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 29. Trent Alexander-Arnold returns to the list and Ben Chilwell is down in the fifth place after a difficult week for Leicester.
5. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City):
With Leicester City currently struggling to find a way out of their crisis, their player of the season so far, Ben Chilwell, has also been affected by everything going around him. The Englishman performed well against Brighton in 2-1 home victory for the Foxes. But against Watford, in his first match under Brendon Rogers, Chilwell struggled in the new 3-4-2-1 formation and was clearly vulnerable. But the real question is, has he already done enough to move to a bigger club at the start of the next season?
4. Luke Shaw (Manchester United):
Luke Shaw has been simply phenomenal this season – Both under Mourinho and OGS. The LB worked hard against Liverpool and did a good job of keeping Mo Salah quiet for most of the game. The Englishman provided an assist for Lukaku’s first goal against Crystal Palace with yet another composed display in both attack and defence. At this stage, Shaw is definitely one of the first names on the team-sheet.
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 103 tackles so far, second best in the league, highlighting his strength in one on one defending.
The youngster was even Man of the Match against Burnley in Crystal Palace’s 3-1 victory, where he provided an assist for Batshuayi’s goal.
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool):
After missing out the game against Manchester United, TAA proved why Liverpool have missed him when he was out with an injury in the next two games. The 20-year old provided not one, not two but three assists against Watford as the Reds won 5-0 at home. And in the Merseyside Derby at the Goodison Park, TAA was defensively superb on the right flank with 8 duels won, 7 ball recoveries, 4 clearances and 6 out of 7 successful tackles.
1. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool):
Liverpool players are absolutely dominating our rankings but unfortunately they are starting to struggle towards the business end of the season and are now trailing by a point to Manchester City. And Andy Robertson is another example of that. The LB provided 2 assists against Watford to take his season tally to eight. But when it mattered the most against Manchester United and Everton, the Scottish international could not create much in the attack. Although the credit must be given to Robertson for his defensive work against the Red Devils.