I'm not saying the reaction here after last night hasn't been over the top. It has. But the ability to stay fit and build a central defensive partnership is just as important as actually building it. He's managed to stay, relatively, injury free this year and yes, he has been our best defender. He's still atrocious on the ball though. I do think Bailly is far better, but he's been the one injured this year. Our defensive record has been good this year but having watched the majority of our games, we have rarely looked solid once we come under pressure. In fact we've looked very suspect. Take the Arsenal game for example (and I know it's only one game, but it tells a tale). We won 3-1 away. Conceding 1 away to a top 6 club in a 3-1 win is acceptable. We got 8 shots away, 4 on target. They had 33 with 16 on target. We only conceded 1 goal, but allowing a team 16 shots on target is absolutely criminal. Bottom line for me is, he's been at the club a long time now and isn't a top class central defender. He wouldn't be in any other of the top 6's first 11 bar Liverpool and I reckon I'd start for them. I like him, I like his passion. But I think we need to move on. That's not knee jerk.