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In-form Akpom unfazed by bench role

Ajax striker Chuba Akpom says he’s not bothered about starting games from the bench for the Dutch giants despite his improved form in the last three games, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Akpom came off the bench again and was on target again for Ajax on Sunday, as the former champions were held to a 2-2 by Almere City in the Eredivisie.

The Dutch giants and their new man have struggled in the early stages of the season but the former Middlesbrough player has been massive over the last one week, scoring four goals in their last three league games.

Despite his apparent improved form, he was introduced from the bench in those three games playing a combined 44 minutes and scoring four goals, averaging a goal every 11 minutes.

After the exit of coach Maurice Steijn, Akpom has admitted to a new lease of life under John van ‘t Schip but the player is yet to become a starter under the new manager who prefers Georges Mikautadze.

Akpom spoke after scoring his fourth goal of the season on Sunday, stressing that he’s more about the team’s performance than personal glory.

“I am a professional and must respect the trainer’s choice. I knew that if I was going to get an opportunity, I would give 100 per cent. I was ready. You influence what you influence. The other things are just distractions. I just think about how I can help the team when I get on the field,” Akpom said via Voetbal International.

The striker added that he is keen to replicate his last season’s performance for Middlesbrough at Ajax.

“This feeling reminds me of last season, yes. I haven’t even shown fifty per cent of my potential yet. I’m warming up and I’m sure I can be a success for Ajax,” he said.

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