With short hair and a beard, Matthias de Ligt appeared to cement his position as a strong defender at the start of this season. But his new look has not yet paid off: he is having a miserable season with his club, Juventus.
De Ligt is not an undisputed starter in ninth place in Serie A, which is already sixteen points behind leaders Napoli. Even in the countless blow the Turin club had to endure, the 2-1 defeat to Hellas Verona last weekend, De Ligt remained on the bench for ninety minutes.
Last Wednesday, when Juventus lost at home to Sassuolo by the same score, De Ligt played the entire match. However, he did not make a strong impression. Fabiana della Valle, a journalist for La Gazzetta dello Sport, agrees. “De Ligt lacks confidence and is not working on his strongest period.”
‘He needs to become more than a leader’
Because of his lower form, 22-year-old De Ligt had to give up his starting place in the Dutch national team to Inter defender Stephan de Vrij, who scored higher in Serie A De Valle: “De Ligt is better than De Vrij, I think. De Ligt is one of the best defenders in the world, but he needs to gain confidence and become more than a leader.”
The former Ajax player, who moved to Italy for more than €80m in 2019, is also linked with other clubs due to the current situation. Rumors of leaving inflated after the statements of client Mino Raiola. He indicated in an interview with another Italian sports newspaper, Tuttosport, in September that the defender could leave Juventus after this season.
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