Oh and reading that again just made me think.. they could be having the exact same conversation on their boards about Kompany and you could parallel all the same back and forthYea but the points total isn't a reflection of any one specific part of the team.
That's like them saying they finished above us, so Van Dijk can't be much of an upgrade on Kompany...
"yea our defence is so dire that we only won the domestic treble and are stupidly unlucky not to be in the cl final"
"Van Dijk is so much better than Vince that we only conceded a goal more in a 38 game season"
I mean they're all valid points if you imply that any one basic fact must automatically validate a point.
But it doesn't.
Van Dijk clearly is a big improvement on Kompany, and that fact isn't diminished or disproved by the basic results which were achieved by the team as a whole.
In many ways its the physical reverse of my point about our midfield...
Their control of possession, especially from leading positions, mitigates a lot of the shortcomings of Kompany as a defender. Whereas our stupidly solid centre half mitigates a lot of the shortcomings in our midfield.
Less so since fabinho though, who, for me, could be as good as it gets in that role. Great signing.