Right, for cb.
Armando Izzo - Genoa
Genoa have only conceded 28 goals this year and yet are currently 16th. The team above them has conceded 37, the team below them 41. For me, whilst admittedly they do play 3 cbs, this guy has stood out as a contributory factor.
They actually play him at right back, right wing back and occasionally rcb sometimes, which perhaps evidences that he is comfortable on the ball, if not quite a Riedewald. He's decently quick, he's physically strong, and what I like most about him is that he thinks about what he is doing in physical tussles. Whereas Lovren often dives in like a loon, Izzo seems aware that strikers are likely to flop to the floor and so he applies minimal pressure on them whilst holding ground and trying to reach round.
One potential issues is that because they often (but not always) play with 3 at the back, he sometimes steps out into the gap between the lines to win the ball back, and obviously here (with our 2 cbs) he'd have to be careful managing this.
He's very good on the front foot and very good standing off and letting players' options die out. Essentially he's got very good judgement and reading of a situation.
Overall , not half bad. I couldn't find any match compilations, so here's an oldish video.
Eric Bailly - Villarreal
Been a fan for a while now. He's very very quick and athletic for a cb but also confident enough on the ball not to panic under pressure, despite his occasionally gung ho stance on defending.
On that latter point, he is a tad hotheaded. However I think we can mould it into a passion that we currently lack, and his physical traits are just so impressive for a cb.
Unfortunately very little of him on youtube but as you can see from the number of times he dispossesses Messi and Suarez in the below clip, he's very good 1 v 1 and tall enough to be good in the air.
Izzo is 24 soon and Bailly 22 soon, so good ages to come in and be effective now whilst also developing.
Apologies for the brevity, but I am trying to learn msc finance at the same time.