- Jul 4, 2018
Eh, we straight up disagree then. I think he was fine this year, decent centre back but I'd have him nowhere near one of our best players of the season. I don't even think he was better than Vertonghen.Arguably our best and most consistent player outside of Son and Sissoko, I'd say he's had a great season - obviously he was down compared to his previous seasons he was still one of our best players this year so for me he's been great, I mean I don't remember any major errors or many lapses in concentration but considering a lot of players have been below par this year he's done well.
I think despite him not signing a new contract he's remained professional, could have downed tools but seemed to have won the trust of Poch which is saying something as he normally doesn't have time for players who aren't fully commited.
Then again, aside from Sissoko and Son I really don't think many of our players had great individual seasons anyway. I'd have Kane above Toby still (was still our top scorer/joint top scorer in CL) despite his injuries but yeah, a bunch of players under performed imo. So possibly Toby was up there with the most consistent performers but I still don't think he was outstanding.
Honestly I think Poch has trusted him because he has little choice. Foyth has been a walking time bomb and Sanchez's development has really stalled at the club, Toby despite possibly wanting out is clearly the best option other than Vert and Pochettino with the lack of transfers hasn't had too many options. He's obviously too good to just rot on the bench/reserves, and whilst I'm happy he's been a professional it does look like he wants out for his payday, and that being the case I'm happy for that to happen. I wouldn't want the club to be bullied in to an inflated contract for him at all.
But yeah, he's been good, I guess I'm just trying to say I wouldn't be overly bothered by his departure. I'm actually more disappointed by Sanchez not really stepping up this season, because after his first year at the club I had really high hopes that we had landed one of the best young centre backs around, but if anything he's declined since that.