14:30 Chelsea are doing everything they can to pick up Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus this summer. The London club sees the Dutch defender as the ideal reinforcement for the defense, which has fallen apart due to the departure of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rüdiger. Why would a transfer to The Blues be a good step for the 22-year-old defender?
When De Ligt made the move to Juventus, most of the Netherlands was enthusiastic about his transfer. The young defender, who made a huge impression at Ajax, was able to play at the Oude Dame together with the experienced Leandro Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. In addition, the defender would play in Serie A, the competition in which defending is viewed in a completely different way than the rest of the world. De Ligt could only get better there.
The conditions were excellent for De Ligt, but things did not go smoothly in Turin. In his first year he shuttled between the base and the bench, but the former Ajax player has turned out to be a regular base player in the past two seasons. However, the football player born in Leiderdorp alternated good moments with mediocre moments. It was not yet De Ligt who impressed Ajax enormously.
That was mainly due to the different way of playing. At Ajax, the 22-year-old footballer was involved in all facets of the game. De Ligt had to take out his man, but also had to ensure that the build-up of the team from Amsterdam went well. At Juventus it is very different. De Ligt has one important task there and that is eliminating his direct opponent.
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How De Ligt was able to step forward at Ajax to take on the duel with his opponent, is that at Juventus, he mainly waits for the striker to come near him. A completely different way of defending, which De Ligt has clearly become better at. However, his development in all other areas seems to have come to a standstill (too much).
Characteristic of this is that De Ligt is no longer a certainty in the Dutch national team.
Ajax defender Jurriën Timber seems a good candidate to take over his position at the heart of the defense during the World Cup. With his defensive and constructive qualities, Timber currently seems further than his predecessor at Ajax. A transfer to Chelsea could very well work out for De Ligt
In England a different way of playing beckons. De Ligt can take his defensive experience with him to London, where he will develop into a more complete defender. His footballing qualities, which De Ligt received a lot of praise for at Ajax, are less noticeable at the moment.
For the young defender, who is otherwise enjoying himself in Italy, it is an important choice in his career. Will he take on the challenge as leader of the new Juventus, or will he opt for an adventure at Chelsea? In view of the World Cup and its development, the latter option does not seem a bad choice.