Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk further enhanced his bourgeoning reputation as he impressed throughout his side’s 2-0 victory over south coast rivals Bournemouth.
The Dutch international was heavily courted during his time with Scottish champions Celtic, attracting the attentions of a number of Premier League clubs due to his outstanding form.
As it was, Southampton won the race to sign him with Dutch manager Ronald Koeman evidently playing a key role in bringing his fellow countryman to the south coast.
Van Dijk has taken to the rigors of Premier League football like a duck to water and his latest performance against Bournemouth was yet more proof that the defender has what it takes to reach the very top.
|Total Tackle||Interception Won||Effective Clearance||Duel Won||Ball Recovery||Accurate Pass||Mins Played|
|Virgil van Dijk||2||5||3||2||4||56||90|
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Van Dijk contributed greatly in a number of defensive key areas and prevented the Cherries from finding a way back into the match during a bust second period.
The former Groningen man posted two tackles, two defensive duels won, three effective clearances, four ball recoveries and an impressive five interceptions over the course of the 90 minutes.
Van Dijk is more than just a complete defender, he’s also very capable of distributing from the back and the trust placed in him by his teammates can be illustrated by his total of 56 accurate passes.
For the price paid for him, Saints struck a real bargain with Celtic and at the end of the current campaign it would come as no surprise to see him linked with the Premier League’s biggest clubs.