Top 3 Premier League Players in Every Position: Defenders

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The Premier League is home to some of the best football players in the world. In this series, we’ll be looking at the best Premier League players in every position. In this edition, we’ll look at the best defenders.


Honorable mention: Ederson Moraes

3rd. Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris has always been one of the top goalies in the Premier League. Last season, Lloris only allowed 24 goals and he led the league in minutes per goal conceded. Although that is mainly because of Tottenham’s rock solid defense, Lloris still deserves a lot of credit. He led the league in save percentage last year with an impressive 76.5%. Even thought Lloris’ form has dipped a bit this season, he is still a top 3 Premier League goalie.

2nd. Thibaut Courtois

Courtois had his best season for Chelsea last season. He played a major role in Chelsea’s title run and kept a league-high 16 clean sheets. He got awarded by winning the Premier League Golden Glove. This season, Courtois has been solid so far. Out of all the goalies playing for top 4 teams, Courtois has the most saves with 17.

1st. David De Gea

David De Gea is one of if not the best goalkeeper in the world right now. He is an elite shot-stopper with great distribution. Gea has only allowed 2 goals so far this season and he leads the league in clean sheets with 6. De Gea is one of the main reasons why Manchester United have the best defense in the league. There’s a reason why Real Madrid want to pay big bucks for him.

Left Back

Honorable Mention: Ryan Bertrand

3rd. Sead Kolašinac

Even though Sead Kolašinac has only been in the Premier League for 2 months, he’s already one of the best defenders in the league. Kolašinac has been one of Arsenal’s best players so far this season. His strength and speed combined with his high work ethic make him a huge threat in the back and a huge threat going forward.

2nd. Danny Rose

When healthy, Danny Rose is arguably the best left back in the league. His consistency in defense and attack makes him one of the best two-way players in the Premier League. Rose is a big reason why Spurs were able to put the pressure on the Premier League champions in each of the last 2 seasons.

1st. Marcos Alonso

Since his arrival last season, no other defender has scored more goals than Marcos Alonso. His attacking ability is unmatched by any other defender in the Premier League and he is good defensively as well. Antonio Conte’s decision to add Marcos Alonso to the starting XI completely changed Chelsea’s season. Marcos  Alonso was one of the main reasons why Chelsea were champions last season.

 Right Back

Honorable Mention: Serge Aurier

3rd. Hector Bellerin

Last season, Hector Bellerin was one of the biggest disappointments in the Premier League. After a break out 15/16 season, expectations were sky-high for Hector Bellerin. Unfortunately for Bellerin, he struggled, his stats decreased in almost every category. Bellerin has been better this season than he was last season. Bellerin is only 22 years old and he still has a lot of time to recapture his 15/16 form.

2nd. Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia has revitalized his career ever since he made the move to right back. Valencia is massive part Manchester United’s title-challenging team.  His strength, pace, and crossing ability make him a perfect modern-day right-back. His manager Jose Mourinho called him “the best right-back in the world” ahead world-class players like Dani Alves and Dani Carvajal.

1st. Kyle Walker

Manchester City made Kyle Walker the most expensive right back in the world this summer with a £50 million transfer. Even though that is a lot of money for a defender, Kyle Walker has somewhat justified the price tag. His performances this season have been borderline world-class. Walker provides quality in both defenses and attacks down the right-wing for Manchester City. Walker will be crucial for City if they want to win the league this season.


Honorable Mention: John Stones

3rd. Eric Bailly

A lot of eyebrows were raised when Manchester United signed Eric Bailly for £30 last summer. Many people had no idea who he was. A year has passed and now Eric Bailly is known by every Premier League fan. Bailly has adapted well to the pace and style of the Premier League. It’s only been a year since his arrival and he is already regarded as a top center-back in the league. His consistency and dominance in defense make him a huge part of Manchester United’s title contending team.

2nd. Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta is the best all-around defender in the Premier League. He can have class performances in any defensive position except for goalkeeper. Cesar led all defenders in passing last year and is currently leading all defenders in assists this year. Cesar can also defend very well. His 140 clearances, 71 interceptions, and 84 tackles were a big part of Chelsea’s title campaign.

1st. Toby Alderweireld                                          
The arrival of Toby Alderweireld in 2015 completely transformed Tottenham’s defense. Since the 15/16 season, Tottenham are tied with Manchester United for fewest goals conceded. A big part of that is due to Toby Alderweireld. His dominance at center-back has turned Tottenham from a team struggling to make top 4 into a title contending team. Alderweireld has been world-class ever since he signed for Tottenham.



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