I love watching the Storm. My best footy watching mate is a MASSIVE Storm fan, so I've watched Widdop closely since he debuted and have probably rated him longer than most English fans in this thread. I definitely think he's England's best option in the 6, but opinion of him has to be based in reality and facts otherwise things can go over the top, which is what I'm seeing here.
OMEGA, I'll give the benefit of my doubt for now, but that really doesn't sound like a Bellamy thing to say in public, and the quote you've so far provided about a Big Four isn't from Bellamy at all. Can you provide a quote from Bellamy himself?
The point I will forever make is that watch the three games last season when the 'big 3' we're on origin duty. In 2 of the games he was the best player on the pitch by some distance. I watched the games to form a better opinion on Widdop, he's in the top 5 stand offs in the world.
Before Game I, Storm had a bye. Next game, the Big Three are back and they beat the Broncos 34-10
Before Game II, Storm lose to Wests 10-6. Next game, Slater is injured, Widdop moves to fullback but Smith and Cronk still play. They beat Manly 26-22.
Before Game III, Storm had a bye. Next game, Smith and Slater are rested, Cronk plays and Widdop plays at fullback again. They are smashed 40-12 by the Raiders.
Which games are you referring to? Or in other words, what are you on about? You're the one who formed the baseless opinion that Inglis' one on one defence was woeful as well. Do you really watch the NRL?
Look, I like Widdop, he's a good player and has impressed me on a number of occasions, but he's no where near the Big Three and is a way off the elite of the NRL. He's still quite young, unlike the Big Three, and will continue to improve, and has to if he's ever to play a dominant role in a Test for England.