Pardew thinks he does brilliantly.
â€śHeâ€™s a Rolls Royce player and a Rolls Royce person too,â€ť the manager told The Journal. â€śHeâ€™s a really nice fella. Iâ€™d seen him play internationally a few times and a few times for Newcastle before I came here, but you never appreciate what sort of player they are until you have spent three weeks with them on the training ground.
â€śI was pleasantly surprised at what a hardworking, disciplined footballer he was. This year he has been outstanding. I would definitely say he has been our best player. Heâ€™s probably unfortunate he isnâ€™t getting selected for the national team.
â€śHeâ€™s the best centre-back Iâ€™ve worked with.â€ť