The Premier League clubs know the importance of wing backs who are important in both attack and defence. And a number of wing backs have mastered the art of blending attack with the defence.
Given the current competition for the best wing-backs in the Premier League, there are quite a few changes after match day 25. Lucas Digne and Ricardo Pereira were nowhere near their best in the last two matches and drop out of the top 5. While Trent Alexander Arnold drops out due to injury, making way for three new faces.
5. Jonny (Wolves):
Newly promoted Wolves are best of the rest in the Premier League, as they sit 7th in the table. And while it has been a team performance from Nuno Santo’s men, his wing-backs have been particularly exceptional. Jonny, on the left-wing, has been solid with his passing, dribbling and clearances in the defence.
4. Matt Doherty (Wolves):
While Jonny has been defensively solid on the left flank, Matt Doherty has been instrumental in both defence and attack on the right side. The Irishman has bagged 3 goals and 4 assists in 25 league appearances, that is every game of the season so far. And defensively, Doherty’s record speak for themselves – 45 tackles, 64 clearances and 47 headed clearances so far.
3. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace):
It is very easy to overlook other EPL right-backs when you have the likes of Trent Alexander Arnold and Ricardo Pereira. But Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka has done exceptionally well in the last few games to get ahead in the list. The 21-year old has been defensively busy throughout the season and has delivered on the right flank, with league best 91 tackles so far, highlighting his strength in one on one defending.
2. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City):
Ben Chilwell’s great season continues and so does his rise to the top. The Englishman was Man of the Match against Liverpool where he also assisted Harry Maguire for the equalizer. The youngster had another decent outing against Manchester United where he proved his defensive prowess. Manchester City definitely need to increase their £50m bid now, don’t they?
1. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool):
Did Andy Robertson’s last two performances shrunk the gap between him and Ben Chilwell? Yes! But Robertson keeps the top spot thanks to his performances from the beginning of the season. But that might change soon if the Scot continues to perform the way he did against West Ham. Liverpool need him to continue with tireless runs on the left flank to create chances and Klopp will be hoping for better performances from his left-back to stay ahead in the title race.