Despite having ‘one of the best defenders in the world’ among their ranks, it wasn’t Dejan Lovren who impressed for Croatia in the World Cup. Rather, it was his lesser-known partner Domagoj Vida who consistently showed throughout the tournament that he deserved his place in a World Cup final.
The 29-year-old centre-back only signed for Besiktas in January but has struggled to settle at the Turkish club, making only seven starts since his move. However, the no-nonsense defender has proved his worth at the World Cup and he has consequently been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite conceding four goals against France in the World Cup final, Vida still looked like a rock in defence and he could do very little about the goals.
The hardman showed why he is as much of an asset going forward as he is in defence by assisting Ivan Perisic’s equaliser in the first half, adding to the goal he scored against Russia in the Quarter Finals.
He was also solid at the back despite the scoreline, registering four tackles and two aerial battles won, and enjoyed an impressive passing success rate of 92 per cent.
If Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld does leave White Hart Lane this summer as many expect, Daniel Levy could do much worse than looking at the old-fashioned defender who is valued at £10.8million on Transfermarkt.