Harry Redknapp compares William Saliba to Rio Ferdinand, praising his performance against Manchester City

William Saliba

Harry Redknapp Praises William Saliba as a “Rolls Royce” Defender

Former football manager Harry Redknapp has heaped praise on Arsenal defender William Saliba, describing him as a “Rolls Royce” of a defender. Redknapp was particularly impressed with Saliba’s performance against Manchester City, where he effectively marked Erling Haaland out of the game.

William Saliba

In an interview, Redknapp said, “I thought Saliba was different class against City. He man marked Haaland for a lot of the game, and honestly, the Norwegian barely had a kick. He’s got a bit of everything in his game, he’s what I would call a ‘Rolls-Royce’ of a defender. He actually reminds me a bit of Rio when I had him at West Ham, just a class act”.

Saliba’s Performance and Potential:

Saliba’s performance against Manchester City showcased his defensive abilities and potential. The young French defender effectively neutralized one of the most prolific strikers in world football, earning praise for his composure and defensive awareness.

Redknapp’s comparison to Rio Ferdinand, a legendary English defender, highlights the high regard in which Saliba is held. Like Ferdinand, Saliba possesses a combination of technical skills, physicality, and intelligence that sets him apart as a top-class defender.

Saliba’s Future at Arsenal:

Despite his impressive performance, Saliba’s future at Arsenal has been uncertain. After joining the club in 2019, he spent the past two seasons on loan at Saint-√Čtienne and Nice. However, with his return to Arsenal this season, there were hopes that he would establish himself as a key player in the squad.

Injury Concerns:

Unfortunately, Saliba has faced injury setbacks recently. He withdrew from the France squad for the international break due to a toe injury. However, reports suggest that the issue is not a major concern and that he should be back in action soon, potentially in time for Arsenal’s match against Chelsea.

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