Babel believes an emphasis on statistics has hurt Dutch football.
He told Voetbal International: "All of a sudden statistics started to play an important role.
"How I was trained as a striker at Ajax, it didn't even count how much you scored yourself. You had to be clever, run and always go to the first post. If you had a good command of those parts, nothing was wrong. Because: if you didn't score, you enabled the number 10 to do that."
He continued, “Did you have strikers that would score twenty plus goals in the Netherlands, which I personally did not like at all, but which was hugely hyped?