Chelsea are in the market for defensive reinforcements ahead of the 2022-23 football season.
But which is the better option for Thomas Tuchel’s team? We take a look at why we should go for the Dutchman over the French center-back.
Here are the three reasons why Chelsea should sign Mattjihs de Ligt instead of Jules Kounde:
- Physical presence in defense
Considering the physical nature of the Premier League, it is safe to say that de Ligt will be a better option for Chelsea than Kounde. The Juventus defender has a bigger physique than his Sevilla counterpart.
At 89 kg, de Light weighs more than Kounde, who is 79 kg. This could be considered by the Blues in making a transfer decision.
The Dutch star also has a much better aerial presence in defense as well, as he is at 1.89m. Kounde, on the other hand isn’t the tallest defender, which could be a concern for Chelsea as he is 1.78m in height.
Another key reason as to why de Ligt could be a much better bargain for Chelsea and Tuchel than Kounde is his defensive versatility.The 22-year-old defender is a more versatile player and can operate in almost every position across the back line, unlike Kounde.
However, de Ligt can play as a centre-back, as well as a right and left-centre-back.
De Ligt’s versatility could also present an opportunity for Tuchel to switch to a back-four next season. The Dutch star is well suited for the role as a centre-back and could form a solid partnership with Thiago Silva.
- Leadership attributes
Another quality that de Ligt possesses as a player that could make him a better option for Chelsea than Kounde is his leadership strength.The London club will not only be getting a young and highly-rated defender in de Ligt but also a natural leader who can command their defense.Recall that the 22-year-old Dutch star was the captain of his former club Ajax despite his very young age.
De Ligt has the traits of a leader and could go on to become another ‘John Terry’ at Stamford Bridge. Also considering the future of Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho at present, de Ligt could be a trusted candidate to take up the captain’s armband at Chelsea.