He may be able to play at RB, my point was more that he isn’t seen as an option at RB for us. He is probably, just about, seen as a LB option. That has been the case with him for a long time. He doesn’t seem to be in any sort of consideration as a RB here. He’s been in the squad a year, and it isn’t like he’s swapped back and forth between both. It would be like me continuing to talk up Fosu-Mensah’s future here as a midfielder, based on me saying ‘trust me, it’s his most natural position’. Maybe it is, maybe it was when he wad 14, but he’s not considered there by Ole, and no point continually mentioning it as his role.He’s a natural right foot full back, of course he is both right and left back. Similar to Phil Neville plays both right and left. He was used as right back against Istanbul and remember he was originally right back converted to left back because Laird plays right back while we probably didn’t have a left back in academy.
Development is not just based on 6 months. Players develop within years!
You need to start somewhere, getting 6 months on loan of football is the next step after last season, and then if the manager still thinks he’s not ready yet then he can go on loan again. The guy is still 20 ffs. You are making it sounds like he is already above 23 and has only 6 months left in his development. How do you know he will likely barely get a kick at Southampton and Leverkusen?
6 months isn’t forever, no. But when he returns, he will still have two senior established players ahead of him. They aren’t 34 either.
And my prediction of him not playing much at the clubs he has been linked with is only a prediction, and largely based upon my opinion that he’s not good enough to play for those clubs either.