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Southampton: Fans laud impact of Jannik Vestergaard after recent international performances

Southampton: Fans laud impact of Jannik Vestergaard after recent international performances - Southampton News

A number of Southampton fans have been suggesting that Jannik Vestergaard is having a major impact for both the Saints and his native Denmark so far this campaign.

The Saints have not had a genuine top-quality centre-back to call upon since Virgil van Dijk’s departure to Liverpool. The Dutchman was outstanding at Southampton and averaged 6.8 clearances, 2.6 interceptions and 1.9 tackles per game in his final full season at St Mary’s in 2016/17 (via Sofascore). He has since gone onto lift the Champions League and Premier League titles.

Vestergaard started the first two Premier League games of the season on the bench, although he did come on at half-time with the Saints trailing at Crystal Palace on the opening day. However, the 28-year-old has since come back into the side and started to add a reliable presence in the back four (via TransferMarkt).

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Since the defeat to Tottenham last month, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have not conceded a single goal and recorded back-to-back clean sheets in wins at Burnley and at home to West Brom. Vestergaard has contributed massively to that improvement, averaging 6.7 clearances and winning 83% of his duels so far this season, as per Sofascore.

The commanding 6 foot 6 (1.99m) centre-back has taken his club form onto the international stage over the last week, playing the full game as Denmark beat the Faroe Islands 4-0. He also came off the bench for the final 15 minutes in their 1-0 win against England in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday, as per TransferMarkt.

Helping his national team record back-to-back clean sheets now means that the defender has played more than 300 minutes of football this season without conceding a goal. Many Saints fans were keen to highlight that fact on social media and heap praise on Vestergaard’s recent development.

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