Hmmm...tricky one this. I can't agree with some of your comments regarding Neill, MGP. I wouldn't say he's disinterested or uncommitted. He's Australian, tough as ol' boots and is always committed in the tackle. Watch the Spurs game back to see some of his bone-crunchers, I don't know where you can say he's a fag in terms of defending because he's one of the hardest fellas in the game if we're fair!
However, I do think he's lazy as well. Maybe not so much lazy, just care-free at times. Like the Dawson goal when he was watching the player. I don't know if you can call it lazy, but it's just a lack or loss of concentration or whatever, not knowing the ball had entered the box, unless he just meant to mark the man and not follow the ball, which brings me nicely on to my next point. He's as dirty as JT's ma, not a fan of some of his shirt-pulling and stuff like that. He needs to knock it off, but I suppose that's his nature.
However, he's essentially not a centre-back. He is a right back and that's probably the main reason we signed him. So it's slightly unfair, I feel, to judge him so harshly when it's not his true position. All that said, I agree, when Jagielka, Yobo and Distin back, hopefully he'll be in his correct position or on the bench, he's not a stellar centre-back in my opinion, but that's just my two cents.