Southampton 1 – Huddersfield Town 1
It was another brilliant weekend for Huddersfield. And another excellent away performance in the Premier League.
The Terriers picked up a precious point at St Mary’s on Saturday as they begin to find their feet on road trips.
A 1-1 draw at Southampton followed last weekend’s 4-1 win at Watford.
This time Huddersfield had to come from behind. Charlie Austin fired the Saints ahead, but the in-form Laurent Depoitre found a leveler ten minutes later.
The result left Huddersfield in 11th and Southampton in 13th.
— VOOsport (@VOOsport) December 23, 2017
Virgil Van Dijk continues to be dropped
For the second weekend running, Virgil Van Dijk was dropped for Southampton.
Last weekend the Saints were beaten 1-0 at Chelsea. A solitary goal from Marcos Alonso handed Antonio Conte’s men all three points.
Mauricio Pellegrino cited fitness and fatigue concerns for the specific reason why VVD missed the Chelsea game.
But Pellegrino also opened up about Van Dijk’s wider future at St Mary’s.
While the Southampton manager has made it clear he wants Van Dijk to remain at the club, he confirmed that decision isn’t up to him.
So why was Van Dijk missing against Huddersfield?
This weekend Pellegrino has claimed the defender was out for tactical reasons.
That’s an even bigger red flag that Van Dijk’s Southampton future may finally be coming to an end.
Pellegrino confirms the absence of Virgil van Dijk today was tactical. The #SaintsFC centre-back was available for selection.
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 23, 2017
Liverpool & Man City
VVD was linked with a possible move to either Liverpool or Man City in the summer.
And a few months later, both Liverpool and Man City remain likely suitors for the Dutch international.
As shown in the 3-3 draw at Arsenal on Friday night, Jurgen Klopp’s side need a good defender.
Pep Guardiola also knows that Vincent Kompany is no longer a real option for City due to his chronic injury issues.