Within the world of modern day Premier League football – where money arguably remains the most powerful element currently circulating within the English top-flight – Southampton have sadly proven largely unable to hold onto their most exciting players with every passing season, regardless of the ongoing sense of positivity surrounding St. Mary’s.
The likes of Liverpool and Manchester United seemingly find themselves circling around the Saints like presumably starved vultures, each and every time the widely debated transfer window breaks open for Premier League clubs to begin their annual dealings. Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne are just some of the high profile names to leave St. Mary’s for arguably greater challenges in recent seasons, and the Saints fans have simply been forced to put up – or shut up.
So, although Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk has certainly excelled among the English top-flight thus far with the Saints, is it simply a matter of time before the in-form Netherlands international is firmly plucked away from his current employers down on the South coast – and eventually propelled to the supposedly bigger and better heights among the upper echelons of the league table?
I genuinely think Van Dijk is one of the best centre backs in the premiership. He's got every attribute you'd want in a centre half.
— TW (@TomWheeler1) November 27, 2016
Southampton willing to let go Van dijk for 50mil in Jan. Chelsea should snap him up. He is class.
— Mr.BlueGuy (@ItsMrBlueGuy) November 29, 2016
The most logical answer would probably be, yes. Whilst Virgil van Dijk has indeed presented himself in a rather commendable light since first joining Southampton in the summer of 2015 – ultimately proving one of the most consistently impressive top-flight defenders to ply his trade among the Premier League in that time – several high flying English clubs are reportedly ready to challenge for the Dutchman’s signature this coming January, including Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.
When it comes to dominating opposing strikers from an aerial point of view, proving relatively tough in the tackle whenever his no-nonsense services are eventually called upon – as well as simply keeping calm and composed almost each and every time he steps out on the pitch for Claude Puel’s side – this is one player who has certainly failed to disappoint all that much throughout the ongoing 2016/17 domestic campaign thus far.
Virgil van Dijk would therefore prove a rather exciting asset for many title challenging Premier League sides this term. With the likes of Gary Cahill and John Stones clearly struggling to hold down their very best form for both Chelsea and Manchester City respectively of late – perhaps the bosses behind the scenes at St. Mary’s should already be bracing themselves for a high amount of interest in van Dijk sooner rather than later.
As Jose Mourinho is apparently ready to tempt fellow Southampton centre-back, Jose Fonte, over to Manchester United this approaching January, it seems as if Virgil van Dijk’s proposed exit from the Saints is all but ready to see itself develop in the not too distant future – even if the upcoming January transfer window may indeed arrive a little too soon for such a harsh eventuality to ultimately take place.