The point is not that he isn't good enough, the point is that they're all very young CB's and need all the minutes they can get currently. And that adjusting to EPL is tough for anyone.Yeah but he's already featured heavily in Ligue 1.
Last season it was 6 months, sure, but he pretty much played every single minute. Transfermarkt has him down for 20 games at OGC Nice appearing for 1800 minutes (so he didn't actually miss a minute), that's a hell of a lot.
But I know you'll argue that a "full season" means so much more but I don't agree; he's already proven enough in Ligue 1 imo.
As for your first paragraph, I mean surely it'll be similar next season, infact by then presumably Gabriel & White would already be established which might make it harder for Saliba to get in so I don't really understand that argument.
Anyway, at this point I'm truly done with arguing about Saliba, I mean when you've got Wenger making comments like this (credit to American_Gooner for originally linking it):
And you're still not convinced then fair enough I don't think anything anyone will say will change your mind.
But you aren't going to convince me that we have not royally mismanaged this player.
It won't be harder for Saliba because like he has done this season, his quality shows clearly and he has got enough experience from a full season. Then we can sell Holding and Mari, while Tomiyasu is our 4th backup CB + RB, not even needing a fifth likely.
To another poster, Mari is our 4th/5th choice CB who will hopefully get very few minutes. I don't want Saliba to play few minutes, but almost all this season.