I wanted to start this discussion really, because well firstly the man himself has finally been called up to a match day squad for the first time in over a year.
I cannot pretend to know much about him, I didn’t really see him play for Sevilla, so has anyone seen him play, how did he get on etc? I had a quick look at his highlights on YouTube, he doesn’t look the quickest or most mobile of Centre Backs, but he did seem to have a good reading of the game, and seemed to pick off balls with his timing and pre movement so he didn’t get beaten for pace. He also seemed to live an aerial dual, often winning headers.
I just cannot work out quite why he was left out in the cold for so long. Pictures I have seen he didn’t exactly seem huge, and in his Rennes days he wasn’t exactly a slim guy anyway, so why was his weight highlighted as such an issue? Was it purely down to the incident in the Liverpool game? I don’t even really know what caused him to have such a reaction, certainly he was way over the top for what went before it, but to leave him out of the squad for 15 months.
I would love to know what really went on in that situation, and whether Lope is willing to give him another chance to prove himself, or whether him being in the squad today is purely to make up the numbers in the squad. I guess time will tell.