In his own words: I’m a strong, physical central defender with qualities on the ball. Hoedt joined hometown club AZ Alkmaar at the age of 11 and progressed through the club’s academy to make his senior debut in a UEFA Europa League match against PAOK in December 2013. He established himself in the first-team squad the following season and made 24 league appearances, scoring twice. The defender agreed to join Lazio on a free transfer in the summer of 2015 and featured regularly in Serie A over 24 starts. The Dutchman found it difficult to break into the XI at the start of last season, but was a regular during the second half of the campaign, scoring two goals in 23 league outings. Hoedt represented Holland at U20 and U21 levels, making 10 appearances, before making his senior debut against Bulgaria in 2017. He won his six caps in that season always as a starter. Hoedt has the ability to switch play with accurate long diagonal passes and is strong in the tackle and aerially a force to be reckoned with hopefully like Porteous which will make us a threat at attacking set pieces and less likey to concede from opposition corners. His career has stalled from a troubled time at Southampton to a fall out at Anderlecht but if he can regain his form and return to the progression he was showing at Lazio we could have at last a CB pairing, Hoedt on the left Porteous on the right who do not treat the ball like a grenade about to explode and show leadership. We will need both FBs to be aware of the need to cover them as they are not the quickest and a more mobile midfield too.