Despite being club captain, defensive praise often falls on the shoulders of Virgil Van Dijk, who is much more of a “modern” centre-back. He can bring the ball out of the back-four, is decent with it at his feet and can score goals too.
But the scrapper of the pairing is definitely Jose Fonte, who has been at the heart of the defence throughout the whole of Southampton’s rise through the divisions.
He stayed at the club this summer despite reported interest from Manchester United and our landlord thinks that he’s a player that should really get more credit than he does.
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