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SportResults: Southampton's Greatest Ever Defender

13:20  24 march  2019
13:20  24 march  2019 Source:

Valery form earns defender new Southampton deal

Valery form earns defender new Southampton deal Yan Valery has scored in consecutive Premier League appearances and Southampton have handed the 20-year-old defender a new contract.

Think of the best defenders in Premier League history — John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Van Dijk is all three players rolled into one. Never mind player of the season — if he carries on playing at this level, he has all the attributes to be the Premier League' s greatest ever defender .

But is he the greatest central defender to have played in the Premier League? So, have your say and vote for the central defender you feel has contributed the most to the Premier League Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham MARTIN SAMUEL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Setting aside the result for one moment

Results: Southampton's Greatest Ever Defender © Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Yesterday we asked you, our Read Southampton followers, to vote in a winner stays on-style duel to determine who you think is the club’s greatest defender of all time.

Of course, there were players from the past and present included in the 10-man list but one player stood out from the rest and was the conclusive winner – based on recent events in the footballing world it’s not difficult to guess who he is.

We decided to offer this vote on the back of Yan Valery’s rise to prominence in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans this season, with the 19-year-old not only impressing defensively but also scoring in the last two games.

Those games were against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur no less, so his ability to make an impact in big games can’t be doubted.

However, the 10 players included in this countdown also love/loved a big game too, so let’s crack into it.

Key takeaways from Southampton's loss to Liverpool.
Yes, the Saints once again surrendered a lead in their 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool on Friday night, conceding late to lose another Premier League game, but at no stage did it feel like we threw it away. The performance was brave and sincere and they gave the league-leaders a good run for their money. With a bit more quality upfront – something that is sure to be addressed in the off season – Saints could have buried Liverpool in the first 20 mins. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg bossed the midfield and there were strong performances from Yan Valery, Jannick Vestergaard and Oriel Romeu in support.

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