Top 10 - British Centre-Backs

02 Mar 2021 16:52:25
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Top 10 - British Centre-Backs

1.) 02 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 17:22:36
Thanks for that Ed, very interesting read.

I was surprised not to see Ben White on the list (or even an honorable mention) . What's your view of him? What are the shortcomings that keep him off the list?

{Ed001's Note - he has been playing in midfield and right-back for large chunks of the season. When they have both played in defence together, Webster has looked a far better centre-back.}

2.) 02 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 17:59:30
Unusually, i'd disagree with ye there on a lot of that list!

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3.) 02 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 19:12:22
Thanks Ed. Given the restrictions of Home Grown rules and our need for a CB, plus our (relative) shortage of cash, would you pick one of those for Liverpool to go for, and if so, who do you think would have the best chance of fitting how we play (other than Joe Gomez, obvs! )?

I haven't seen anywhere near as much of these guys as you, but I definitely wouldn't go Coady despite the nostalgia - too slow and better suited to a back 3. I'd also discount Stones, Holding and Evans as I can't see City, Arsenal or Leicester selling to us (even if we wanted them) . Tompkins is too old and very slow, and jack O'Connell seemed quite slow in our last game (just based on one game, though) . I also can't see us going for Ben Mee because of age and resale - he's going to be 32 next season.

So that leaves Konsa and Webster. It's a tough call, but I would probably go for Konsa (if he's affordable and Villa are amenable) as he's a couple of years younger. However, I think he would be costly given the way he's settled in at Villa.

What would your choice be?

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4.) 02 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 19:28:23
Not as much who'd i have in as what order on the list they'd be although to be honest Tompkins would not have been in my top 10.i'd have had Stones (not this season MOTD fever) and Gomez a lot higher up the list, Konsa aswell maybe. but like you say, all about opinions.

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5.) 02 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 19:49:00
He's made mistakes at City but playing at City under Pep does leave the centre halves open to the odd error, especially for a talented young Englishman trying to live up to the countrys hype of making him the next Bobby Moore.

6.) 02 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 19:30:20
Nice read, Ed. Not sure if Ben Mee would make my list cos I think he has stagnated a bit at Burnley. I would happily swap Godfrey for Mee. I do love your choice of Konsa. The kid is the real deal and Mings is not a patch on him cos his talent and ability is there for all to see, IMO. One to watch for the future, that Konsa fellow.

As for Stones, I agree with you. He simply cannot play in an open style system where CB’s are left on their own. He is a poor one v one defender, lacks concentration and position ally suspect. Hence, why he has thrived in a more defensive setup after Pep tweaked the system and brought in Dias. All in all, great list.

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7.) 02 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 20:22:20
People do realise the "kid" Konsa is only 5 months younger than Gomez don't they?

8.) 02 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 20:34:33
I never thought Johnny would have been no1 as am reading it but yeah when you think about it he’s been an outstanding signing. The villa lad look a great prospect.
Good read eds👍🏻.

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9.) 02 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 20:48:13
Godfrey is the one that got away. He would have made a massive difference to our squad.

10.) 03 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 22:09:18
Maguire should get on the list though. They are second in the league and he is there go to cb. I am not saying high on the list but somewhere on it.

11.) 03 Mar 2021
02 Mar 2021 23:40:53
An honourable mention from me to Liam Cooper as well Ed.

I’m not saying he should be in the top 10, but when you consider he’s gone from Chesterfield to Leeds and played under some awful “old school” managers at the club, to where he is now as captain of a revolutionary Bielsa team sitting in mid table and not looking completely out of his depth, I felt he was worth a mention!

Does he make mistakes? Absolutely, but then who wouldn’t make the odd mistake as a CB in a Bielsa team?

Great list though Ed. I agree Konza does look a really good player.

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12.) 03 Mar 2021
03 Mar 2021 19:41:45
JH, I am old enuff to be Gomez’s and Konsa’s dad hence, they are both kids compared to me.