Chelsea Line-up Move for Terry Replacement

By Joel Turner IN General,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Feb 2nd 2017
 

Top quality central defenders are hard to come by in top-flight football, which is why in recent years they've attracted such huge transfer fees. One such player if Virgil Van Dyk, who sources are hotly linking with a move to Chelsea.

Chelsea's defence has been broadly excellent this season, conceding just six goals in the last ten games and just 16 overall this season.

That said, it is well-known Antonio Conte is keen to strengthen his backline further and has been linked with a raft of top central defenders.

Virgil van Dijk
POS: DEFAGE: 25Y 6M
HEIGHT: 6FT 4INWEIGHT: 14ST 6LB
GAMES
CLEAN
SHEETS
GOALS
15/16
Southampton
38
11
3
16/17
Southampton
30
12
4
TOTAL
68
23
7

Van Dyk has had a very impressive season at Southampton, helping his side to 12 clean sheets and himself to four goals - already outperforming his tally for those stats last season.

Across this season and last his performances are on a par with Gary Cahill's, but it's likely he would actually take Cesar Azpilicueta's spot in the team.

Gary
Cahill
versusVirgil
van Dijk
DEFPOSITIONDEF
31Y 1MAGE25Y 6M
6FT 2INHEIGHT6FT 4IN
13ST 7LBWEIGHT14ST 7LB
 
PL | CHE | | SOU | PL
06/15 - 06/1706/15 - 06/17
44
STARTS
55
4019
MINS
PLAYED
4915
5
GOALS
SCORED
4
H
2
F
3
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
H
2
F
2
1
ASSISTS
15
CLEAN
SHEETS
18
55
GOALS
AGAINST
59
73
MINS PER
GOALS A
83
4
TOTAL
4

At 6' 4" there is no doubt he would offer a greater physical presence than the Spaniard, and at 25 the Netherlands international is entering the peak of his career.

Cost could be a stumbling block, with previous reports suggesting Southampton wanted £50 million for their prized defender.

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