I can see where your coming from, us saints fans where frustrated when Johnson use to take Foden for a 'holiday' as you put it, when Armitage was playing, we couldnt have him as travelling spectator!
The same when Dowson would be called in as cover and never got anywhere... ok time has proved maybe he wasnt good enough, or maybe 2 years to late or more so playing him at 8 which by far his weakest position?... so we have been there and can relate to it... we have had Callum clarke at all training sessions and again he has been sent back
we found our players went away during last years 6 nations, whether played or not, came back less fit than they went away, so not productive for us with a small squad as it was.
I think the issue is, with the saracens centers we do not have much attacking flair/pace and foden is probably seen as the most attacking English player on the pitch (also consistant), so you would not drop him to see what someone else can do, however much he may deserve a shot? (if i am making sense?)... also ask any saints fan, Foden is what makes Ashton (not that Ashtons done much), so if you remove foden you lose alot of potential that ashton could bring?.. so an even bigger risk, if england had a pair of centers like Wales/NZ, then you could afford to give Brown a game
Hey if Foden has another mare, then maybe you bench him n give Brown a start?
IMHO there is not alot to choose between either of them... I hope Brown gets games in South Africa so we can see what he can do and he will be chomping at the bit
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