Originally Posted by JaredL
The same Real Madrid caveat applies to him though. He would be better and maybe considered world class on a team like Inter.
I won't claim to be neutral but there are two Sevilla center backs I'd have ahead of Pepe. The main thing I wonder about is how important his strengths really are to the position. IMO they aren't important enough to overcome his shortcomings and have him as one of the best at the position.
Very good points.
But just two Sevilla center backs?
I really like three there but no they didn't make it (quite a few Sevilla players have though)... There are just so many central defenders around that level but without anything really extraordinary about them...something I made a must from that position. It's close in a lot of cases though.
But you may very well be right about Pepe. I think part of it with someone like Pepe is also how I just refuse to accept something that doesn't really make sense.
Because I do think that he quite possibly is the most gifted central defender when it comes to athleticism and technical ability, at least the combination he has there, why does he have to suck then? I refuse to accept it almost. And absolutely it raises an interesting point on how much those two things matter to a central defender compared to other things they have to do well.
But it should at least be something, when you're that gifted in those areas, which lays an excellent foundation for the rest of the game to come along. And come along at a very high level.