COUNT down the hours… the Premier League is on the brink of a return.
After a three-month lockdown due to coronavirus, top-flight football is back on June 17.
There’s plenty up for grabs too, including European places and a real relegation battle – even if Liverpool have all-but clinched the title, needing a maximum of just two wins.
And as we prepare to welcome back the Premier League, thank goodness, we’re ranking our top five players in every position.
Take a look at who we’ve opted for in the right-back spots, in order, now…
1. TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD
UP there with the very best in the world, the Liverpool star is comfortably the best right-back in the Premier League.
In terms of attacking play, Alexander-Arnold, 21, is unparalleled down the right flank, with an astonishing right foot.
His crossing accuracy and vision is second-to-none – and he’s got a decent shot on him, too.
In defence, he is occasionally caught out, but that is in no small part down to the Reds’ style of play – with both full-backs pushing forward almost all the time.
This term, through 29 matches, Alexander-Arnold has laid on a phenomenal 12 assists, adding ten clean sheets and two goals.
His 12 assists level his tally from the entirety of last season – which then was the all-time Premier League record for assists from a defender.
2. AARON WAN-BISSAKA
WHILE Alexander-Arnold is No1, Wan-Bissaka is deserved of the No2 spot in the No2 shirt…
The Manchester United star, 22, is arguably the better defender of the two and is almost unbeatable at the back.
But going forward, Wan-Bissaka isn’t quite as dynamic as Alexander-Arnold.
And in today’s game, with full-backs darting forward and overlapping, that holds him back… albeit only slightly.
For now, he will remain second choice for England as well as in our list – with no goals and two assists to go with his seven clean sheets from 26 games this season.
3. RICARDO PEREIRA
DESPITE losing N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez in recent season, Leicester have remained highly competitive.
Until a slight dip in form after Christmas, the Foxes were Liverpool’s main rivals for the title – and their defence has been key to that.
As well as the likes of Ben Chilwell and Caglar Soyuncu, Pereira has been a standout star at the King Power Stadium.
The Portuguese full-back, 26, has scored three times, added two assists and helped keep ten clean sheets this term.
4. REECE JAMES
LAST season, James was making waves in the Championship with Wigan.
This season, he’s booted club captain Cesar Azpilicueta out of position at Chelsea and become a genuine Premier League star.
With pace and strength his main attributes, he’s just as good going forward as he is at defending.
James, 20, has two assists in 17 games for the Blues this season as he continues his meteoric rise in the game.
Gareth Southgate has a real problem trying to find room for James with Alexander-Arnold and Wan-Bissaka surely the top options, for now.
5. MATT DOHERTY
YOU could easily make a case for Manchester City veteran Kyle Walker, but it’s impossible to ignore Doherty on current form.
The Wolves ace, 28, has been a key figure in his side’s pursuit of a European spot.
Irish international Doherty has scored four times, adding an assist and seven clean sheets in 27 Premier League matches.
By: Dave Fraser
Title: Top 5 Premier League right-backs revealed with Trent Alexander-Arnold in top spot ahead of Man Utd ace Aaron Wan-Bissaka
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Published Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2020 08:56:37 +0000