Versatility and depth
Of course, the beauty of Daley Blind is that he’s a jack of all trades, capable of playing in a multitude of positions.
At the World Cup, he featured at left-wing back for the Netherlands, but he’s by no means a specialist to that role. Last season for example, as viewable below, he was utilised at left-back, left midfield, centre-back and central midfield by Ajax, producing consistent performances in all departments:
This is the signing Manchester United’s squad desperately needed. The strike-force is as strong as ever but glaring holes persist in both defence and midfield.
The 24 year-old offers height, strength, stamina and is well-schooled technically – what else would you expect from an Ajax academy product – making him perfect for a back three, whilst also providing cover for Luke Shaw, having established his credentials as a No.3 at Brazil 2014
But he’s equally strong as a holding midfielder – that role in Ajax’s first team saw him claim the Amsterdam outfit’s Player of the Year award last term.