Saints new boys pick up awards at end of season bash

Virgil Van Dijk and Cuco Martina both picked up awards at the Southampton player awards on Wednesday night after a successful opening campaign

Saints new boys pick up awards at end of season bash
Van Dijk bagged two awards (photo: Southampton FC)

The 15/16 Season Southampton FC awards took place earlier this week, and summer signings Virgil Van Dijk and Cuco Martina walked away with three awards between them.

Van Dijk won both the players’ player and the fans’ player awards after a fantastic debut campaign on the South-Coast.

Van Dijk has had a fantastic season

The Dutch international joined the Saints from Celtic last summer for a fee of around £13million and has been a priceless asset in Ronald Koeman’s sides’ defence.

The 24-year-old has built a fantastic partnership with club captain, Jose Fonte and along the way scored three Premier League goals in 33 appearances.

It has been quite a week for Van Dijk who also signed a six-year contract extension keeping him at the club until 2022, which is bound to put most Saints fans at ease.

Van Dijk celebrates a goal (photo: Getty Images)
Van Dijk celebrates a goal (photo: Getty Images)

Martina with goal of the season

Cuco Martina won the goal of the season award, following his stunning strike in the Saints' 4-0 win over Arsenal on Boxing Day.

The versatile defender became the first Curacaoan to score in the Premier League- his ‘Trivela’-style goal from 35 yards put the Saints 1-0 up, back in December.

Koeman signed the Curacao international from Dutch side, FC Twente last summer as backup for Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares.

However, the 26-year-old has arguably proven himself to be more reliable defensively than Cedric without possessing the attacking ability of the Portuguese international.

Martina’s most recent game came in the 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday and the defender impressed again, playing the full 90 minutes and dealing superbly with the threat of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose.

The Saints host Crystal Palace at St Mary’s in their final game of the season this Saturday and have already matched last season's 60 points tally.

A win would put Southampton in a fantastic position for Europa League football next season and could see them finish as high as sixth depending on other results.