England U21s finished their miserable UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign with a 3-3 draw against Croatia, leaving Aidy Boothroyd with even more questions to answer.
Boothroyd has come under heavy fire throughout the tournament for his team selections, with the former Watford manager leaving Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka out of his last two despite the 21-year-old’s stunning form in the Premier League last season.
Yes, of course, Wan-Bissaka did not have the greatest of games against France, with Boothroyd believing all the speculation surrounding his future has been on his mind.
“All he knows is Crystal Palace’s academy and Crystal Palace [and] I think it would be daft not to say in some way that he must think about it,” the England U21 boss was quoted as saying by Sky Sports after that 2-1 defeat to Sylvain Ripoll’s side.
Even so, you cannot help but feel that Boothroyd’s treatment of Wan-Bissaka since then has still been pretty harsh.
Following that costly own goal, it was undoubtedly a disappointing night for the right-back. However, in that game against the French, he was still able to make six tackles, more than any other player in that fixture (as per WhoScored).
Going on to concede another seven goals in their next two fixtures against Romania and Croatia, England could have done with that sort of defensive ability in the backline.
And that ability to win the ball back was not a one off. Let us not forget that Wan-Bissaka averaged 3.7 tackles per game in the Premier League last season. To put that into perspective, only Wilfred Ndidi (3.8) and Idrissa Gueye (4.3) averaged more (also per WhoScored).
Sorry, Boothroyd, but you have got this one wrong.
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