- West Ham United talent Tunji Akinola has admitted he is trying to take bits of Virgil van Dijk's game and put them into his own.
- Akinola is yet to make his first-team debut but he has captained the team's U23 side and is a promising talent.
- He admits that Van Dijk is the best defender in the world now.
- Akinola adds that he also watches other defenders such as Sergio Ramos and Giorgio Chiellini to improve his game.
Virgil van Dijk is so good, that young defenders are now looking up to him and trying to model their game after him.
Speaking to West Ham's official website, academy player Tunji Akinola said that he believes Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in the world right now, and he watches him to understand defending better.
"I appreciate all the defenders who are at the top now and any player who plays in the Premier League, Champions League or in any of the top leagues - you can learn off all of them.
"Virgil van Dijk is obviously at the top right now and I do watch him a lot!"
Cannavaro recently admitted that he thinks Van Dijk was unfortunate to not win the Ballon d'Or last year.
Akinola is just the latest player to come out and praise the Dutch defender's greatness, but there are few greater compliments in sports than upcoming talents admitting they learn the game better when they watch clips of you.