I think if he had a run of 10 games he could grow into a good player. How long would Hibbert have lasted in similar times?
I don't get the hatred for him at all. For me he's been unlucky in terms of his development in having Coleman in front of him, bad timed injuries, and never getting a run of game at all. All players need this to establish themselves. Defenders don't get to come on and score a brace.
He's never got to play 5 games in an established defence.
In hindsight, Sidibe (who was rubbish) probably did for him. But he would not have been worse, and we'd have developed youth player.
There's probably a few more youngsters in the squad (and who've been binned) who'd sing the same tune. But that's what happens what you've got a trigger happy, generous but clueless owner.