The Premier League has always been known as the most exciting competition in association football, and once again, England’s top flight is delivering the goods. The race for the top four is tight, as is the relegation battle that is warming up rather nicely. Known for its tough-tackling and physicality, it’s time to take a look at the three best centre-backs in the top flight.
Earlier on in the month, we compiled our ‘three best goalkeepers in the Premier League right now’, so now it’s time to move up the pitch slightly, and discuss who we feel are the three best centre-backs in the competition.
So let’s get right to it. Remember, these are in no particular order, and we obviously couldn’t include everyone – so if you don’t agree, feel free to leave your three favourites in the comment box below.
Many questioned Conte’s decision to bring the Brazilian back to The Bridge, but my, what an excellent choice the Italian manager made. Right now, there isn’t a centre-back playing anywhere close to the level that David Luiz is at right now – and full credit to him.
The 29-year-old fits into the three-at-the-back system wonderfully well, and it allows him that extra protection in case he does make one of those potentially fatal mistakes. It also gives him the opportunity to bring the ball out from defence, and play those killers balls that we know he is capable of.
You can always count on Luiz to chip in with a goal or two as well, just look at how good his free-kick was against Liverpool a couple of weeks ago. It was truly wonderful.
What a player. He’s just an absolute rock at the back who never lets you down. Pochettino has been able to rely upon Alderweireld since the Belgian moved to Spurs in 2015. He first came to the Premier League on loan with Southampton, who did try to buy him outright but were beaten to the punch by Tottenham.
He’s a no-nonsense defender who absolutely loves a tough tackle and a competitive matchup. The £11.5million Spurs paid for the 27-year-old is such a bargain, and he’s now one of the first names on the teamsheet. His deal doesn’t run out until 2020, so the ball is firmly in Tottenham’s court, just in case there are any potential suitors sniffing around for his signature.
This young lad came to the Premier League as a relative unknown over the summer, but he quickly began to change that mindset. Right from the off, Bailly’s intentions to grow as a player became clear, as he began putting in absolutely outstanding performances that began to make the rest of the Premier League take note.
Bailly loves to defend from the front-foot, and that has meant opposing attackers have never really been able to settle on the ball before being on the receiving end of one of his crunching tackles. On top of that, he is without doubt one of the fastest centre-backs I’ve ever seen – his blistering pace even allows him to keep up with the likes of Jamie Vardy. If he continues to develop and grow, I’ve no doubts that it won’t be long before he’s one of the best on the planet.
As per usual, we have a couple of honourable mentions to take a look at. I’d have absolutely loved to throw Virgil van Dijk into the mix because he’s been sensational for Southampton this season, as has Cesar Azpilicueta for Chelsea. Shkodran Mustafi also crept into my mind, but narrowly missed out.
Are there any changes to this trio you’d make? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.