Nevermind next season, where the hell has he been this season!?
Think he was injured for a while mid-season.
He'll be a top player. I remember watching what I think was his debut against Chelsea last season (same day as we lost 2-1 to United I think) and he looked very good even then up against Drogba who was on fire at the time.
Allardyce was playing him in centre of midfield at the start of the season and he looked very comfortable there going to box-to-box, not just sitting and destroying. He's a quality player. No one will bully him, he's mobile and he can play. Sounds simplistic, but isn't that everything you want in a centreback?