dijks looked to join Norwich City FC on an initial loan deal.[10]

Norwich City (loan)[edit]

In January 2017, after initially turning down a transfer option to play in the EFL Championship for the Canaries, Dijks instead agreed upon a loan spell which would last until the season ended, with the English club. Having lost his position in the starting lineup to Daley Sinkgraven under newly appointed manager Peter Bosz, he chose to join Norwich City on loan.[11] He scored his first professional goal on Tuesday 7 February 2017 in a 2-2 away draw against Wigan Athletic with a powerful header in the 73rd minute.[12]

International[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

Dijks has represented the Netherlands at under-18, under-19, and the under-21 level. He was selected in the final Dutch under-19 squad for the elite stage of the 2012 Euro U19 qualification. He started and played in the team's first match of the elite stage against Norway U19 and lasted the full 90 while he gained a yellow card in the 54th minute as the Dutch won 2–1.[13] He then played in the Netherlands last match of qualifiers against France U19 coming on a substitute in the 20th minute for Mats van Huijgevoort.[14] The match ended in disaster for Dijks and the Dutch as they lost 6–0 and thus lost out European U19 qualification.[14] Then on 15 August 2012 Dijks made his debut for the Dutch under-21 team in a friendly against Italy U21, coming on as a 46th-minute substitute for Johan Kappelhof as the Dutch lost 3–0.

Senior team[edit]

Dijks received his first call up to the senior Netherlands team in March 2016 for friendlies against France and England.[15] Djiks joined Norwich City on Loan in the January transfer window.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2012–13 Ajax Eredivisie 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2013–14 SC Heerenveen (loan) 24 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
2014–15 Willem II 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2015–16 Ajax 29 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 39 0
2016–17 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
England League FA Cup Europe Other Total
2016–17 Norwich City (loan) Championship 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total Netherlands 90 0 6 0 12 0 0 0 108 0
Total England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 90 0 6 0 12 0 0 0 108 0
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 23 August 2016.[16][17]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax A1 (under-19)
Ajax

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ajax.nl/ajax-1/selectie/speler/mitchell-dijks.htm
  2. ^ "Convenant Ajax en FC Volendam lijkt te gaan leven". F-Side.nl. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Beste Spelers Nike A-junioren Eredivisie seizoen 2011/'12" (PDF). Nikefootball.com. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ajax A1 verliest finale van NextGen Series van Inter Milan". Voetbal Centraal. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "PSV 4–2 Ajax". Voetbal International. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "NEC vs. Ajax – 19 August 2012". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Official: Mitchell Dijks transferred to SC Heerenveen on a loan". SoccerFame. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Heerenveen vs. AZ 4 - 2". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dijks vertrekt transfervrij naar Willem II". Ajax Showtime. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ajax Seal Deal For Celtic Linked Defender Mitchell Dijks". Inside Futbol. 
  11. ^ "Mitchell Dijks tóch naar Norwich". AjaxShowtime. 
  12. ^ "Wigan Athletic 2 Norwich City 2". Pink Un. 
  13. ^ "Elite round (Group 1) – 25/05/2012 – 17:00CET (17:00 local time) – Víceúcelová sportovní hala – Slany". UEFA. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Elite round (Group 1) – 30/05/2012 – 17:00CET (17:00 local time) – Bohemians Praha – Prague". UEFA. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Arjen Robben pulls out of Holland squad to face France and England with a thigh injury". dailymail.co.uk. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Mitchell Dijks Voetbal International profile". Voetbal International. 
  17. ^ "Netherlands - M. Dijks - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". soccerway.com. 

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