Former Premier League defender not impressed with being compared to Saliba

Rio Ferdinand appears unimpressed that William Saliba is being compared to him already.

The Frenchman made his first two starts for Arsenal in this campaign and he was superb in them.

His performances have earned his high praise from fans, pundits and former players.

One of the biggest accolades he has received so far is being compared to Ferdinand.

The former Manchester United man was one of the best defenders of his generation and he was superb at a young age.

Saliba looks set to become one of the biggest stars of the Premier League also, but Ferdinand believes it’s too early to compare Saliba to him.

He said, as quoted by Metro Sport: ‘How many Premier League games has he played?’ 

‘How many Premier League games had I played at that point?

‘I broke the British transfer record at that time and people are drawing comparisons? It’s a madness! Give the boy some time!

‘He’s doing well. But you don’t judge players when it’s all going well you say brilliant I like to see the next phase.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

Saliba has been impressive in the few games he has played for Arsenal so far, but he needs to stay focused and humble.

The comparison with Ferdinand is not needed. He can establish himself as a top defender in the history of the competition instead of being in the shadow of another legend.

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  1. *OT
    Big Ups to Nacho Monreal on retiring from football. Thanks for your service to the club Gunner…

  2. “I broke UP the premier league record”
    Dear Rio You’r very humble!!!!Anyway a quality of a player is not Always linked on the Price tag of his transfer…..

  3. The comparison is very appropriate. Why should Ferdinand be his own judge? Fans are just encouraging the courageous young man and Ferdinand should be glad that they still think of him in the light of one of the best of his time rather than feeling offended.
    Saliba has already broken into the French team which is one of the best in the world at present

  4. Rio should have been banned for two years for missing that drug test, everyone knew what the reason was and it was Columbian, Fergie had to protect his 30 million pound asset and seven months was better than two years

  5. Yes we are too quick to big up players when Rio was a really outstanding defender and what he says is not disparaging but a reasonable observation.

  6. I suppose you could judge Rio first two games in the prem league compared to saliba first two, not sure what the results are but saliba got great reviews not sure what Rio’s reviews was🤔

  7. Hey, Rio Ferdinard, you broke the British transfer record in 2002 at the age of 24 as a leeds utd defender.
    Saliba is still 21years!

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