Matt Le Tissier gives verdict on Southampton signing Van Dijk from Celtic

Southampton have snapped up defender Virgil van Dijk.

Southampton confirmed on their official website on deadline day that they have signed defender Virgil van Dijk from Celtic.

Van Dijk, 24, joined the Bhoys from Groningen back in 2013, and became one of the stars of Scottish football during his time with Celtic.

The Dutch centre back dominated attackers in Scotland with his power and pace, whilst he also impressed with his ability to bring the ball out from the back and even add goals.

Now, much like his new Southampton team-mates Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama, Van Dijk has left Celtic for a move to the Premier League with the Saints.

Manager Ronald Koeman needed a new centre back after losing Toby Alderweireld to Tottenham earlier this summer, and whilst it took until the dying embers of the transfer window, he did manage to find his new centre back before the deadline.

The move was by far Southampton's biggest of the transfer window, and a lot of pressure is now on Van Dijk to deliver - especially given that former stars in Scotland such as Jean-Alain Boumsong, Alan Hutton, Gary Hooper and Craig Gordon all made the move to England's top flight but failed to live up to expectations.

Southampton legend and Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier took to Twitter after the Van Dijk deal was announced, and whilst there are those concerns over Van Dijk making the transition to the Premier League, Le Tissier was delighted with his arrival.


Manager Koeman will now be looking for Van Dijk to develop, as whilst he has all the athletic qualities, he still needs to improve mentally and positionally - and playing alongside a veteran Premier League star like Jose Fonte should be ideal for his development on the South Coast.

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