It is almost the business end of the Premier League season and clubs from around the country are currently busy in trying to achieve or stay on course to achieve their goals for the season. The English top flight league is up with the best in Europe as it has some star players for almost every position in every team in the country. So it does not come as a surprise that a number of players are fighting for supremacy in a position in the league. One such position filled with star players around the country is the full-back position. Having to add at both ends of the field, a full back’s position is a crucial one so it is not surprising to see clubs spend big on full-backs. So who has been the most influential in this position this season? Here are the top-4 full-backs in the Premier League this season based on the numbers:
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur):
Arguably the best full-back in the country, Walker has been an important player for Spurs this season. Having picked up 6 assists already this season, which is more than any other defender in the top flight, Walker has helped his side at both ends of the field. With 1226 passes to his name, he is also one of the most accurate passers in the league. He has just been a treat to watch for Tottenham this season. His 62 tackles is also high up there with the best in the league and hence he is arguably the best full-back in England at the moment.
Seamus Coleman (Everton):
He is the in-form defender in the league at the moment. Seamus Coleman has found a place in the Team of the Week in each of the last 4 fully completed match days. With 4 goals and 3 assists to his name, he is one of the most influential defenders in front of goal this season. He has also supplied 88 crosses this season and has a take on success of 50.91% which is on the higher side for a defender. He has also won 53 tackles this season, making him an impact player for his team.
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea):
The summer transfer for Chelsea, Marcos Alonso is slowly growing into the best full-back/wing-back in the league this season. With 4 goals and 2 assists to his name, Alonso has won Chelsea up to 6 points this season and is an integral part of the squad under Conte. His 78 crosses are the highest by a Chelsea player this season while his successful take on percentage of 61.90% compares well even with the likes of Eden Hazard, one of the best in the league. He has 37 tackles and 34 interceptions to his name, making him an effective player both offensively and also defensively.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United):
Even though he is yet to score a goal this season, United’s first choice right-back Valencia has picked up 3 assists in the league this season and has been more influential than his stats suggest. He has provided 129 crosses, 11 more than any other player in the league while his take on success of 62.965% is also right up there with the best in the league. He has made 53 tackles and 38 interceptions already this season and has been solid defensively. And having made more passes than all Manchester United players except Pogba and Herrera, he remains one of the most influential full-backs in the league this season.
*All stats were taken from the Premier League’s official website.