Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore suggested on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Saturday evening (January 23) that he is not convinced by Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
“If you are looking to move Southampton seriously onto the next level, you are probably looking at centre-halves next season.”
It seems that Collymore believes that for Southampton to move onto the next level, they need to sign central defenders who are better than Van Dijk.
Van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic in the summer of 2015 with a very strong reputation.
The 24-year-old had established himself as the best centre-back in the Scottish Premiership and has not done too badly at Southampton so far.
The Netherlands international has scored two goals and created five chances in 19 Premier League appearances for the Saints so far this campaign.
Van Dijk has a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 43%, and has won 90 headers, 11 dribbles and 28 tackles.
Southampton are eighth in the Premier League table at the moment with 33 points from 23 matches, nine points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.