Speaking on the BBC Match of the Day Top 10 Podcast, Gary Lineker has been making the case for Trent Alexander-Arnold playing in the midfield.
Lineker was speaking on a podcast where he and his fellow pundits were tasked with ranking the top 10 greatest full-backs in Premier League history, and somewhat unsurprisingly, Alexander-Arnold made the grade.
However, despite the fact he was on this list for his exploits at full-back, Lineker still claims that he wants to see the 23-year-old playing in midfield.
What’s been said?
Lineker was speaking about Alexander-Arnold and the fact he seemingly isn’t the first-choice right-back for England.
“There are a lot of great right-backs at the moment, and I know Klopp rubbished it recently saying why would you play the best right-back in world football in the midfield, but I’ve been arguing that I would play him in the midfield because I want to see him in the England team. He used to be a midfielder and he only ended up at right-back by accident, his passing range is extraordinary,” Lineker said.
“Andrea Pirlo said, he was critical, he said that the only thing England are missing is a player like Pirlo funnily enough, but I think he could be that, because he can pass from both ways in the middle of the pitch, I might be wrong, but it was interesting to see Gareth try it, and he was good.”
What’s the point?
Could Alexander-Arnold play in the midfield? Of course he could, but what is the point?
The lad is 23 years old and he’s already making the Match of the Day list of the top 10 full-backs of all time.
He’s absolutely amazing at what he does, and as the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Yes, he could be England’s answer to Andrea Pirlo, but who’s to say in years to come that Italy won’t be looking for their own version of Trent Alexander-Arnold.