Stats aren't just what we go on. They don't really consider positional sense of a defender, see Alonso, and chances/goals conceded due to that fact, which stats don't tally.
Nor do they consider how attacking play is often switched to avoid the flank of a strong defender. Rose made a howler yesterday. He ain't the defender he was a couple of seasons ago, I agree. He's still a good defensive LB however.
I agree he is on another level but he’s up and down like a yo-yo in that he’s either very good or pants. We can’t afford for players to have too many off games and as we’ve seen recently these mistakes have cost us games and left us in a real dog fight for top 4.
It's a difficult stat to cover because if you overhit a cross and it hits the other FB, that isn't a successful cross to me, I wish we could find a a cross leading to shot stat. Rose crossing irritates me tbh, it's always overshit, Llorente took a couple of bullets to the face to score a couple of times mind you.
I think most people have accepted that he was clearly very depressed and had some serious shit happening with his family at the time. If i recall, his brother was held up at gun point at his front door.