Matthijs de Ligt

When Bayern Munich acquired Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, the primary objective was to bring in a defender who could provide leadership and stability on the backline.

One added bonus to acquiring De Ligt is that he has surprisingly good offensive ability, particularly on set pieces. A big target in the box, De Ligt figures to be a weapon that Bayern Munich looks to utilize to the fullest extent this season.

“I think I should (score goals) with my aerial ability and my jumping. You saw the goal I scored against (D.C. United) I was really active in the box and making myself free, that’s something I like,” De Ligt told ESPN FC (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia).

De Ligt’s goal against D.C. United was a great example of the touch and skill that De Ligt can bring to the table. Without Niklas Süle’s big body as a target in 2022/23, De Ligt can fill a valuable role to the squad’s offensive arsenal.

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