As much as I love Mogga, you can’t compare him to Southgate. During Mowbray’s one season in the top flight with us, he was found wanting.
I thought that was you at a 1970s retro party mate.My avatar says it all, simply the best.
Although I loved watching Maddren and Boam play, and with me also stating that Maddren is our best ever central defender, that partnership of Maddren and Boam wasn't a patch on Ugo and Southgate. I just seem to remember that Ugo was injured a lot and broke the pairing up.Maddren could sign autographs whilst keeping a clean sheet. So classy. Boam was an important part of that partnership too.
Although I loved watching Maddren and Boam play, and with me also stating that Maddren is our best ever central defender, that partnership of Maddren and Boam wasn't a patch on Ugo and Southgate. I just seem to remember that Ugo was injured a lot and broke the pairing up.
We've been blessed with some great players at the Boro.
He only did it for one season for us though. Lost form and left only a few months into the next. The player that returned under Mogga was a totally different proposition.Surprised at the lack of mentions for Woodgate, some of the best individual performances at centre half I've seen in a boro shirt, pocketing some top drawer players and generally just making it look easy.
Keeping him and Huth fit and playing for a season would have had us up in the top half of the league.
If only, nowadays it feels like I’ve got more lines on my forehead than Willie’s shirt has in total across the shouldersI thought that was you at a 1970s retro party mate.
Woodgate was that good he got Wheater an England call up!!!!!In terms of pure ability I’d go for Woodgate.
I was telling my son about Woodgate's performance at the Emirates the other day. I'd never seen anyone have Henry in their back pocket like that before. Previously I'd always wondered how he'd made it to Real Madrid etc but after watching that performance it all made sense. Nothing got past him and I couldn't believe how quick he was.Woodgate's performance against Arsenal away at our first visit to the Emirates is probably one of the greatest individual performances I've seen from a Boro defender live. It was a class away day that.
But in terms of longevity it's hard to look past Southgate.
Agree, Ehiogu was also immense at times but I do believe Southgate made him look better than he was. Ehiogu always looked much better alongside Southgate. I loved Ugo though. RIP x
Also going to throw Huth's name in the mix who was also excellent at times but lacked consistency and hampered by injuries. On his day he was brilliant at both ends of the pitch.
Completely agree.Woody was very talented and he was awesome for us at the Emirates, but I’ve never bought into the idea that he was so much better than Ferdinand/Campbell/Terry/King/Southgate/Ehiogu etc that he’d have otherwise had 100 caps. It’s a very abstract argument in my view.
Don Revie called him up when he became England manager, apparently thought he could be the replacement for Bobby Moore, he rated Wille that highly. It was only when he saw first hand the state of his knee he realised he could not rely on him long term. He never got called up again. His knee injury robbed him of a glittering career, he was finished at 27yo.5 Un 23 caps and was called up to the senior team but never made an appearance.