Matthijs de Ligt has not had the start to the season he expected at Juventus. The Dutch centre-back, who swapped Ajax for the Italian champions in the summer, is not having a good time despite now being a regular in Serie A and tthe Champions League. His performances on the pitch have drawn criticism.
On Saturday, in Juve's 2-1 win over Bologna, the young defender cut out a cross with his hand late on. Surprisingly, the referee, after deferring to VAR, did not give the away side a penalty. In addition, De Ligt was saved several times in the game by the veteran Leonardo Bonucci, his partner in defence.
Despite the result, the Italian press focused on his poor performance again. The newspaper Tuttosport called him "imperfect," while Gazzetta dello Sport' feel he is "erratic."
In recent weeks, the former Barcelona target has recognised on several occasions that he's still not at the level he would like and that he showed last season with Ajax, which provoked interest from a number of Europe's biggest clubs.