At the same age Van Dijk was being rejected by the big clubs in Holland, who said he was all physicality. He spent 10 years at Willem II who didn't even offer him a contract. He was spotted by Groiningen's, Chief Scout, Martin Koeman (Father of Ronald Koeman) who reccomended him to the Sporting director at his club and cited the player was blessed with physicality and pace, which were very important attributes for a player in the Eredivisie. He then played well for Groningen and even asked the then Sporting director (Hans Nijland) to approach Ajax but Marc Overmars refused to sanction a deal and instead he sanctioned a deal for Utrecht CB, Mike Van den Hoorn.I love the similar player type comparison
Must have been an edit by his agent.
And regards young Nathan Collins, I just hope he lives upto his potential. Because if he does, then he will be a very good CB for both club and country due to his attributes/profile.