Yeah, totally agree.I've no problem with him being sent on loan to aid his development considering his stop start nature of the season previous. It should have been sorted in the summer window rather than the winter window, but what's done is done.
Like I said in my post, it's how he's treated when he comes back that concerns me. If Arteta is true to his word, sees him long term as a mainstay in our defence & integrates him in I'll be happy. If that was all waffle & he continues to overlook him then I'll have issues. There's no way, with the football Arteta wants to play, passing out from the back, & I assume longer term a bit of a higher line, that we have a defender more suited than Saliba for that role, despite his inexperience.
We are still panic merchants when playing out from the back, & this lad looks so in control, so calm & assured. Sometimes having that 1 player in there like that & can really stabilise a full defence, & this lad looks like he could do that.
Seems like he's not bothering pressuring/contesting duels and is basically challenging attackers to get past him. He hasn't been dribbled past this season right?wow, interesting how Saliba's play has changed over his 3 seasons in Ligue 1. It would seem he's playing a VERY particular role at Nice, cos those are some odd stats? Elite at some things, not even doing other things.
Isn’t that how Van Dijk plays?Seems like he's not bothering pressuring/contesting duels and is basically challenging attackers to get past him. He hasn't been dribbled past this season right?
I would usually be a bit worried but then you look at him physically and see that if he did decide to go for aerial duels he'd have no problems anyway.
Yep VVD just remains super composed and I think that in combination with people knowing how strong/quick he is just puts attackers off.Isn’t that how Van Dijk plays?
Gabriel seems the type who goes for everything so on paper they should be a solid pairing, if Saliba ever plays for us that is.
Yep VVD just remains super composed and I think that in combination with people knowing how strong/quick he is just puts attackers off.
Amount of times I see attackers not even bother dribbling at him.
Seems like Saliba has the same reputation in France, barely seems to actually make tackles either.
Just ask yourself how Rob Holding would be doing at Nice. Better than Saliba? Not in a million years. Arteta has some sort of weird agenda against him. It will be interesting to see how his level of accountability evolves now Stan's real plan has gone tits up. Might have to get a proper manager with eyesight.I don't get how one of the best defenders in France can be raw. Not ready for PL football okay yes, but raw?? I don't get it.