Garth Crooks and Danny Murphy impressed with Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk joined Southampton from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic in the summer transfer window.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has written on BBC Sport that he has been impressed with Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk moved to Premier League outfit Southampton from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic in the summer transfer window.

The Dutchman has already established himself in the Saints’ starting lineup and was superb against Chelsea in the Premier League at the weekend.

The 24-year-old started the game at Stamford Bridge and played for the entire 90 minutes, as Ronald Koeman’s side registered a 3-1 win.

Van Dijk had a pass accuracy of 81%, won 67% of his headers, and made one interception, six clearances and one block.

Former Tottenham forward Crooks was impressed with the performance of the Dutchman against Chelsea and included him in his BBC Premier League Team of the Week.

“The centre-back was absolutely superb against Chelsea and resolute throughout this game,” the Englishman wrote on BBC Sport. “He is proving to be another impressive acquisition by manager Ronald Koeman.”

Former Liverpool defender Danny Murphy has also been impressed with Van Dijk’s performances for Southampton so far this season.

“He has started really well, he looks like he has been there for a long time,” said Murphy on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (October 5).

During his time at Celtic, Van Dijk established himself as the best central defender in the Scottish Premiership.

Many were sceptical when Southampton signed him in the summer, but the Dutchman has proved his doubters wrong so far.

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