yes he was a beast george, you really saw a difference when he wasnt in the team. fantastic player. only reason he wasnt at a top club was his passing/technical ability wasnt the best. often gave simple balls away. i say often, not as bad as the current lot. but enough to stop him playing at arsenal, man utd, chelsea at the time who had the likes of kean, viera, and makelele. even liverpool at the time had alonso and gerrard in the middle. thinking back there was miles better defensive midfielders playing back then. they are all show ponies now in comparison.