Matthijs de Ligt moved from Ajax to Juventus this summer in a blockbuster €80 million move after reaching the Champions League semi-final with Ajax.
The plan for De Ligt was to slowly transition in Juventus’ first team.
However, with Chiellini’s injury which will see him out of action for most of the season, De Ligt had to step in immediately.
The Dutchman showed weaknesses on a couple of occasions, but despite that remains a safe starter in Sarri’s eleven.
After a bad showing against Northern Ireland, it seems as if centre-back’s insecurity converted to his national team performances.
De Ligt is, however, fully aware of his situation. In an interview with NOS, he spoke about it after the Netherlands won 2-1 against Belarus.
“I also know that I am perhaps a little less confident than last year.
“A football player always has ups and downs … You can’t always go up. Last year I had a fantastic season and right now I have some things that go differently.
“Very normal for a young player. I don’t worry there The good matches will come naturally.”
Despite his perhaps weaker form, the youngster is yet to lose a competitive match both for club and the national team this season:
“Yes, I haven’t lost this season so far, so I can be happy with that.”
Juventus aren’t feeling the consequences of De Ligt’s adaptation period.
The Old Lady is sitting at the top of Serie A after a big win in a dominant display against Inter last Sunday.