Did you two think he was this good in 2009 and 2010? He started Rafa's last season in terrible form, and was awful under Hodgson. I challenge you to go over those perhaps 20-30 games again, and see if you really think he played well. It's obvious from this thread that people just comment on what they see, as everyone is rightly praising him at the moment (I'd have him has our best player this season along with Agger). Fair enough, you believed he could turn it around, and play with the confidence and ability we saw in 2008, but that doesn't mean he wasn't below par for a very long time.
I've never said Cahill or Dann were the answer to our problems, but it was pretty clear we had major problems in central defence (and if you go over my posts again, I thought Carra and especially Kyrgiakos were the biggest ones, but Skrtel didn't exactly impress). I don't know why we now pretend it wasn't like that. Again, I was wrong about Skrtel's ability to turn it around (and play at an even higher standard than before), but no way was he ever this good all the time.