Originally Posted by monarco
re: Lahm and van der Wiel
I feel picking any fullback this early (Lahm even was the first defender picked) is simply bad.
I think fullbacks are the least important position; the best argument i can give for this opinion is that it's harder for fullbacks to be the best player on their team than anyone else. If they are really good offensively why arent they used as wingers so they are closer to goal and dont have to expend as much energy on defense? If they are great defensively why are they not centerbacks/defensive midfielders?
Modern fullback requires a different skillset than CB/DM. CB's are physically bigger and not as mobile. DM's are better passers but usually slow as well.
Fullbacks provide width and necessary two-way play for most modern teams. Lahm is the best fullback in this and has great synergy with Robben.
Van der Wiel is spew because he's not that special and there are better fullbacks available.