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Top 6 best Leeds United defenders in the 2020/21 Premier League season

Robin Koch

The club from Yorkshire almost stole a point off Liverpool in the opening matchday of the Premier League despite going down in the game at some point.


The Marcelo Bielsa tutored side looked almost at the same level with the players in the Premier League despite making few buys. The club boasts of some of the best defenders in the league.


Leeds United remains one of the teams to watch out for this season.


Highlighting Leeds United top 6 defenders this season


1. Robin Koch

Robin Koch has been excellent so far although there have a few number of errors in some key matches. However, this should not rule out the fact that Koch has been an outstanding defender for Leeds United in the premier league this season.


If there’s any player out there at Leeds United that should be dropped, Koch should be out of the list because of his exceptional quality.

Robin Koch Stats >>

Aerial Duels: Very Strong

Ball interception: Strong

Blocking the ball: Strong

Rating: 6.6


2. Luke Ayling

Luke Ayling, the 29-year old English defender cannot be ignored when it comes to Leeds United most impressive defenders in recent times. Full-back Ayling joined Leeds United from Bristol City in the summer of 2016


Luke Ayling featured for Leeds United 37 times in the league during the 2019/20 season, helping the club lift the Championship title.

Luke Ayling Stats >>

Passing Very: Strong

Key passes: Strong

Dribbling: Strong

Holding on to the ball: Strong

Rating: 6.83


3. Pascal Struijk

For Pascal Struijk, there’s no other way to describe Struijk than his ability to retain the ball. The only problem he has s had is lack of quality, quality time on the field of play would bring up the quality in Struijk.


The 21-year old Belgian has been one of Leeds United most outstanding defenders since the club’s promotion to the premier league.

Pascal Struijk Stats >>

Rating: 6.68

4. Stuart Dallas

Dallas has been at the forefront of Leeds United defense. So far this season, the defender hasn’t missed a single gathe me since the start of the 2020/21 league campaign.

Stuart Dallas Stats >>

Passing: Strong

Holding on to the ball: Strong

Through balls: Strong

Long shots: Strong

Tackling: Strong

Rating: 6.78

5. Alioski Ezgjan

Alisoki has been impressive in the defense for Leeds. The 28-year old North Macedonia defender also played a major role in Leeds United promotion chase back to the premier league after years in the lower division of English Football.

Alisoki Stats >>

Passing: Strong

Key passes: Strong

Crossing: Strong

Taking set-pieces: Strong

Tackling: Strong

Concentration: Strong

Rating: 6.92


6. Liam Cooper

Cooper has been phenomenal for Leeds United in the past couple games since the club’s return to the Premier League. Cooper has been rock-solid. However, in recent games, the Scottish footballer has been¬† experiencing stuttering performance.


Liam Cooper in the premier league appears to be lacking confidence and the will to impress the manager, although you would say the league is in its early days and judgments should not be made yet.

He is the current captain of Leeds. He is the first Leeds United captain to win promotion from the second tier of English football.

Passing: Very Strong

Aerial Duels: Strong

Rating: 6.86

Ibiye Ambille
Ibiye Ambille is a senior editor at Interesting Football, specializing in news reporting and analysis. Love's football, follows the game with passion. Ibiye holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering at Ken Poly. ibiye@interestingfootball.com

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