Weird how we see things differently.
I think VVD has been the weak link in the centre in last two games. Clearly only c.60% healthy.
Joel can be ungainly but I think he’s played well.
It's fashionable to gripe about certain players but give others a free pass.
VVD has been pretty poor since his illness.
No surprise when you found out he lost 4 kilo's from a frame that was hardly fat.
In many ways, I think an illness that causes such dramatic weight loss is worse than a physical injury, because it can take a while to put that weight back on, and get back to as strong as he was before.
Matip has done pretty well.
He's usually where he needs to be, he defends a high line well, he doesn't get "done" very often, and he has the guile to take a yellow to stop an attack before it gets going.
Sure, he's not in the same class as VVD when both are fully fit and firing, but then who is.