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- Sep 13, 2011
Can't agree that he's better than Lovren besides he's most comfortable playing at RCB not LCB like VVD. If De Vrij is better than its not by much so not worth spending 25-30m on. Where would we play De Vrij? Is he or Matip just as good on the left side of the central defense? Can Stefan stay healthy for a full season? Can he handle the pace and aggression of the PL? Too many questions in a situation we can't make a mistake with.I would say that De Vrij is most certainly better than Lovren. Problem though is that he's an unknown quantity injury-wise, and has been playing in a league that's not exactly known for it's physical nature. No clue if he'd be able to adapt properly (or if so, how long that'd take), or if he's one clatter away from being finished for another season.
But in fairness to him, he's younger than VVD, about the same height, and has three times the caps for Holland. Wouldn't be as ideal for us, but hardly a binnable player.
We could end up seeing De Vrij on the bench if both Matip and Lovren are fit if only Lovren can play LCB. For me the next one the list should be Koulibaly of Napoli. Jose Gimenez is 3rd but after that we're looking at young guys that aren't ready to beat Lovren to a starting 11 place just yet.