In preseason he seemed to be behind Jones and Rojo as well. That was the particularly strange part.He was offered about 20 or more games a season and that was not enough for him so decided to leave. We did not want to get rid. He would have shared game time with Lindelof and Tuanzebe but apparently thinks he is better then that and probably hopes to get back in to the England squad if he plays more.
It was understandable that Maguire-Lindelof was the combo we were hoping would cement itself as first choice. It was understandable that Tuanzebe coming back was going to be given a shot at cementing himself. But Jones and Rojo? We've been there, done that a number of times before and every single time Smalling ends up back ahead of them. He shouldn't really have to do it yet again.