Kicking is a big part of the game and a squad selection is based on compromise, but I also believe Slade will miss.
I don't know the premiership very well but among all the 6N and European Cup I've seen over the last 2 years, he's IMO by far the best UK center.
What is funny is that for once I see some interest in having scrum halves kicking, which albeit Laidlaw, has always been seen as a french oddity. That helps having center who are not necesseraly kickers.
Should have picked Ben Spencer then. His place kicking for Bath has been excellent this season (as has his box kicking) and IMO he’s the best scrum half in England, if not the British Isles. I’d have loved to have his quality of pass back in the days when I was playing 10!