There has never been a lot of competition for English RB and there is a bias to selecting players because they come from a team that is already considered a major team in the prem. On top of that we haven't exactly had a great international manager since Johnson has been a regular so he probably gets selected on poor criteria.
Not sure if it's because of the injury, because teams defenses have been very well organised against us so he doesn't have space or because even if he bombs it down we don't really have anyone getting into the box to receive the ball.
Prob the injury though tbh.
If Johnson was pushed up to RM, which I think would be ideal with Bellamy on the left, then Kelly should start...However, I want to see Kelly replace Carragher in the CB role. Coates-Kelly partnership should become the best in Europe. Flannagan looks a menace and will definitely be bidding for starts here in the next 2-3 seasons..Robinson I think too
Kelly's defensive ability gets overstated and going forward he is very average.
Glen for me.
How many goals are you willing to concede to have Johnson's attacking play instead of Kelly's?
Stronger from set pieces with Kelly too.
From set pieces he's much better, he defends crosses better and has much more instinctive reactions in the box when it comes to blocking.
Makes a big difference to our back four but he doesn't have Johnson's technical abilities. He doesn't join in the attack as often but both decent right backs
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