Chris Smalling blows hot and cold. One day he’s a reincarnation of Paolo Maldini and the next he makes William Prunier seem an alright defender.
Like a Pick ‘n Mix, you don’t know what you’re going to get.
Last night, Smalling made it three goals in his last three away Premier League games (Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Bournemouth) for the club. The fans were understandably buzzing with that statistic.
There will always be a few that, even during times like this when a lad is doing well, will do their utmost to knock him and complain that he shouldn’t be anywhere near the team. But Smalling has netted more times than Alvaro Morata in 2018 and Alexis Sanchez.
Morata, for one, had some fans sulk when we signed Romelu Lukaku instead. The Belgian has 27 goals to his name this season – his season best – and people were crying their eyes out over us losing out on the Spaniard? Chelsea can keep him.
Smalling is one of the certainties to start against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
This is how Twitter reacted to Smalling form after he scored Bournemouth:
Haha Lukaku scored again and Smalling has more goals than your precious Morata 🙂
— Man Like T 🍍 (@tauya_) 18 April 2018
Chris Smalling has more goals than Sanchez??
— Kyume Chisty (@KyumeC) 18 April 2018
Smalling is more of wrestler than a footballer.
Whenever he’s on the pitch, hands will definitely fly.
— G0DMvND (@ElmaDave) 18 April 2018
Smalling, the English Sergio Ramos.
— MB (@balbadinorhino) 18 April 2018
In 2018, Chris Smalling has scored three goals in 16 games while Alvaro Morata has two goals in 16 games.
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) 18 April 2018
Even Jesse Lingard got in on the act.
All about the movement though 🔥😉
— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) 18 April 2018
Sorry Alexis, but you must do better!
Premier League goals in 2018:
3️⃣ Chris Smalling
3️⃣ Alexandre Lacazette
2️⃣ Alexis Sanchez
1️⃣ Alvaro Morata
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) 18 April 2018