Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk has earned rave reports for his displays this season, having helped the Saints take a major scalp in the Europa League against Inter Milan and push for further success in the Premier League.
Sat tenth in the table, but only five points off the top-six, Claude Peul’s side have struggled to find regular winning form as they’ve won only three of their 11 matches in the Premier League this season but Van Dijk has been a stand-out star.
His performances earned immense praise from Sky Sports’ trio Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Matt Le Tissier, with the latter suggesting Premier League football is too easy for the former Celtic man.
“I think sometimes, the only thing is that sometimes I think he finds the game too easy and he just occasionally switches off, only because he finds it so easy,”
Merson then predicted a top-club could swoop for Van Dijk’s services next year, predicting the sort of price-tag he believes Van Dijk would go for.
“I’m surprised nobody has come in for him, when Stones has gone for £50m, there you’ve got more of a finished article than Stones. The way things are going, I’d say he’s worth £30m.”
Southampton will face a struggle to keep Van Dijk’s services away from bigger clubs in the division but will look to utilise his ability while they still can, facing a stern test against Premier League leaders Liverpool after the international break.