- Nov 25, 2017
I agree many write about Smalling in an unfair way and also with a very disrespectful tone. And the lumping together with Jones is totally unnecessary. Personally I see Smalling as very capable player, but wrong type for the team. If Lindelof, Tuanzebe and Maguire is the way to go, only the future can tell, but I can see how they have features that Smalling doesn't have. Goes both ways of course.I dont have any. I just hate when people speak with pure hypocrisy.
Smalling is gone for the season and we'll have to make do with what we have for the forthcoming season, whether that means Lindelof improves again after a slow start like both his other seasons here (high probability), or Tuanzebe takes this chance with both hands and shows he has more to offer overall than Lindelof has. If neither happens, or we have an injury then thats when this might turn out to be a mistake.
However to make out like our most dependable CB during his time here got a free pass on any mistakes he made, the same week Lindelof made a mistake at the back would be revealing if it wasnt already known that he was talking rubbish.
More often than not Smalling was blamed for not making up for other people's mistakes - usually a RB. Or lumped in with Jones who truly does have a history of being injured too much and making costly mistakes. Smalling got fitter and was our 1 CB who didnt make mistakes often. That didn't make him an amazing player, just one we could rely on to actually defend well even when people around him didnt.
So to be clear - I don't hate Lindelof or any player. I just don't rate him as a defender above the average curve of a CB in a top 6 club. He does less defending and has less speed and strength to his game than most of them. So far I'd think of him just below Jonny Evans because Evans had a better season than Lindelof has managed so far, but obviously Evans was around longer so maybe in time he'll be the same level and have that good season. But that level isnt extremely high for a CB, its just okay and good enough to get by for a season or two but with some problems along the way.
And I believe now that the whipping boys are no longer there to be blamed, Lindelof is going to face more accountability which is what I've already insisted on giving him. Obviously its best for me to be completely wrong and Lindelof improves his speed, power, becomes a harder working CB who is solid in the air and who's comfort on the ball actually makes a difference in matches and wins us points regularly. I'd love to be wrong and laughed at if thats the case. But thus far I dont see it. If I do see the change in him that suggests to me that can happen I will point it out though.
Why is it best for me? Because I want to see the team do well and being a winning team I can be proud of. I care about that much more than whether some posters on the internet agree with me or not.
Maybe you don't think about it yourself, but you come out as someone who hates Lindelof. You have been posting absurd amounts about one lost aerial. Something that happens in every game and in this case everybody who have played the game blame Maguire. And no matter whose fault, you come out way over the top when it comes to Lindelof, with emotions that at least can be mistaken for hate. Could be a reaction because you feel Smalling is not appreciated enough, I don't know.