Player Valuation: £70m
Or, given that his legs have gone (the sole and direct reason for his second yellow, for instance),
perhaps last night showed that he can play well in SOME games if he is rested regularly and some thought is given to which games he does and doesn't appear in?
No, that can't be it. He must just be the best CB in the prem.
His best weapon was the last ditch slide tackle and he can't generate enough pace to do it anymore (and often looks like a last ditch stumble). Happened to Vidic too. Has a few other tricks though (still can head the ball out) and could probably be an ideal No3 for another season. For the time being he'll have to learn to defend more like Dustbin on the fly because he still might be a little more reliable back there than Mori.