Chris Smalling was once again in imperious form for Manchester United in defence against West Bromwich Albion.
The English centre-back has been one of Man United’s stand-out performers all season and is starting to show the sort of consistency which only world class players can boast of.
After one or two top performances people started to wonder who this new Smalling was but now that he’s doing it week-in-week-out, fans are slowly starting to realise just how good a defender he can become.
Smalling briefly playing left-wing. Fair to say he's in confident form.
— Paul (@UtdRantcast) November 7, 2015
— André_MUFC (@DretodiWurl) November 7, 2015
— IRERI IRERI (@Ireri_TheOne) November 7, 2015
Whatever Smalling took over the past 18 months. Pls keep taking it. He's absolutely dominant. Top 5 center back in the world right now
— Agent Smoove (@_TheZenMaster) November 7, 2015
Player of the season already for me, is Mike Smalling. Amazing what confidence can do.
— Srinath (@_peews) November 7, 2015
Young, Rojo, Blind and Smalling are playing outstandingly today. Thats my boys! ?
— Nana (@rynamn_) November 7, 2015
Good luck to West Brom trying to stay behind the ball now or getting past Beast Smalling. Game on. Come on #MUFC, go get a second.
— Vin Plakkot (@Iam_vin) November 7, 2015
Who’d have thought that only a year on from his awful red card away to Manchester City that Smalling would be one of the most reliable, consistent and best defenders in the Premier League?
If anything, Smalling’s transformation goes to show that no young player should ever be ruled out too early in their career and long may his good form continue.