Posted 22 May 2009 - 02:34
While Neville is in his element in that position, we have noone else bar Rodwell to cover it. While Rodwell is going to be a great player, I don't think he's ready for week in, week out football at the top level, and with Neville in his early 30's and our luck with injuries, I think a defense mid is still pretty high on everyone's lists. After all, Pip can fill in the RB position if we get a better DM in, and if we just have cover in someone not as effective, we can at least trust Moyes would get someone with more experience than rodwell, who could at least prove a suitable replacement if Neville was unavailable.
That being said I agree there haven't been a lot of cases when he has been unavailable and due to Hibbert and probably Jacobsen being at hand for RB, Nev will probably remain a starting fixture at DM. It took us a while to get used to not having Carsley, and we played for a good few games without anyone taking up that holding midfield mantle, but since Yobo's injury and our strongest defence (Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines) coming to light, Neville flourished in the role. So it is 50/50, but at the same time, we need strength in depth, and having another DM certainly wouldn't hurt.