Welcome to the official thread for the new season.
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Date of birth: 22 November 1989 Place of birth: Greenwich, London, England Position: Defender
Stats correct as of the start of the 2013/14 season:
Man Utd Appearances: 88 Man Utd Goals: 3
England Caps: 6 England Goals: 0
Only 5 years ago Chris Smalling was playing non-league football for Maidstone United having been released by Millwall's academy. He was spotted by Fulham where he joined in 2008/09 and showed enormous promise, so much so that United bought him in 2010 allowing him to finish that season on loan with Fulham before officially joining up with United in the 2010/11 pre-season. His rapid rise continued when he made his senior England debut in 2011.
Standing at 6ft 4inches, it is no surprise that in the air Smalling is rarely beaten but he also show a remarkable turn of pace for someone so tall. Capable of playing at right-back, there is no doubt that his best position is centre-back and it is where his future lies.
He has been beset by injuries during his tenure at United and this may be a make or break season for him in many respects since he has been overtaken by Phil Jones in the CB pecking order and is now probably 5th choice CB.
He is a defender with all the tools to become a world-class operator if he can stay injury free. Learning from the likes of Rio and Vidic will clearly help his development and I hope he can continue growing this season. I see him and Jones as a future United and England central defence partnership if both of them get game time together in that position.
And you? What do you think of Smalling? Can he make his way back up the pecking order?