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Report: Ajax already have another teen to replace De Ligt

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He’s 19 years old and has already played over 60 games in the Dutch top flight!

Goal.com asked the question “who is Kik Pierie?”

Whoever steps into the breach to fill the shoes the 19-year-old Dutch former club captain left behind, was in for an arduous task.

But the first question is posed when he held up that Juventus shirt. Who will replace Matthijs De Ligt?

After all, he was the heart of their defense at centre-back. He led from the front. On route to the Champions League semi-finals.

A tough-tackling, marauding, goal-scoring defender in a league of his own.

The young man charged with the task Kik Pierie.

Signed from Heerenveen. Another 19-year-old expected to make the required step up and to become a  key figure in the Dutch champions’ squad.

Ajax paid 5 million Euros for the young defender. A snip in comparison to what they got for De Ligt.

Erik ten Hag’s has already bolstered his defensive ranks by signing centre-backs, Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez. It is also expected academy starlet Perr Schuurs will have a breakout season too.

Ajax prides itself on a core of homegrown Dutch talent, Pierie fits the bill.

He could, however, turnout for the USA if he so chooses. While of Dutch parents, he was in fact born in Boston, Massachusets.

Ina recent interview, he said:

“The American sports culture and mindset appeal to me, but on the other hand I am also a proud Dutchman.”

On his new challenge in Amsterdam and the Johan Cruyff Arena he said:

“I really think the sky is the limit.”

“I want to be in the first team as quickly as possible.”

The young defender does not seem fazed in the least by the challenge. In fact, he seems to be inspired to succeed by the pressure and expectation on his shoulders.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 10: Matthijs de Ligt of Amsterdam runs with the ball next to Cristiano Ronaldo during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Ajax and Juventus at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 10, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)