I was doing a bit of profound thinking (on the bog, obviously) and I wondered if we'd seen Heitinga and Jagielka play together at centre back this season?
If so, how did they do?
I'm not for one second suggesting this should be the pairing we employ as I think Distin has done a more than reasonable job there all season ? but the old fella's not getting any younger and with our policy of not being able to afford anyone at all, added to the fact Yobo's probably played his last game for Everton, is this a feasible partnership for the future?
Mike Dillon, Posted 27/02/2011 at 08:56:31
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1 Posted 27/02/2011 at 14:22:11
Distin has been our best centre-half this season though and has stayed injury free so therefore he doesn't deserve to loose his place. Jagielka, to me, hasn't recovered fully since his long-term injury although there were signs in the last 2 games he could be close to his best.
Heitinga, for me, has done well in the 6/7 games (Bolton away excluded) he has started alongside Distin since the turn of 2011 but he quite clearly has a sulk on him and appears very arrogant.
In my opinion, you need 4 centre halfs in your 1st team squad and I was actually disappointed to loose Yobo ? I felt Yobo would not start for us but an experienced Nigerian international such as Yobo would be a more than useful squad player when we have injuries and 2 games in a week (such as the Xmas period when we had to deploy Hibbert at centre half).
With 4 games in the next 13 days (assuming we dont have any Reading hiccups) it wouldn't surprise me to see a couple of changes in the centre-half pairings just to keep things fresh. Although, if Fellaini is injured, then you would probably expect Heitinga to play in midfield.
2 Posted 27/02/2011 at 18:08:52
3 Posted 27/02/2011 at 18:18:32
Problem is we only have three centre backs and every team has at least that many....our squad is really bare bones and we MUST hang on to all the good players who WANT to play for us long term.
4 Posted 27/02/2011 at 19:30:23
5 Posted 27/02/2011 at 19:59:15
6 Posted 27/02/2011 at 22:12:08
7 Posted 28/02/2011 at 02:58:49
8 Posted 28/02/2011 at 09:00:31
Also, he thinks he's a hard man but ducks out of tackles. Plus he doesn't defend in a 'polished' way like Lescott used to, or in a 'commanding' way like Distin, or even a 'dogged' way like Jags; he's constantly holding play and scrapping... quite simply he's decent but ain't great.
9 Posted 28/02/2011 at 09:21:38
10 Posted 28/02/2011 at 11:47:24
People say he's a World Cup finalist centre back, but to be fair, who else do Holland have? He plays with Mathijsen who's a good player for Hamburg, but I even think Ooijer was in that squad (remember the oldish guy from Blackburn?!)
I think we could sell for him for around £8 million. We can see someone younger and hungrier for less than that, and concentrate the rest on another target or contribute to the debts.
Selling Jagielka is nuts! He's a far better defender than Heitinga. Him against Sunderland and Gyan (who is quality by the way) shows how good he is. Just been unlucky with injuries and hasn't been consistent enough, if we believe Mr Moyes.
11 Posted 28/02/2011 at 13:50:35
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