Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016
- Oct 31, 2012
Big Chris is the gawd
With the point of staying as the CCB, not only does it make more sense for his aerial superiority, but he also is put in far less awkward angles if he's playing on the right side, and that gives him more confidence to actually play with the ball as we saw tonight.Surely LVG can develop him to the next level, like he did with Vlaar at the world cup. Our best defender today, should stay in the middle of the back 3.
I've always felt that he has the natural instinct to be the best of the three. Evans and Jones are better with the ball, but I think Smalling has a knack that's something which is harder to teach. I really hope he can stay fit this season and gets games in the right position, I'm pretty sure Van Gaal isn't an idiot and won't be playing him as a right backMy gut feeling is that he will become the best player of the Jones, Evans, Smalling trio.
I did have a look around before I posted, sir. But I obviously missed the fact someone had already started a new thread for him.Make the effort to look around before posting, please.
Agreed, he had a sort of "I got this" approach anytime there was a need to take charge of the back-line and that allowed the younger two to settle into their game.Yup. Keane and Blackett had good games and they were definitely helped by Smalling's confidence and composure back there.
Me too. If van Gaal brings in Hummels (long shot) then Evans and Smalling would definitely be the other 2 CBs whenever we'd play with 3 at the back. If not, then he and Evans should play with each other as much as possible.Yes as he wasn't the next in line seniority-wise. Really looking forward to seeing how he does with a full season as a CB.