I was asked by vinnie to say a little about skriniar.
First of all, the main thing I want to avoid with inter, is another Rannochia situation. Rannochia showed a lot of potentials, and I mean, ALOT, at a time he was even dubbed the next nesta. He was a beautiful ball winner, brilliant at gracefully plucking the ball away from opponents, inspite of his lumbering frame. His problem was, and is, his lack of coordination in working with his team-mates.
There was a 6 month period or so when Rannochia was in absolute god mode, I think it was with mazzari in a back 3? Anyway, it was a display of top tier defending, game after game.
He was already on high def, but I felt he warranted a 90 and I went ahead and updated him. During this period, his "mistakes" were still really blatant, they just weren't being punished, it wasn't really him that changed, but more so the team he was in, they were better collectively, so his mistakes were being covered for. But in the following months after the update, or maybe years, his mistakes got punished more and more, and he was looked at as a joke of a defender.
This situation in itself is something that's really made me look at defending as a whole with that much more focus and scrutiny. Rannochia is certainly not without his faults, but his ball winning ability is truly of a very high level, and he can really assert himself on a game and take control of the opposition. But he was playing in a disaster of a time for inter, he established himself as a meme, any mistake he made, the team won't cover for, and any good work he does will be undone. Rannochia has actually become one of the most hated players in inters fanbase in recent history. I think it's a really unfortunate situation, and playing in a more solid team, his strengths would be highlighted and his mistakes minimized. He had some great performances last season when he got the chance, he typically always does, he just tends to have errors that make his good work quickly forgotten. Right now, this inter is actually pretty good defensively, one of the strongest defences in the world atm, so he has no place in the starting line up, behind miranda/skriniar/de vrij. Though I'd say, in this team that's much better collectively than hes used to, he'd do an excellent job.
So, ever since then, I've been extremely reluctant to give inter players high defensive stats. The same process has repeated over and over, you can even see me say the same thing in Murillos thread, where I predict his downfall
So I've been very cautious with his stats, giving him honestly, measly values for his displays, and saying it will do, because we don't need to go higher. But as more time passes, it becomes blatantly obvious that this guy is not some run of the mill defender whos having a good run, he's really something special.
Vinnie said in discord that his perception of him was more of an old-school wall type defender (i think?) Which, I'd say he is, but he's also a very aggressive modern style defender, and a ballplayer on top. He's basically the complete, modern defender. He's very solid at just holding the line and waiting for his moment, and then stopping players dead in their tracks, but he's just as adept at going out early and shutting players down, I'd say that's one of his strong points. Skriniar is an excellent, excellent ball winner, very clean and relentless in getting the job done, accurate at jutting his leg out to get the ball, with both feet, and at any angle. He's a real presence physically too, so if he's going up against someone, he tends to physically dominate them, ontop of being able to pluck the ball away from their feet. He's not the most agile defender, kinda awkward at times, but somehow he manages to still have a lot of speed and a general deftness to his movements.
He has his moments of acting without regards for his teammates, it hasn't been frequent enough to be a problem, he seems to mostly have a good awareness of when he'll have cover to do it, and in general, this inter team is quite good defensively. He's a very gung-ho type of defender, seems to have a strong mentality, so far at least, can't say too much about that, it's just another thing that seems to add up to his dominance. That's the one thing I'd really say about Skriniar, he's just dominant. He takes control and just shuts down everyone he comes up against.
Oh, and regarding his technical side. Hes a decent enough dribbler for a CB, nothing special right now, control is quite average, but he has the sharpness of mind to know how to retain it and use his physicality to his advantage, he is known to go on runs from deep on a rare occasion, nothing huge, but noteworthy all the same, and a nice addition to his game. Regarding his passing, he usually plays it safe, not looking to spray into the mid everytime he has it, but he's really accurate at picking out long grounded passes, and difficult passes to keep plays going as need be. Over the past season and a half I have seen him pick out some really great passes, and he can really rifle them too. I'd class him as a ball playing CB due to his capability, but hes not very consistent with it taking advantage of it, but I'd say, that has a lot to do with brozovic, as brozovic is always there for skriniar, picking the ball up and taking care of creation himself.
As I said, I'm really hesitant with giving players high def, but I'm pretty damn positive on Skriniar warranting it. I'd actually say, hes the cloest thing I can see to a red def defender, and I havn't been as impressed with anyone since prime Kompany. Atm, I'd say VVD is a better all-round defender, hes just a monster physically, but Skriniar is something special in his dispossessing ability and I'd say it's quite a bit above VVD's. Maybe he'll follow a similar pattern to Rannochia, hopefully not. Hes an extremely talented and dominant defender, and the age of 23 hes already fighting to be called the worlds best CB.