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Top 20 best current centre-backs (CB) in the Premier League (EPL )2024

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Centre-backs are some of the most important players in every team since their position is the most contested by opposition players, especially centre-forwards.

 

  • The Premier League has some of the best players in this position.

 

  • The top performing CBs in the EPL include Virgil Van Dijk, Ruben Dias, and Arsenal man William Saliba.

 

  • From Thiago Silva and Fabian Schar to Virgil van Dijk, Interesting Football brings some of the best legs in this position.

 

20. Lisandro Martínez (Manchester United)

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Lisandro Martínez is one of the best defenders in the Premier League this season despite missing out on most games due to injuries.

 

The Argentine quickly established a strong footing in United’s defence and was crucial for the team’s triumph at the Carabao Cup.

 

He is known for his tackles, ball distribution, perfect positioning, and awareness, and he has shown to be successful in one-on-one situations on multiple occasions.

  • Attacking: 39%
  • Creativity: 47%
  • Defending: 79%

 

19. Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool)

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Konate is seen as the future of Liverpool’s defense, having occasional lapses but having all the attributes to follow in the footsteps of Virgil van Dijk at Anfield.

 

He is especially strong in aerial duels, combining speed, solid tackling, and a sharp ability to make decisive passes. At 24 years old, he is ready for more improvement.

  • Attacking: 38%
  • Creativity: 39%
  • Defending: 78%

 

18. James Tarkowski (Everton FC)

Best centre backs in premier league right now - James Tarkowski

James Tarkowski has been one of the key players for Everton this season. The centre-back has played a significant role in the defence for the Toffees this season.

Everton began the season with a point deduction but bounced back to top form.

  • Tactical: 89%
  • Creativity: 49%
  • Defending: 93

 

17. Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace)

Best centre backs in premier league - Marc Guehi

The fact that Marc Guehi has already been linked with Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea this summer shows his skill and potential.

 

The English defender is a star player for Crystal Palace, earning the captain’s badge. With the ability to play on either side of the central defense, Guehi has formed a praiseworthy partnership with Joachim Andersen in south London.

  • Tactical: 67%
  • Creativity: 46%
  • Defending: 77%

 

16. Joachim Anderson (Crystal Palace)

Best centre backs in EPL currently - Joachim Anderson

Joachim Anderson is one of the most important players at Crystal Palace.

 

The Danish footballer has consistently put up some match-winning performances to help Palace navigate through crucial moments.

Anderson is also known for his physicality, which has helped him in crucial times.

  • Creativity: 55%
  • Defending: 74%
  • Tactical: 75%

 

15. Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa)

Best centre backs in premier league - Ezri Konsa

Aston Villa star Ezri Konsa also lists EPL’s most outstanding CBs. The talented defender has been a key player for the Villans this season.

Creativity: 41%

Defending: 74%

Tactical: 60%

 

14. Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

Joe Gomez

Liverpool star Joe Gomez also makes the list of EPL’s best centre-backs. The English defender has also played roles including left-backs.

  • Creativity: 54%
  • Defending: 75%
  • Tactical: 64%

 

13. Raphael Varane (Manchester United)

 

Raphael Varane

Raphael Varane is arguably one of the best centre-backs in the world. The Real Madrid legend has been a key player for United since his arrival.

 

However, lately, he’d had his place on the bench and was not getting the deserved minutes in the starting lineup.

  • Creativity: 40%
  • Defending: 73%
  • Tactical: 61%

 

12. Sven Botman (Newcastle United)

Best centre backs in pl - Sven botman

Sven Botman, a summer acquisition for Newcastle in the 2022/23 season, fit in well with the squad after being previously linked with Liverpool.

 

The Dutch defender formed a strong partnership with Fabian Schar, helping Newcastle’s defense and securing a place in the current Champions League season.

 

With an impressive pass accuracy of 92% and an average of 4.8 aerial duels won per game, Botman, at 23 years old, is considered a vital part of Newcastle’s success, with hopes of more improvement as he hones his skills.

  • Creativity: 45%
  • Defending: 80%
  • Tactical: 66%

 

 

11. William Saliba (Arsenal)

William Saliba

 

Nicknamed “the Mbappe of centre-backs” during his time in France, this Frenchman was a vital player for Mikel Arteta’s team in their title chase last season.

