What about 24 year old defenders though?
I like him and his attitude has been great but I think we need to look at the bigger picture and what standard we have at CB nornally.
For me he's done a great job and id be happy enough for him to be here as 5th CB in a list but no more.
but to me it would be massively unfair to him, who has proven he can play at this level, and bar another injury-filled year, he would never see the field except maybe FA/Carabao cup games. If the decision is he's 5th best, for he personally it would be better off if we sold him to a promoted team where he could get more regular playing time.
Then you have Kabak who has also done well. If Nat is 5th, does that mean Kabak is 6th? Then he becomes an academy/U23 player, and we are all seeing he too belongs in this league.
CB is going to be a dilemma this summer.