He was genuinely one of the best in his position in the league when fit.
No, on occasions maybe but you only have to look back through this thread and you’ll see a lot of the time people are saying he’s good enough for 3rd/4th choice and was a toss up between him and Lovren. I literally just flicked to a few random pages and 2019 it was people saying he’s behind Gomez, 2017 he was behind Klavan etc.
He’s had times where he’s been in good form and been rightly praised for it and that includes by me just as much as anyone else but he’s never looked good enough to really cement himself as a first choice for us on a consistent basis.
Maybe he could’ve gone on to establish himself as that a couple of years ago but he could never stay injury free long enough. Last season was the best he’s been with injuries and we were far from solid at the back - but to be fair that extends to the entire back line.
Unfortunately like Gomez and like what IMO appears to be happening to Virgil, he’s suffered one big injury too many.
IMO, the timing is right for him to go in the summer.