Saliba tipped to be new VVD

Former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson compared William Salbia to Virgil van Dijk and praised the centre-back’s start to the season.

He said on Sky Sports News’ Soccer Saturday: “Virgil is the best around, I think he’s magnificent.

“But what Saliba has done this year – he’s like a new signing.

“Yes, we never saw him in an Arsenal shirt before this season, but Mikel Arteta has given a young player an opportunity and hasn’t he grabbed it with both hands. Wow.

“He has to do it consistently for a lot of years to get to Virgil van Dijk’s level. He’s had the opportunity, doing it at a big football club, top of the league, winning seven games and only losing to Manchester United.”

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