Discussion in 'Player Performances Forum' started by Decotron, Aug 1, 2011.
The new Martin Buchan....
Of course, experience is the key. Rio and Vidic came together at a great time, they had experience already and built up a great partnership with Vidic dominating aerially and Rio sweeping up. I think Smalling can dominate aerially and Jonny can sweep up but obviously in regards to Smalling he's very inexperienced, he was only playing non-league a few years ago! Also Smalling could very easily assume Rio's role but it'd be a waste of his aerial presence. Also I think Jones will mature in a superb eventually. Exciting times.
Manchester United legend Pat Crerand hails Jonny Evans
My only concern with smalling is that at times he has some silvestresque moments - he does not attack the ball enough. (vidic is best at it and jones next imo.)
Otherwise he s a complete defender, though i expect him to use his height better and score more goals.
We have a defender with his superb ability, and he is only 24. I'd say at least 10 more years of him and he'll most likely get even better.
He's brilliant isn't he? The best thing about him is the way he's now become very composed on the ball and never seems rushed in what he's going to do with it. It says enough that he's keeping someone with Smallings quality on the bench.
What I like is that he has become very calm. Before, he was too much hussling around and all over the place, then conceding stupid fouls. Nowadays, he's at the right place at the right time, and he has become very complete (strong, good in the air, good with the ball, good reader)
He has come through leaps and bounds this season. His reading of the game from the back is very much spot on and love the way he brings the ball out of defence.
SAF: “Jonny came to us from Belfast when he was 12 or 13, always exceptionally talented but gangly with physical issues growing up.
“We had him out on loan with Antwerp and Sunderland and now we are seeing the value of nurturing him.
“There is no doubt he has been helped playing alongside the experience of Rio and he is now arguably the best defender in the country.”
Evans is turning out be one hell of a complete center half.
Best in the league currently?
One of the best. Let's stop with labeling everyone who's playing well as the best.
Making my fantasy team a lot of points
He's absolutely fantastic.
Immense again. I like the fact that he's so confident in his (and the team's) ability to defend that he feels safe to go on these forward runs.
You say that as if it's a few games, he's been fantastic all season.
Another great game from Jonny today.
So happy seeing him fulfill his potential after that blip.
But he has been fantastic all season.
Why can't he be labeled the best?
I say that as if I see that label on someone everyday on the caf. Why would I say he's one of the best if it were only a few games?
So great to see how he's come on this season. Last season there were times when I worried as to whether he'd get over his nervousness and make it at the club, but he's completely proved me wrong.
Stepped up in Vidic's absence to a level beyond what any of us could have hoped for.
I thought his passing was very sloppy in the first half, but that play for Nani's goal was brilliant by Evans.
Round of applause for Jonny!
That pass through to Nani at the end was magnificent!
Nice assist for the last goal aswell.
Was an excellent prospect.. is in great form..
As good as you can expect a young defender to be... Love his forward runs.. He has added that to his game this season.. brilliant.
Because it's not necessarily a logical progression.
You can have an excellent season but not be "the best". Now if he replicates this sort of form next season then he can be regarded as amongst the best.
As it stands, he's a very talented young centre-half who's beginning to realise the potential that most saw in him when he first got into the team.
Showed some good attacking skills and composure
Sir said so today's programme, apparently.
And again I said "currently".
And apparently SAF has said the same today, so go tell him he is wrong too.
plays like a sweeper these days.
wont compare him to Baresi....
What a pass to Nani that was. Beautiful. Really has stepped up big time this season. One of the best if not the best defender in the league atm.
He was absolutely joy-us to watch today. Fantastic footballer, love him
Initially I thought it was Berbatov that had made that pass...
This is how good he has become
I'd like to take credit, I slagged him off earlier in te season against Chelsea and since then he's been immense
Biggest compliment you can give him is that we're not missing Vidic.
Personally I always knew he was this good. He was very unfairly scapegoated at times last season, and particularly after the City game this season.
He's a class centre half, always had the ability, just needed to show it consistently. Has been superb this season, and as has been said, has stepped in for the best centre half in the country and hasn't looked out of place.
Another thing too, plenty thought Smalling and Jones were going to be our centreback pairing for years to come, they're going to have to play superbly well to dislodge Evans. I'd suggest when everyone is fit and well it's going to be very hard to leave Evans out.
It's joy to watch Evans-Rio partnership. Picked up nice assist too.
Still got some mates who refuse to accept that Evans has become an excellent player, at least the media are finally giving him some praise. He's got so much to his game right now, I'm genuinely wondering what will happen when Vidic is back.
his ability of bringing the ball out of the defense is almost as good as rio at his peak.
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