Left-backs are as important as other defenders in football. That said, the Premier League is one of the leading destinations for brilliant left-backs in the world.
Statistics have shown Premier League teams have some of the strongest defences in Europe due to heavy investment in defenders. But historically, the league has been home to some of the best in this position.
Interesting Football looks at the best left-back in the Premier League this season, according to Sofascore.
Luke Shaw has been outstanding for Manchester United lately. The 27-year-old defender has successfully established a strong presence in the defence and is one of the key players in the Erik ten Haag team.
Luke Shaw is quite outstanding in the defence as he averages more than fifty passes per match. He also has more of the ball and sometimes completes passes at a rate of 84%.
Although the England international has recorded some low points during the season, his contributions will not go unnoticed.
Andrew Robertson has remained a key player in Liverpool’s defence along with Virgil van Dijk. The Scottish footballer is known for his physical power.
He is a player who brings a lot of quality to the defence because he always produces good crosses into the opposition box. Another aspect that makes him stand out is his ability to charge at forwards when he is under pressure.
Robertson brings some stability to Liverpool’s defence even though this season has been difficult for the Reds.
Oleksandr Zinchenko should be considered one of the best signings of the Premier League. He immediately impacted Arsenal after he joined the Gunners from Man City at the start of the 2022/23 season.
His arrival brought competition to the left-back position at Arsenal, which gave Mikel Arteta more options to choose from. Zinchenko has dislodged Kieran Tierney, who used to be the main option in this position.
So far, the left back position handled by Oleksandr Zinchenko has been helpful to Arsenal’s title charge. According to statistics, he has been involved in most team attacks. He is also one of the players with the most successful passes and touches.
Nathan Ake has slowly drawn into Pep Guardiola’s defensive plans for Manchester City. The Dutchman has lived up to expectations whenever he is introduced onto the pitch.
Nathan is just one of the best players who could play dual roles. He predominantly plays in central defence but has been a key player in the left-back position for the Cityzens. His versatility has been helpful to Manchester City this season.
Marc Cucurella had been making up the numbers from his days at Brighton and now at Chelsea. The Spanish left back has been one of the key players in Graham Potter’s team this season.
Despite Chelsea’s underwhelming form in the Premier League, the Spaniard has shown to be a reliable option at the back, especially with his ability to charge forward confidently.
Chelsea has struggled to find goals this season which has threatened their chances of getting into Europe amid the club’s involvement in the market. So far, Marc Cucurella has been a good signing at the club.
Pervis Estupiñán is one of the best players at Brighton Hove Albion. The Ecuadorian defender has been a shining light, one of the reasons the Seagulls have performed beyond expectations.
Since the start of the season, the numbers have continued to add up, a reason he is on the wishlist of top teams in the Premier League.
He fits in well inside Brighton boss De Zerbi’s style of play. He is known for his ability to ‘pass through the lines, providing opportunities for players up front.
Dan Burn has been a hero and one of the Superstars at St James’s Park this season. The 30-year-old English defender has helped Newcastle United to maintain a solid defence.
He has been key to Eddie Howe’s quest to make it to Europe, even though there’s been ups and downs along the way.
Max Kilman is one of the brightest stars at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 25-year-old English defender is one of the mainstays at Molineux this season.
Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas is one of the least talked about players in the Premier League. But interestingly, he’s been one of the best defenders at Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side has struggled to find their footing, leaving many unanswered questions about the team’s future ahead next season.
Kostas Tsimikas has been a threat going forward. He was shown to be a reliable player who could launch attacks and sustain the pressure on the opponent’s half.
Antonee Robinson is one of the best players at Fulham this season. His left-back role has helped the Cottagers, which had drawn comparison towards him with other players.
The American soccer player has made over twenty appearances for the Cottagers.
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