No, I don't think he can do box to box, probably doesn't have the defensive skills for that. A deeper central midfielder role maybe, but not someone to be too actively involved in defending. That said, I haven't really seen much of him in the French league, only in the UCL... he might have played like that on certain occasions, I have no idea
Right. I wouldn't see him as being terribly involved in defending deep either. Understanding that there will be some normal rotation, if our first choice #6/d-mid player is Henderson, then I see either Can or Gini as the box-to-box player and Phil as the attacking mid.
So if Phil is leaving then Lemar might fit here (sharing the role with Lallana), but with Keita coming next season, well it starts to look a little crowded. That's not a complaint, if we can bring in side-improving quality of course we should. Keep in mind Can hasn't signed a deal yet, and while Hendo and Gini were both better yesterday, it's not as if you can't imagine improving on either.
We'll see what the next few days bring, I guess.