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Top 20 best defenders in the Premier League (EPL) right now 2024



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20. Luke Shaw (Manchester United)


Man United is one of the household names in English football. He is one of the most influential players at Old Trafford.


The England international struggled to get more minutes in the early stages of Erik ten Haag’s appointment as United boss. However, he is now a key player in the squad and played a significant role in the Carabao Cup triumph.


19. Lisandro Martínez (Manchester United)


Lisandro Martinez has been in good form since he arrived at Old Trafford.

Nicknamed “The Butcher,” He is known for his brutal tackles, awareness, distribution, and positioning and has shown to be successful in one-on-one situations.


Martinez has been a surprise star at Manchester United, although he came with many expectations due to his exploits at Ajax.


One of the highest points of his career was the World Cup triumph at the tournament in Qatar in 2022.


18. Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion)


Lewis Dunk captain Lewis Dunk is one of the most outstanding defenders in the league.


He has shown to be one of the leaders and is behind the club’s steady growth in the last couple of seasons.


17. Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur)

World Cup winner Cristiano Romero has solidified his position as one of the best legs in the league. He has thrived this season under Ange Postecoglou.

Known for his aggressive style of play, he got into the spotlight at the World Cup finals in Qatar and has established himself as one of the best in his position.


16. Manuel Akanji (Manchester City)

Manuel Akanji successfully broke into Man City’s first team and established himself as a regular starter.

The Swiss footballer joined the Cityzens from Borussia Dortmund.


15. Nathan Ake (Manchester City)


Dutch footballer Nathan Ake also makes the list following his impressive form at Man City.


He has switched between centre back and left back at Man City and has been outstanding in both roles.


14. Ben White (Arsenal)

Benjamin White, alongside William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhães, has helped to strengthen Arsenal’s defense.


The English right-back has been a key player at the club since he joined from Brighton.


13. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United)


Fabian Schar, Sven Botman, and Kieran Trippier have established a solid defensive wall at St James’s Park. The trio has single-handedly kept the magpies in some of the most crucial games this season.


Schar has been exceptional this season and has established a formidable partnership alongside Sven Botman.


The central defender had a good showing last season as Newcastle United emerged in the top two teams with fewer goals conceded last season.


12. Thiago Silva (Chelsea)


Thiago Silva is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League. The Brazilian has been in the heart of defence since he arrived at the club.


This season has been an integral part of Graham Potter’s team and has been outstanding for the team. Apart from his role in Chelsea’s backline, his leadership qualities have been excellent.


However, injuries have prevented him from playing regularly for the Blues. But he has been a game changer whenever selected to start a game.


11. Pedro Porro (Tottenham Hotspur)


The Spaniard has successfully settled fully at Tottenham Hotspur and is one of the key players for Ange Postecoglou.

The former Man City man finally got his place in the Premier League after stints at Valladolid and Sporting CP.


10. Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United)


Kieran Trippier has been a game-changer since he arrived at St James’s Park in the 2021/22 campaign. He is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.


His performance last season helped the club to be ranked among the top two Premier League teams with fewer goals conceded.


9. Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

Robertson is one of the household names in English football due to his impressive performance at Liverpool.

The Scottish footballer features in the left-back role for the Reds.


8. William Saliba (Arsenal)


The Frenchman is one of the backbone of Arsenal’s defence. Following loan stints at Saint-Étienne, OGC Nice and Marseille, he returned to Arsenal and established himself as a regular starter.

In the last few seasons, William Saliba has accelerated to the highest stage and is regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world.

Arsenal has benefited from the strength and flexibility of its centre-backs, including Gabriel Magalhães.


7. John Stones (Manchester City)

John Stones is one of the most versatile players in the Premier League. Primarily in centre back, the Englishman has sometimes played in the defensive midfield role.

He has played a significant role at Manchester City. However, this season, injuries have prevented him from playing regularly.


6. Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

The Englishman is one of the most trusted players at Man City. He played a significant role in the first team in the historic treble.


The right-back is considered one of the best defenders of his generation and has been applauded for his strength and pace.


5. Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal)

Oleksandr Zinchenko has become one of the backbones of Arsenal’s defense since he arrived from Man City.

The Ukrainian international has solidified his position at left back and has also been comfortable in midfield at times.


4. Pervis Estupiñán (Brighton & Hove Albion)


One of the least talked about players in the media is Pervis Estupiñán. The Ecuadorian has been the key defensive player at Brighton.

Aside from his role in the defence, he also scores some brilliant goals when it matters.


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3. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)


Liverpool FC full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the most reliable Premier League defenders. Although the Englishman has witnessed rocky times in the division, he’s been able to live up to expectations.


Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of the leading players at Liverpool last season and was voted to the PFA Team of the Year in 2021–22.


2. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)


Virgil van Dijk is considered one of the best centre backs in the Premier League. The 31-year-old Dutch international joined the Reds in 2018 for £55 million.


Since he arrived at the club, he has justified big money spent as he has established a strong presence in the defence coupled with his outstanding leadership qualities.


His performance was recognized after being voted into the 2022 FIFA FIFPro World XI.


Although van Dijk has witnessed ups and downs as Liverpool’s team has struggled, he has continued to make up the numbers for the Reds.


1. Ruben Dias (Manchester City)


The Portuguese footballer remains one of the best-performing centre-backs in world football.


He has been one of the backbones of Manchester City’s defense since he arrived at the club in 2020.


Dias is known for his defensive prowess and leadership in the team. He played a crucial role in the club’s historic treble in the 2022/2023 season.

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