The 24-year-old said: “I know it’s an ambitious club. They are trying to play football and that’s something that really attracted me. I think it’s the right time for my development. I’m still quite young, 24, and still have a lot to learn. For me now, to get the opportunity to play in the Premier League, is unbelievable.”
Van Dijk spent much of the summer in the transfer window due to his impressive rise to prominence whilst playing with Celtic.
He established himself as arguably the best defender in the Scottish Premiership, and although he occasionally looked out of his depth in European competitions, a move to the Premier League was expected to come about this summer.
He finally completed a switch to the South Coast of England, and although it took until deadline day to get the deal over the line, the Saints are now in possession of a player with real potential.
He fulfils the role of ball-playing defender that Southampton have built their footballing philosophy on, and as a goalscoring centre-back he could truly prosper under the management of Ronald Koeman.
Van Dijk has admitted that it was this footballing philosophy that Southampton have shown which attracted him to a move to St Mary’s Stadium, and it appears as if both club are player are a perfect match for one another.