Neither was I and agree with what you say about him. I'm surprised he's done so well.I've got to say I wasnt surprised when Melle was released.....and would never have seen him as a CB.
He 'could' play very well but imo only when there was a crowd or a big match..... i.e. @ Deepdale.
he often strolled through matches I saw and didnt really put the workrate in - never very strong in the tackle - hence the surprise at him being a CB.
I could see him being a 'footballing' sweeper type CB but not a English head and tackle type..
Of the recent lads I'd like to see Jack Baxter tried in the Pearo role in 'bounce / cup games'....
I think that it proves you do develop in different ways at different times.
I just don't see the point of having a youth team if we simply let them go at 18 as no club in England has got players at 18 ready to play top level championship football. (the very odd exception before everyone jumps on the band wagon)