Yeah agree. At the end of the day though he’s impossible to plan around as a first team player, due to the fact his body is made of paper-mache.I think we need to be careful enough with players like this. We all want change and we all want to get to the next level as fast as possible. Spending our money wisely would be a huge start. We’ve sold quite a few players that would still be first team players/squad players here recently and either haven’t replaced them or havent replaced them with players with much more quality. Herrera, Evans, M Keane, Depay, Jesse on loan, Di Maria, Lukaku and even Zlatan and Dalot would all still have value here with our squad the way it currently is. Pogba is also half way out the door. It’s all well and good moving on players that don’t fit or don’t want to be here but when the club is so slow or ineffective replacing these players it can often be a case of two steps forward and one back. We do currently have way too many players on big money who provide next to nothing in return but Bailly when fit is one of our top 3 centre backs. There aren’t many cheap players out there who are much better, fit more often yes but better probably not.
That said we still have a use for him to call on him for rotation and injury to other players, so he has a use even if limited. It’s about spending wisely as you mentioned.
For these very reasons Smalling would still be a United player if it were down to me. As good as Bailly and better in the air (but injured a lot this season.)