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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Saints star Van Dijk 'to get even better'

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk starred at both ends of the pitch against Swansea and boss Ronald Koeman believes he will get even better.

Van Dijk, a £13million deadline-day signing from Celtic, headed Saints' opening goal in Saturday's 3-1 win at St Mary's.

The Dutchman also kept Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis so quiet he was hauled off at half-time, and then did a similar job on substitute Eder in the second half. Koeman said: "One of his qualities is he is a good header of the ball. He is also defensively strong and his personality is important for the team. "He's only 24, it's his first season in the Premier League and he will get better."

Van Dijk was a regular goalscorer for Celtic, hitting the net 15 times in two seasons, and he was thrilled to get off the mark in England. "I'm very pleased," he said. "It's been a dream come true already by playing in the Premier League. But scoring my first goal feels amazing and to get the three points as well makes it even better."

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