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13 Jul 2019 23:21:31
I would really worry if we don't sign any defenders. Smalling and Jones, although did not have much to do looked disaster waiting to happen. Jones was caught out of position couple of times. Even though he managed to recover, he will be punished by other top strikers. Smalling was piss poor constantly struggling to contain Perth's striker. Always seemed to grope the player and was particularly unclean while clearing aerial balls. One through ball and Smalling will have no idea what to do. With VAR coming through, he will be a penalty machine. Really hope the club are going well on the market for CB.

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14 Jul 2019 00:35:31
Smalling can't play next season with VAR coming in, he’ll give away a penalty a game with his constant shirt pulling and grabbing :/.

14 Jul 2019 08:54:22
ITS PRE SEASON! This was the first game of amany designed for players to get fit and sharp. Some will do it quicker than others, some will take longer. There seems to be am obsession on here to slag players off, I know many posters are knee jerk negative doom mongers but can everyone give it a break. Sorry Srestha, not singling you out. It's been a range of posters for a while now.

The abuse heaped on Ashley Youmg for example is awful, like it or not our last 2 Managers seemed to like him. Get over it, particularly as we also now have AWB.

14 Jul 2019 09:02:06
Hyperbole i bet he doesn't give 3 pens away all season.
Im no Smalling fan but people have to stop talking crap.
Chillini most hands on defender on the world have no prem away last year for grappling.

14 Jul 2019 09:43:34

First it will be preseason then after it will be first game of the season. We cannot continue defending mediocre players. Smalling will be playing same crap even after 25 games bcoz he is average at best and it was even more clear yesterday considering we were playing sunday league team.


If VAR is there and Smalling does not change, i am willing to bet that he will get more than 3 pens. Chiellini is one of the finest defenders and comparing him to Smalling is injustice.

14 Jul 2019 09:58:08
I’m in the minority but I like Mike. He’s an excellent defender but for me he has 2 very obvious weaknesses. He can’t pass to save his life so he’s never going to bring the ball out, and he has a mistake in him. He can be having a great game and then switch off costing us a goal. I realise that’s a pretty serious flaw but there’s a good player in there.

14 Jul 2019 10:26:34
Yeah AJH. He will be my 3rd choice CB.
He is better than Rojo and Jones.

14 Jul 2019 13:04:25

I don't think he is an excellent defender and certainly has got more than two flaws. He is weak in passing, cannot help himself in pressure, cannot cope well with through balls, constantly gropes opposition, cannot command the defense and is still not good enough aerially considering his height. He would be my fourth choice behind Lindelof, new signing and fit Bailly.

14 Jul 2019 13:47:06
Smalling is an excellent squad player, and does a good job against very physical strikers. He played very well through much of last season and kept Bailly and Rojo out of the team.

Agree with ajh. The constant vitriol aimed at some of our players is ridiculous. We have all be guilty of it at times, but there comes a point when the fans needs to bring a more positive air to the club.

The toxic environment is not a good place for young players to develop.

If Tuanzebe is staying, being better than Smalling is a good marker for a young CB coming through. We are not going to dispose of 15 players from the first team squad! I would prefer to see Jones and Rojo leave first.

14 Jul 2019 13:29:43
Smalling is our second best CB currently. Now that might not be saying much, but he is a decent player. Yes he has his weaknesses, as do all players (my 10 year old nephew could probably win a header against Messi) .

This year Lindelof and a new signing should be first choice. But Smalling is next in line, Bailly then Tuanzebe for me. With Jones and Rojo needing to be moved on.

14 Jul 2019 14:47:14
Srestha, people see what they see. My wider point was the continual negativity we are seeing on here, day after day people complaining about why we haven’t signed x, why aren’t we going after y, so and so is crap and so on. It’s depressing.

14 Jul 2019 19:04:31
Smalling is a good squad player not very dynamic not foot perfect but we have 3 worse and less reliable than him.
Sure we need a new cb to partner lindelof.
Dias, milinkovic KK, are all higher risk than maguire imo for what we need next season.
Maguire also not flawless also not foot perfect put he is bringing attributes our defence lack also.
Of course the fee is mental but no less mental than 60m or 100m for a player that never played here before. It took lindelof 18 months to settle bailly still hasn't who says dias will settle quickly in a new league new surroundings new language and culture?
Harry has his flaws sure. But who doesn't?
Timing is everything. He is joining us at exactly the right time to maximise his opportunity.



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