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Chris Smalling 2016-17 Performances

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36 Appearances
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  1. Jul 15, 2016
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    After his excellent breakout season, could we see Chris Smalling progress even further as a CB? He has managed to truly hone in on his biggest strengths as a player: physically matching most forwards in the league and acting as near enough the only defensive head when it came to dealing with aerial crosses.

    Admittedly not without faults; this sense of his true strength and pace has - at times - made his defending innately lazy, hitting a plateau and relying too much on his recovery pace or overexerting in a physical duel because he thinks he can easily get the better of an opponent that way. I think Mourinho will fix this aspect from his game, hopefully he starts with the dreaded Skrtel-shoves and rely far less on Smalling to play on the ball, which will no doubt improve his ability as a defender.

    #CaptainChrisPlusOne
  2. Jul 15, 2016
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    reddevilzZ New Member

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    He is already a beast of a CB and doesnt makes as much mistakes as the most praised and experienced ones like Pique. He should mentor Tuanzbe and Williams and Johnes should afraid of those two kids .
  3. Jul 15, 2016
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    2cents Full Member

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    I like him but given our other central defensive options, his apparent lack of leadership and ball-playing skills are a big problem for us that need to be remedied with a new signing IMO.
  4. Jul 15, 2016
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    m1y2 Banned

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    I think there's no way he could not improve under someone like Mourinho.. the question is who will be his partner?
  5. Jul 15, 2016
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    a_devil_inside Big footed hermaphrodite

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    He needs to cut out grabbing the opponents shirts every time. But other than that I don't see why he can't get better.
  6. Jul 15, 2016
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    ryan cook New Member

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    He is a great centre back. No doubt our best.
  7. Jul 15, 2016
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    FC Ronaldo Posts stuff that's been said before in tweet form

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    You misspelled Mike in the thread title
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    Stobzilla Official Team Perv

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    Breakout half a season.

    He was Average to Poor after the Wolfsberg away game. Still can't pass nor does he seem to know how to position himself to receive one.
  9. Jul 28, 2016
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    worldinmotion66 Full Member

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    Worryingly nervous in possession but he's our best pure defender for sure. Should be better in a Mourinho system with a quicker transition from back to front as there will be much less pressure.

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  10. Aug 3, 2016
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    vanrooney Full Member

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    How long is he injured?
  11. Aug 5, 2016
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    OldTrevil Full Member

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    He returns this Sunday according to physioroom, not sure how accurate they are on return dates but the injury is minor by that estimate.
  12. Aug 5, 2016
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    kr0nix Full Member

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    Smalling isn't a top tier center half, but he's still our best defender despite the significant weaknesses in his game. He tends to rely on his physical gifts to win possession, which is fair enough, but a lack of confidence in possession and on his weaker foot, plus a propensity to grab shirts goes against him. He's also not enough of a threat at corner kicks despite getting good opportunities on many occasions.
    He's a far cry from Vidic and Rio, but still good enough to be considered one of the best in the premier league. If only he had half of Blind's technique and tactical nous, he'd be some player...
  13. Aug 7, 2016
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    Devil may care Full Member

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    In his post match interview when talking about Bailly he mentioned how well he'd done even without Smalling there yet, and then quickly gave Blind some credit, but I think it will be as most expected, Bailly and Smalling will be our main CB partnership this season.
  14. Aug 8, 2016
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    Loublaze ATLien

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    I saw that. He didn't even have to mention Smalling and it speaks volumes that he was on his mind
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    Amar__ Not so Full Member

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    Yep, seemed clear to me from that that he rates Smalling as our first choice.
  16. Aug 8, 2016
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    Chaky_Best Full Member

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    Do you think that Smalling will play against B'mouth ?

