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Ajax 'already considering' handing major honour to Jordan Henderson after just two appearances

Ajax 'already considering' handing major honour to Jordan Henderson after just two appearances

Henderson could be in for a major honour.

Ajax will consider naming Jordan Henderson as the club's new captain, according to reports, despite the England international making just two appearances for his new team so far.

The Dutch giants completed the signing of Henderson last month after he terminated his contract with Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq.

According to The Athletic, Henderson had difficulty settling in Saudi Arabia after joining Steven Gerrard's side, and he left Al Ettifaq while they were in the midst of a near three-month winless run.

The 33-year-old has impressed his team-mates during his opening matches for Ajax, despite the side drawing one and losing one of those fixtures.

Henderson is the most senior player in a squad packed full of young talent, with the midfielder expected to play a mentoring role during his time at the Johan Cruyff ArenA.

The Daily Mirror reported that the 33-year-old was set to be named captain for the 3-2 defeat to Heerenveen on Sunday, although Ajax manager John van't Schip confirmed that Steven Berghuis will temporarily assume the role in Steven Bergwijn's injury-enforced absence.

Nonetheless, it is claimed by the same outlet that Ajax have given consideration to handing Henderson the armband on a permanent basis in the future due to the 'positive effect' he has had on the club's dressing room.

Speaking to ESPN after his debut in the 1-1 draw against PSV last week, Henderson said: "It was a very good game. The atmosphere was incredible.

"Obviously it was a special day for me and my family. To represent this football club for the first time, that was special. And to play in this stadium was really special."

Despite some criticism of the club's reported captaincy plan on social media, Henderson becoming Ajax skipper wouldn't be a significant shock given his success in the role at Liverpool.

And Ajax's difficult start to the Eredivisie season, which has already convinced the club's hierarchy that Henderson's experience was required at the club, may also give the England international an advantage in that regard.

But the midfielder's main priority will be to help the Dutch giants to finish in third place in the Eredivisie, which would result in reaching the Champions League qualification stages. Ajax are currently nine points behind third-placed Twente with 13 games to play.

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Topics: Jordan Henderson, Ajax, Liverpool, Eredivisie, Steven Gerrard