Mehhhhh, not sure how i feel. A shame an academy player has left, £50m for a first choice England international seems a little low once you take the British tax off it, but then i'd say he's the best of a bad bunch, England are hardly overrun with a choice of world class LB's
However i neither get the criticism he got, or the hype. He's a decent player, good defending, good at getting forward, average attacking (compared to the new style full back) i think he's stalled a bit and changed his game since playing for England. Doesnt seem to want to take players on or attempt attacking, runs the wing, stops, passes it back
I think he is at his best now, i can't see him progressing any more or getting much better (hope i'll be proved wrong) Think he'll do quite well when he's on loan at Westham/Newcastle in a couple of seasons, but he's replaceable.