Future Watch: Matthijs de Ligt Rookie Soccer Cards, Netherlands

Future Watch: Matthijs de Ligt Rookie Soccer Cards, NetherlandsFuture Watch: Matthijs de Ligt Rookie Soccer Cards, NetherlandsDefender Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most interesting players I have written about for Future Watch. He made his first appearance with the senior team for Ajax back in the 2016-17 campaign at the tender age of 17. He was the youngest player ever to appear in a European final when Ajax faced Manchester United in the Europa League final in 2017. The next season, de Ligt became the first defender to win the Golden Boy award.

In 2018-19, he helped lead the Dutch powerhouse to the Champions League semifinals. His Ajax side knocked out Italian giants Juventus to get there. So what did Juve do in response? They paid 75 million euros for his services to bring him to Serie A.

But, what now for the 20-year old? He hasn’t had the easiest transition into the Italian top flight. There are still plenty of questions to be answered by the talented de Ligt. What cannot be questioned is his natural ability. He has good size but is not lumbering. De Ligt can handle the ball well with both feet. He reads the game nicely and knows when he has to dive in to make a goal saving tackle. Strong in the air, he adds to his overall game by having a good eye for a pass forward to start his team on their way.

What remains to be seen is how he eventually settles in for Juve. They are a giant in world football and are seemingly always the favorite to win the scudetto. That puts the Old Lady firmly in the Champions League conversation each season and we know what that can do to enhance a player’s reputation (much like it did for de Ligt before his move to Juve).

If he doesn’t find his footing long term in Italy, there is still a future for him. But how will that affect how he is viewed by the footballing world?

De Ligt got his debut for the Netherlands when he was just 17 and leading the Oranje back to glory at the World Cup is not out of the realm of possibility for him as well.

Collectors looking for Matthijs de Ligt cards will find them in 2018-19 Panini Immaculate, 2018-19 Donruss, 2019-20 Panini Gold Standard and Topps Living Sets.

Future Watch: Matthijs de Ligt Rookie Soccer Cards, Netherlands – Stats

Standard Stats Table
Playing Time Performance Per 90 Minutes Expected Per 90 Minutes
Season Age Squad Country Comp LgRank MP Starts Min Gls Ast PK PKatt CrdY CrdR Gls Ast G+A G-PK G+A-PK xG npxG xA xG xA xG+xA npxG npxG+xA Matches
2016-2017 16 Jong Ajax nl NED 2. Eerste Divisie 2nd 17 17 1,508 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.06 0.00 0.06 0.06 0.06 Matches
2016-2017 16 Ajax nl NED 1. Dutch Eredivisie 2nd 11 6 567 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.32 0.00 0.32 0.32 0.32 Matches
2017-2018 17 Ajax nl NED 1. Dutch Eredivisie 2nd 33 33 2,913 3 2 0 0 8 0 0.09 0.06 0.15 0.09 0.15 Matches
2018-2019 18 Ajax nl NED 1. Dutch Eredivisie 1st 33 33 2,970 3 1 0 0 1 0 0.09 0.03 0.12 0.09 0.12 Matches
2019-2020 19 Juventus it ITA 1. Serie A 1st 14 12 1,165 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.08 0.00 0.08 0.08 0.08 1.2 1.2 0.1 0.09 0.01 0.09 0.09 0.09 Matches
4 Seasons 3 Clubs 3 Leagues 108 101 9,123 10 3 0 0 15 0 0.10 0.03 0.13 0.10 0.13 1.2 1.2 0.1 0.09 0.01 0.09 0.09 0.09
Country Comp LgRank MP Starts Min Gls Ast PK PKatt CrdY CrdR Gls Ast G+A G-PK G+A-PK xG npxG xA xG xA xG+xA npxG npxG+xA Matches
Ajax (3 Seasons) 1 League 77 72 6,450 8 3 0 0 9 0 0.11 0.04 0.15 0.11 0.15
Jong Ajax (1 Season) 1 League 17 17 1,508 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.06 0.00 0.06 0.06 0.06
Juventus (1 Season) 1 League 14 12 1,165 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.08 0.00 0.08 0.08 0.08 1.2 1.2 0.1 0.09 0.01 0.09 0.09 0.09
Dutch Eredivisie (3 Seasons) 77 72 6,450 8 3 0 0 9 0 0.11 0.04 0.15 0.11 0.15
Eerste Divisie (1 Season) 17 17 1,508 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.06 0.00 0.06 0.06 0.06
Serie A (1 Season) 14 12 1,165 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.08 0.00 0.08 0.08 0.08 1.2 1.2 0.1 0.09 0.01 0.09 0.09 0.09
Provided by FBref.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/13/2020.

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