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 26. Luke Shaw makes it to the list for the first time and Robertson just creates some space for him at the top, ahead of Chilwell.
5. Luke Shaw (Manchester United):
There’s a pattern with a lot of Manchester United players nowadays. Under performing under Jose Mourinho and all of a sudden, playing the best football of their career under OGS. And while Luke Shaw was performing much better than say, Pogba, under the Portuguese, the left-back has definitely stepped up his game in the past few weeks. And that was evident against Fulham, where Shaw made 8 ball recoveries on the left flank.
4. Matt Doherty (Wolves):
While he was not at his best against Newcastle, in both attack and the defense, Matt Doherty has been instrumental in taking Wolverhampton to the 7th place this season. The Irishman has bagged 3 goals and 4 assists in 26 league appearances, that is every game of the season so far. And defensively, Doherty’s records speak for themselevs – 45 tackles, 66 clearances and 49 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 the league best 96 tackles so far, highlighting his strength in one on one defending.
The Englishman had another great outing against West Ham, where we won 10 duels and completed 75% of his attempted dribbles.
2. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City):
Ben Chilwell’s great season continues and so does his rise to the top. Although Leicester lost 1-3 against Tottenham, they did not go down without a fight. And Ben Chilwell was busy on the left flank throughout the game, making 4 ball recoveries and 3 clearances. Manchester City definitely need to increase their £50m bid now, don’t they?
1. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool):
Everything is fine at Liverpool now. After back to back draws against Leicester and West Ham, the Reds won 3-0 against Bournemouth. And the equation is quite simple actually – Liverpool win when Robertson has a great game. Such is the importance of this guy right now. The Scot was back to his best against the Cherries with an assist for Wijnaldum’s goal. (Although, even Robertson would want to take any credit for that beauty!)