It's almost Christmas, so let's have some fun. Welcome to our first mailbag! This is gonna work much like it does for my colleague Kevin Pelton, who covers the NBA for ESPN. You can send me questions on Twitter (@rwohan) or via email to email@example.com, and then I'll answer them in these periodic mailbag posts throughout the year. As long as your question is at least tangentially related to the sport of soccer, it's fair game.
Let's get to it.
My first thought for a question was 'Is Trent Alexander-Arnold the best right-back in the world,' but I'm not sure that's the best way to frame it, considering he does things differently from someone like Joao Cancelo or Reece James, and maybe it's an apples-to-oranges comparison. So my question is this: let's assume you have been hired to build the best football team on the planet. Money is no object, every team will sell their players to you and every player wants to play for you. Is Trent your choice at right-back?" -- Mauricio
The short answer: yes. Now for the long answer ...