    He didn't played a single minute in pre season if I'm correct so maybe we go for Bailly and Blind are they are both fit ?
  17. Aug 8, 2016
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    Skills Snitch

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    Hes banned for it anyway I think. Sent off in the FA Cup final
  18. Aug 8, 2016
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    Chaky_Best Full Member

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    Thought his game 'off' was this one against Leicester...
  19. Aug 8, 2016
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    unplayable New Member

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    No, unfortunately not.
  20. Aug 8, 2016
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    kps88 Full Member

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    Wonder what happens once he's back. Do we drop Blind or Bailey? Or does Smalling remain on the bench? I know I'll sound like LVG here, but I've really come to appreciate having a left footed CB comfortable at passing the ball forward in Blind.
  21. Aug 8, 2016
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    flappyjay Full Member

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    Its a difficult one for Mourinho but I think Blind will be selected against teams that park the bus and we might see Mike and Eric against the more physical sides
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    Escobar Poster originally known as Michel04

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    He will need time and games. Can see him play for the reserves first.
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    buckooo1978 Full Member

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    What was his injury?

    If he hasn't kicked a ball since the Euros I think he will need a few weeks before returning to the first team
  24. Aug 17, 2016
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    luke511 New Member

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    If anyone's doubting whether Smalling should be brought back into the team or not need to give this a watch. Him and Bailly, along with Blind, are gonna be immense for us this season.

  25. Aug 18, 2016
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    wiz4231 Full Member

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    Don't bother trying to convince the caf, they've made their minds up for now until 1 of the fecks up then they'll be here wanting him back in the squad and claiming he's the best out and out defender in the world.
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    Ballache Full Member

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    Sounds about right :lol:
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    Walters_19_MuFc Full Member

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    Most articles expect him to start, but I can't imagine Mourinho will put him straight back in, especially as Blind and Bailly have looked pretty good so far. We should eventually ease him back in, though.
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Good to see him back today. Blind and Bailly have been great, but I still think we're a bit suspect as an entire backline with aerial balls. Pogba, Fellaini and even Zlatan compensate for that from set-pieces, but in terms of general crosses I'm glad we'll have Smalling back in there soon.
  29. Aug 19, 2016
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    Skills Snitch

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    Looks like he's lost weight
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Getting leaner to compete with the other physical freaks we have at the back for fastest defender.
  31. Aug 19, 2016
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    ::sonny:: Full Member

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    Lost his place
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    Rossa Full Member

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    I think Bailly may actually be faster, but not sure. Valencia and Shaw are speed freaks. Truly the most athletic defensive lineup I've seen. Not one of them will be beaten by pace. Smalling has shown a clean pair of heels to the likes of Willian and Ribery.

    Don't think he has lost his place, but he needs to earn it,which is good because Blind has been good.
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    Adam-Utd Part of first caf team to complete Destiny raid

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    The only thing that worries me is he and Bailly both look much more comfortable on the right hand side.

    Blind plays the left CB really well, so smalling might need to adapt.
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    Rossa Full Member

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    Bailly is very two footed. Won't be a problem at all.
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    Sylar Full Member

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    I wouldnt start him whilst Baily and Blind are playing like this. He needs to earn his place back when given a chance.
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    The Mitcher connoisseur of pot noodles and sandwiches

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    Why would it be an issue? We never had this issue about left footed and right footed defenders until van Gaal came.
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    Jacob Full Member

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    People have short memories. Smalling is a beast. My only concern is that both him and Bailly are aggressive and ball-oriented. We need one CB that can think strategically and cover up behind the other centre half that likes to stray and intercept.
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    surf Full Member

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    The centre of defence looked a bit vulnerable today and Mike is the strongest defender we've got so bringing him in would solidify things. Not sure which of the two he would come in for, but expect Mourinho to do it sooner rather than later.
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    Loublaze ATLien

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    He's definitely coming back in when fully fit. Blind has impressed Mourinho but I don't think he sees him as a permanent starter. Smalling is tall and great in the air. Two things Mourinho loves in his DMs and CBs (fullbacks as well)
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    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

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    Thats the thing though. Baillly and Blind look a very good partnership, while Smalling is similar to Bailly without being anywhere as good on the ball. Bailly and Smalling together could yet turn into a good partnership, but he will need to fight to het in the side ahead of these two.
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