Fulham came away with a point in their first Premier League game of the season as a result of a 2-2 draw against Champions League finalists Liverpool.
The Cottagers took the lead on two occasions only to be pegged back by Jurgen Klopp’s side, ultimately ending with both teams sharing the points.
Using this match as an example, it’s easy to see why the west London club have looked to strengthen their defence by not only signing Shane Duffy on a season-long loan deal, but also with a reported deal for Issa Diop now looking likely.
Should Marco Silva feel the need to add even more strength and depth to that area of his squad, one figure they were said to have made an offer for last week is Leicester City centre-back Jannik Vestergaard.
If Fulham are able to bring the Foxes figure to the club, this could give Silva the chance to form what could be a formidable defensive duo at the back between Vestergaard and Duffy.
Having only played in ten league games last season, the 30-year-old still managed to show off his defensive talent by racking up more clearances (41) than the majority of other players in Leicester’s squad.
Similarly with Duffy, in the 18 league games he play for Brighton last season, he made 91 clearances in total, leaving only two other Seagulls players with more.
This shows how dominant the duo are in the air as they both adopt a classic no-nonsense approach to the defensive side of the game. It also suggests that a partnership between them could cause problems for any side trying to score or defend a corner, for example.
Hailed for his “outstanding” performances in the past by Alan Shearer, Vestergaard was not included in the squad for Leicester’s recent league game against Brentford.
Having fumbled a 2-0 lead to eventually draw 2-2 with the Bees, it seems as though the Midlands club could have done with having him in the team.
If the 6 foot 5 centre-back isn’t likely to be a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season, Fulham should do all they can to bring him to Craven Cottage and partner him alongside Duffy at the back.
Should the club end up signing the giant defender, he and Duffy certainly have the defensive credentials to give the Cottagers a good chance of avoiding getting relegated back to the Championship.