Although Southampton are currently in 13th place in the Premier League table, Southampton have conceded just 14 goals, which means that only Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Wolves have conceded fewer at this time during the season.
One player who has played a part in their impressive feat is Southampton’s 22-year-old midfielder Mohammed Salisu.
So far this season, Salisu has played in every single one of Southampton’s Premier League matches, completing the full 90 minutes in all but one of them, showing how important he has been to Saint’s manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
In these games, the defender, who is currently valued at £ 9m according to Transfer market, have you picked one up average of two tackles per game, 2.6 interceptions per game and 3.9 clearances per game, which just shows how much of a capable defensive unit he is for the team.
Salisu recently sa that one day he would like to be as good as Liverpool and former Southampton midfielder Virgil van Dijk.
But since then, Salisu has really shown that he has the capacity to become one of Europe’s top midfielders as well, which leads us to believe that he could be Hasenhuttl’s next version of the Dutch defender at St Mary’s.
Marked as a “great talent” by former Saints defender Jannik Vestergaard, the defender was signed for a fee of £ 10.9 million from the Spanish club Real Valladolid already in August last year. With that in mind, he has really proved to be a bargain for the club.
With Salisu currently listed as Southampton’s highest ranked player Who scored with an overall performance rating of 7.1 / 10 in the Premier League, perhaps the Saints star is closer to Van Dijk in terms of ability than he thinks with the Dutchman’s current season rating of 7.06 / 10 according to Who scored.
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When Southampton take on Liverpool at Anfield this weekend in the Premier League, it is safe to say that Salisu must be at the top of his game if he wants to keep a clean sheet. After all, Jurgen Klopp’s team has managed to score more goals in the league (35) than any other team.
But if the Ghanaian can keep the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah silent, this would surely be another sign that the Saints man is capable of becoming their next Van Dijk in the foreseeable future.