- Aug 26, 2014
Perfectly said. He wins so many balls before the forward has had the chance to receive it that you cannot call him a back foot defender. He is very proactive, but he's also a great decision maker. If he cant win it he then steps off and makes the forward beat him, which they can't. The only downside is it takes a second or two longer to win the ball back that way.Van Dijk...afraid? Does not compute.
*cricket analogy alert* Watching Van Dijk defend is a bit like watching a great batsman play spin bowling. He's either on the front foot or on the back, no in between. He will go and win the ball if it's there to be won but if it's not he'll back himself to be able to match the opponent for pace or he'll drop off to cover a run. The likes of Maguire and Lovren will go all in all the time because they can't deal with players running at them, Van Dijk, as well as Gomez, are totally confident when left 1v1.