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The three best full-backs in the Premier League this season

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Continuing on with our ‘three best' series, we're now moving onto the wingbacks following looking at the most talented goalkeepers and central defenders. As always, take the list with a pinch of salt, as it's just our opinion and simply nothing more than that.

Kyle Walker

So much of Tottenham's play comes from the right and left defenders, and it's no coincidence that all four of Tottenham's full-backs can play at an extremely high level. I had to pick one, and I've gone for the Englishman, Kyle Walker.

His biggest asset is that blistering pace he has. It allows him to bomb on forward at any given opportunity and offer himself as an outlet offensively, whilst knowing that he has the speed to chase down even the quickest of wingers in the country.

This season, the 26-year-old has been simply outstanding. At times in the past, he has been accused of inconsistency, but with the help of Pochettino, he seems to have ironed out those problems. In my opinion, this man should be a regular in the England set up as well.

Antonio Valencia

As we all know, Manchester United signed Antonio Valencia as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. For the first few years of his Old Trafford career, the Ecuadorian was deployed as a right-winger and for the most part, he did very well.

However, over time, Louis van Gaal decided to convert him to a right-back and this move has simply worked wonders. On the face of it, he looks perfect for that position. He's quick, possesses great strength and power, and doesn't mind a tackle either. On top of that, he's brilliant in a positional sense.

The only knock on the Red Devils man is that he is so one footed it can hamper him at times. I've watched him a lot this season, and the 31-year-old is obviously trying to work hard to rectify that, and fair play to him.

Marcos Alonso

Nobody expected much of Marcos Alonso when Chelsea made the move for the Spaniard, but he's been simply sublime. The question is, does he really count as a fullback or a wing-back? Either way, I'm including him on this list. The 26-year-old from Madrid came in from Fiorentina for around £24million, and he would become key as Conte moved to that five-at-the-back formation.

He has been Mr Reliable and has played in nineteen league games since his arrival on transfer deadline day. Alonso is a willing runner with plenty of intelligence on and off the ball, and he's taken to the Premier League like a duck to water.

On top of that, he has proven he can chip in with a goal or two as well, with four strikes in the English top division already – which is a ratio better than a goal every four games. Seriously, massive credit to Conte for trusting him, and I've got huge admiration for Marcos Alonso for coming in and doing such a wonderful job.

Honourable mentions

This really was a tough category to select from as there as so many brilliant talents out there right now. I would've loved to have included Danny Rose in this, who is absolutely playing out of his skin at the moment. Nathaniel Clyne is another player I looked at, but I just feel the other three have been in better form. Last but not least, Hector Bellerin of Arsenal deserves an honourable mention, but he's been hit and miss at times.

Check out our other categories in this series:

Goalkeepers – click here.

Centre-backs – click here.

Don't agree? Let us know your three best fullbacks in the league this season.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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