Ex-Blues defender gives verdict on Chelsea’s defensive target who doesn’t have pace

Matthijs de Ligt
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The football world is changing, and the game isn’t like it was before.

Style of play have evolved, and much more quality is expected from a player no matter the playing position.

Chelsea have been linked with some defenders this summer, and the Blues are expected to sign at least two centre-backs this summer.

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with a move to Chelsea, and the reports are getting stronger with each day.

Chelsea target De Ligt possesses many qualities, but pace isn’t one of them.

Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf, has backed Chelsea target De Ligt to do well if he signs up for Chelsea.

Leboeuf doesn’t think De Ligt’s lack of pace should be a cause for concern for Chelsea.

Asked if he had concerns over the pace of Matthijs de Ligt playing alongside Thiago Silva at the heart of the team’s defence, Leboeuf told ESPN: “It’s a fact.

“But they have other qualities. De Ligt was struggling at first at Juventus, but he showed [his quality] when playing for Ajax. He [also] showed last season that he is capable of dealing with any striker.

“With the experience of Thiago Silva, with the help of Edouard Mendy and with N’Golo Kante in front of him, I am sure he can sort any problems out.”