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 EPL teams have some of the strongest defences in Europe due to heavy investment in defenders.
- The Top 20 best left backs (LB) in the EPL include Andy Robertson, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Nathan Aké, and Vitaly Mykolenko.
20. Moussa Niakhate
Senegalese defender Moussa Niakhate is enjoying good form at Nottingham Forest.
This season, he has been an important player for Nottingham. The defender is also famous and known for delivering long throws.
He plays primarily as a centre-back but has proven to be good at left-back sometimes.
19. Ben Chilwell
Chelsea star Ben Chilwell is arguably one of the best LBs in the EPL. The English footballers have been playing consistently at the highest standard.
Ben Chilwell joined Chelsea from Leicester City and has been a key player since his arrival.
18. Rayan Ait Nouri
Ryan Ait Nouri is one of the most important players at Wolverhampton Wanderers this season. The Algerian has been a key player in the left-back position at the Molineux Stadium.
It was not all roses for the Algerian when Julen Lopetegui was in charge of the team. However, he has established himself as an indispensable player under Gary O’Neil.
17. Marc Cucurella
Marc Cucurella lately has not been at his best at Chelsea, at least at the level he was known to be at Brighton.
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.
16. Kostas Tsimikas
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.
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.
15. Levi Colwill
Mauricio Pochettino’s reign at Chelsea may not yield the standard of result fans had expected, but there are some hidden talents in the team, including Levi Colwill.
Although the big names regularly contest Levi Colwill’s place in the first team, he has always shown to be the ideal option.
14. Dan Burn
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.
13. Destiny Udogie
Italian youngster Destiny Udogie is already making waves in the EPL this season. He has been applauded for his technicalities.
Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou’s experiments with the youngster are working as planned, with his technical flexibility helping the team in the defence.
The highly-rated Italian has also shown the capability of moving from the flanks to the midfield.
12. Tyrick Mitchell
Tyrick Mitchell plays for Crystal Palace. He is one of the most outstanding left-backs in the EPL.
He is one of the indispensable players, having been the primary option in the left back.
11. Lucas Digne
Unai Emery’s Aston Villa has continued to thrive in the EPL this season, and one of the key players includes Lucas Digne.
The French left-back has played a regular role in the first team this season. His performance puts him in the spotlight, and he is considered one of the best LBs in the league.
10. Rico Henry
Rico Henry has been a significant player at Brentford. He has established himself as an indispensable player in the first team.
9. Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw has established a name as one of the best centre-backs in the league.
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%.
Lately, injuries have been an issue for him, which has forced him to be on the sidelines.
8. Ben Davies
Ben Davies is a versatile player who has done an incredible job at Tottenham Hotspur this season. The Welshman is not only a reliable option at left-back but also filled the void in the centre-back in some cases.
Ben has significantly contributed to the Tottenham Hotspur first team with Ange Postecoglou in charge.
7. Vitaliy Mykolenko
Despite kickstarting the season on the bench, he has gradually earned his rightful place in the first team. The Ukrainian international has made some key contributions already.
To add to his portfolio, he was on target for the Toffees when it mattered.
Everton boss Sean Dyche would not have hoped for more, even as the Ukrainian continues his good form.
6. Josko Gvardiol
Josko Gvardiol is one of the best defenders in the world. Although he is primarily a centre-back, he is more valuable playing as an auxiliary left-back for Manchester City this season.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has also favoured playing Josko Gvardiol as a left-back this season.
5. Antonee Robinson
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.
4. Nathan Aké
Nathan Ake has earned his place on 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.
3. Oleksandr Zinchenko
Oleksandr Zinchenko 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.
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.
2. Andy Robertson
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.
1. Pervis Estupiñán
Pervis Estupiñán is one of the best players at Brighton Hove Albion.
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.
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