Former Ajax star Ronald de Boer has hailed defender Jurrien Timber, believing the centre-back could play for someone like Manchester City.

Timber is one of the current crop of young stars making an impact at Ajax, having moved up from the U21 side in September last year.

Since then he’s made 56 appearances in all competitions for the Dutch club, establishing himself as a key player under Erik Ten Haag.

He’s been a regular this season, starting all of the Eredivisie games he’s been available for and four of Ajax’s six games in the Champions League.

Undoubtedly a potential star for the future, his performances and comfort on the pitch make a mockery of his relative lack of experience and age.

Big clubs around Europe are all likely to be keeping an eye on him and De Boer believes the 20-year-old could definitely play for someone like Manchester City in future.

“I think Timber is really great. He plays so well,” Ajax Showtime report him saying on Ziggo Sport’s Rondo.

“He dominates and has peace on the ball. It is unprecedented. But would he, because he is 1.78 metres tall, also be able to play in the Premier League against Lukaku or another top striker?

“Will clubs go for that? It depends what kind of club you go to. I think he can join Manchester City like that. There he plays with a lot of space at his back.”