In a short answer – no. I don’t think he ever did enough to cement his place in the side, and he was quite defensively – a shame, being a defender and everything!
For me, Rat was too much of a marauder and not enough of a solid defender. He did look good going forward and had some lovely crosses on him, but this meant that all too often he was left out of position and could not track back fast enough. He also seemed quite clueless when opposition crosses came in, often losing his man extremely easily.
Although he was our number one onesie model and seemed like a really nice guy, I was also annoyed that when things were looking bleak and we had a spell in the relegation zone, he promptly announced that if we did go down he would definitely leave. To me, I would prefer to have players that are focussed on getting the club to a safe position and out of trouble rather than accepting that relegation was an option!
George McCartney has, for me, been a bit of an unsung hero in recent games, and I think that we have been relatively solid at the back for a while now – without Rat. I don’t think we’ll miss him, as we also have Pablo Armero if we do get injuries. What do you think? Were we right to terminate Rat’s contract, or will we miss him? Leave a comment or tweet me at @alwaysintune.