After seeing Borussia Dortmund get ripped apart at the Johan Cruyff Arena the night before, George Cox understands Erling Haaland’s feelings. The defender’s Fortuna Sittard team has lost to Ajax on several occasions, notably a 5-2 loss in Amsterdam last season. The former Brighton man scored twice, which is where Cox and Haaland diverge.
Cox’s impact in the Eredivisie was highlighted by a 30-yard first-time strike that was too hot for André Onana to handle and a second that pinged across the goalie and into the corner “After that game, my phone had never gone so mental, it was baking hot,” Cox says. “It didn’t sink in until a day after that I had scored two against Ajax at their stadium. Still to this day people ask me about it and it will be one of those moments that will stay with me for ever.”
Cox moved to the Netherlands in 2019 to compete against Champions League teams. After coming through the ranks at Brighton, the left-back had spent time on loan at Northampton in League Two, which served as a harsh reality check. Cox took the risk of moving abroad in order to avoid being suffocated in the lesser leagues.
Source : Guardian sport