- Jun 15, 2002
I think Dav is your nailed on Romero backup at this point. He doesn't have nearly the passing awareness and full-on eccentricity, but he (maybe to a much lesser extent Tanganga who hasn't figured out how to do it yet without just fouling) is the only one who can replicate at least some of the aggressive pressing up front-foot defending Romero does.Agreed re Davies and the backline being good enough. Getting better players and depth across MF and better depth should be enough. Lenglet is much better than Dav or Japh with his feet, and that alone probably makes him a better rotation option. I hope Dav gets moved for his sake, as I still think there's a quality CB in there. Rodon and Japh also need to be moved, but ultimately 1/3 last year's backups will remain even with Lenglet in the fold.
WRT Dier, the other thing that's helped him immensely is defending in a deeper block. Dier's biggest weakness is still his awareness, especially directly behind him. Having less space to worry about in behind has done wonders for him.