- Aug 26, 2014
I think he's an example of the difference between being genuinely injury prone and simply missing time because of injuries.At the very least it's made the wait for Gomez to get fit far less painful. I'll go back to what I said previously, hopefully he gets through the rest of the season without injury, and if he can do that then he should be retained for at least another season. I think we cut our losses on Lovren though and bring in another CB.
Lovren has developed the sort of issues that are likely to flare up repeatedly as a result of simply doing his job. Matip has had some routine muscular injuries, but a big part of his issue has been a complication of the ankle injury we knew he had when we signed him. If that has now passed, as it appears to, there is little reason to think it will play a role in his future availability. That is less the case with Lovren once he becomes available for selection again.
I think there is some truth in the idea that we cannot have our 3rd and 4th choice be physically unreliable and so at least one needs to be moved on. Of course, if Matip is no longer considered physically unreliable it gives Dejan a little bit of extra cover to deal with his issues. However, if we decide to make a move at CB and bring in someone else, then as much as I like Dejan, I think the seeming difference in their physical reliability would surely have to factor into the decision on what to do with these two.