Southampton fans slam Virgil van Dijk after Under-23s appearance

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk made his long-awaited return to action for the Under-23 side on Monday night, but Saints fans weren’t impressed with his performance as the south coast outfit were thrashed 4-0 by Aston Villa at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium.

All eyes were on the Dutchman after he was named in the starting line-up following almost nine months on the sidelines because of injury and his failed attempt to leave the club during the summer, and he certainly showed a lot of rustiness.

The Netherlands international arguably should have done better for the first, second and fourth Villa goals on the night, and he certainly doesn’t look as though he will be considered for a first team return for the trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday based on this showing.

Southampton supporters were quick to have their say on Van Dijk’s showing via social media, and while some described his efforts as an “absolute disgrace”, others feel that the club “can’t trust him” to be committed in Premier League games.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…