Now fully fit, this young defender is set to continue his impressive rise this season.

  • Creativity: 42%
  • Defending: 70%
  • Technical: 61%

 

10. Fabian Schar (Newcastle United)

Fabian Schar

Swiss footballer Schar has been exceptional in the defence for Newcastle United. He has established a formidable partnership with the likes of Sven Botman.

 

The central defender has been applauded for his role in the team especially last season to help Newcastle United concede the most goals in the league.

  • Creativity: 49%
  • Defending: 75%
  • Tactical: 79%

 

9. Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Lewis Dunk

The Brighton defender maintains his performance but also improves it, leaving observers amazed.

 

A key figure in Brighton’s team, helping them qualify for European football for the first time, the Seagulls’ captain has flourished under Roberto De Zerbi.

 

If he were a few years younger, there’s no doubt that Dunk would be the next Brighton star coveted by top clubs.

  • Creativity: 49%
  • Defending: 72%
  • Tactical: 72%

 

8. Gabriel Magalhães  (Arsenal)

Best centre backs in the PL - Gabriel Magalhaes

Gabriel is one of the underrated players in Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team, despite having a great campaign in 2022-23 and showing constant improvement in north London.

 

The left-footed defender showed remarkable resilience by playing only five minutes of the Premier League season. He also seems to have overcome rash moments and become a reliable and excellent defender.

  • Tactical: 66%
  • Creativity: 39%
  • Defending: 80%

 

7. Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

EPL best centre backs - Ruben dias

Dias, a defensive force for Manchester City, may not have the same passing accuracy as some of his peers, but he makes up for it with his outstanding defensive skills.

 

The Portuguese international, also the captain of Manchester City, won the Footballer of the Year award in his first Premier League season and has kept up this high level of performance.

  • Tactical: 72%
  • Creativity: 78%
  • Defending: 78%

 

6. Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City)

Josko Gvardiol - best centre backs in EPL

Josko Gvardiol is primarily a centre-back; thus, he is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world.

 

He was a key centre-back option at RB Leipzig and with the Croatian national team.

 

Although he’s played in his natural position at Manchester City, head coach Pep Guardiola appears comfortable playing the Croatian at left-back.

  • Tactical: 69%
  • Creativity: 53%
  • Defending: 71%

 

5. Thiago Silva (Chelsea)

Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva is undoubtedly the player who has performed the best for Chelsea in the last 12 months.

 

The Brazilian has been a solid defender, making vital tackles and blocks for a Chelsea side that sometimes struggled. Chelsea has tried to find his replacement, but no one has his skills, abilities and consistency. 

  • Tactical: 80%
  • Creativity: 47%
  • Defending: 83%

 

4. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

Virgil Van Dijk

Van Dijk is still a superb central defender and a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team.

 

He is known for his dominant presence and impact in both penalty areas. He was the Premier League’s best defender for several seasons, and he is ready to regain that status this season.

  • Tactical: 77%
  • Creativity: 51%
  • Defending: 80%

 

3. Manuel Akanji (Manchester City)

 

Manuel Akanji broke into Pep Guardiola’s defensive option straight away following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

 

The Swiss International has established himself as one of the reliable options in the centre-back for the Cityzens.

Akanji is a versatile defender capable of playing different roles, including left-back.

 

2. John Stones (Manchester City)

Best centre backs in pl John Stones

John Stones is a household name in English football and is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world.

 

John Stones has played a significant role at the club since he arrived from Everton FC. Although this season he has faced limited time due to injuries, he remains a key player for the Cityzens.

  • Tactical: 68%
  • Creativity: 51%
  • Defending: 70%

 

1. Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur)

Cristian Romero

Cristian Romero is one of the most consistent players at Spurs. The Argentine has been applauded for his aggressive style and dominance.

 

Romero joined the London-based club from Serie A side Atalanta initially on loan before switching permanently.

The World Cup winner is expected to be part of the club’s long-term options.

  • Tactical: 69%
  • Creativity: 45%
  • Defending: 84%

 

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