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SportResults: Southampton's Greatest Ever Defender

13:20  24 march  2019
13:20  24 march  2019 Source:   readsport.co

Jan Bednarek chomping at the bit to face Harry Kane

Jan Bednarek chomping at the bit to face Harry Kane Jan Bednarek has revealed his mindset ahead of facing Harry Kane when Southampton host Tottenham Hotspur at St. Mary’s this afternoon. Kane returned for Spurs after a lengthy injury lay-off last weekend in a 2-1 defeat at Burnley but looked sharp and Bednarek, along with his defensive partners, are set to have their work cut out for them. Speaking to the Southampton Daily Echo, the 22-year-old insisted he’s focusing on his own game, rather than focusing on the tricky afternoon Kane should provide. “I don’t think you have to focus on the fact that you are playing Harry Kane because that’s not the right way.

Is he really Southampton ’ s greatest EVER defender ? I’m not sure I’d agree. However, he’s the biggest star the club have had in their ranks in recent years and is set to go onto huge things in European football.

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 . Even then he seemed the ideal partner for Vincent Kompany at Manchester City but he instead took a longer road to the top, joining Southampton .

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.

Palace in talks to sign Tottenham defender Okedina.
Crystal Palace have held talks over a potential deal to sign Tottenham defender Jubril Okedina in the summer. According to All Nigeria Soccer, via HITC, Palace are one of a number of clubs to have held talks with the defender. Okedina is out of contract at the end of the season, which means he would be available to sign on a free transfer – with a potential tribunal fee. The report claims that Tottenham are not prepared to offer him a new contract, which has attracted the attention of a host of clubs in England. Ipswich and Swansea are the other two clubs said to be interested in the young defender.

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