Top 10 Best Defenders In The Premier League 2020 {Centre Backs}

List of the best defenders in the premier league 2020 so far. As the football game being a game of entertainment and fun for the fans so it serves as a game of competition for the players involved. There are notably lots of players involved in the football game across the world of which all cannot be the best at their respective positions, which is why some players have been set aside as the best in their various positions and divisions. For today we are going to check out the top 10 defenders of the premier league.

Despite their charm and good looks, Premier League attackers have no mercy. Like Lions on the prowl, they are quite happy to tear any team and any goal to pieces. You do not send Sheep to stop Lions, and you do not send Chickens to stop Eagles.  Give Attackers an inch and they will take nine. Don’t give them an inch and they will still take nine. That is why you need defenders that are able, powerful, and outright intimidating to keep your team and your reputation intact. In this article, we look at defenders who have the might, the speed and the resolution to match these lions one on one. These are the Top 10 Best Defenders in the Premier League for 2020.

Top 10 Best Defenders In The Premier League 2020 {Centre Backs}

Rank No. Defender’s Name Club
1.  Virgil Van Dijk  Liverpool
2.  John Egan  Sheffield United
3.  Joe Gomez  Liverpool
4.  Conor Coady  Wolverhampton Wanderers
5.  Jonny Evans  Leicester City
6.  Ben Mee  Burnley
7.  Tyrone Mings  Aston Villa
8.  Nathan Ake  Bournemouth
9.  Caglar Soyuncu  Leicester City
10.  Toby Alderweireld  Tottenham Hotspur

Now we head into proper details of the best defenders in the premier league as we get to know more about these football professionals.

Top 10 Best Defenders In The Premier League 2020 {Centre Backs}

Virgil Van Dijk

1. Virgil Van Dijk

    • Full Name: Virgil Van Dijk
    • Date of Birth: 8th of July, 1991
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Place of Birth: Breda, Netherlands
    • Playing position: Centre Back

Virgil Van Dijk is a professional Netherland football Player that handles the role of a center back defender in the premier league and also plays for the Netherland National Team as their Captain. Virgil van Dijk started his football career in the year 2011 with the Groningen and later on moved to Celtic in the year 2013, where he aided the team in winning the Scottish Premiership and he was named in the PFA Scotland team of the year. Later on, in September 2015, he moved on to the premier league side “Southampton” and in the year 2018, he joined Liverpool for a transfer fee of £75 million which was a world record transfer fee for a defender.

Speaking of international career, this amazing star being one of the best defenders in the premier league made his international debut for the Netherland National team in the year 2015 and he earned the captain title for his national team in the year 2018, but before making a senior team debut for the Netherland National team, he already played his role for the Netherland U-19 team in the year 2011 and Netherland U-21 National Team in the year 2013, before finally making a senior team debut for the Netherland National team.

Having been voted the PFA Player of the Year for the 2018/2019 season, Virgil van Dyke is the obvious choice for the number one spot on this list, and on any similar list worth its salt. Right now he has a solid claim to being the best defender in the whole world, with his contributions to the Liverpool cause.

With an average of 5 clearances per game, he makes all the difference defensively for this Liverpool side, giving them the most impenetrable defense in the English Premier League. Virgil van Dyke is a leader of men, verbally dictating to teammates where they should be, rallying the troops, making sure their morale and awareness stay high.

2. John Egan

    • Full Name: John Egan
    • Date of Birth: October 20th, 1992
    • Nationality: Irish
    • Place of Birth: Cork, Ireland
    • Playing position: Defender

Sheffield United’s John Egan has been one of the recent revelations in the English League, and you just cannot miss him if you are a true follower of the League. The Irishman has really excelled in stamping his presence in games and making his goal area a no go area. He has supreme confidence and marks attackers boldly, even star attackers with mad skills. John Egan is not afraid of dribbles and will continue to stay on an attacker until he has proven his point. John Egan is very good in the air and has very good positioning. His concentration is also top-notch, helping him to read the game excellently well.

3. Joe Gomez

    • Full Name: Joe Gomez
    • Date of Birth: May 23rd, 1997
    • Nationality: British
    • Place of Birth: Catford London, UK
    • Playing position: Centre Back

Joe Gomez is the defense partner to Virgil Van Dijk at Liverpool Football Club. As you might understand, when you play with a bigger star it becomes more difficult for people to actually see your contributions to the team. Never the less, we know that Joe Gomez is brave- maybe even braver than Virgil Van Dyke because it is Joe Gomez that actually charges at attackers, while Virgil Van Dyke acts as a sweeper most of the times, cleaning up loose balls, and using his imposing height to clear aerial balls. 

4. Conor Coady

    • Full Name: Conor Coady
    • Date of Birth: February 25th, 1993
    • Nationality: British
    • Place of Birth: Liverpool, UK
    • Playing position: Defender

Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanders is a pillar at the Giant Killing Wolves outfit. He soaks a lot of pressure from opposite attackers. The Englishman has the mentality of a champion and has been absolutely phenomenal for his team. He has the endurance and can play every game of the season seemingly without tiring. Conor Coady is good in the air and has very good passing. When he gets the ball he quickly passes to an available teammate with the inevitable result that the ball goes deep into the opponent’s danger area. Wolverhampton Wanders have perfected the art of counter-attacking football, and Conor Coady is well adapted to this style. Even if he leaves Wolves he would be better suited to a team that plays a similar counter-attacking football.

5. Jonny Evans

    • Full Name: Jonathan Grant Evans
    • Date of Birth: January 3rd, 1988
    • Nationality: British/Nothern Irish
    • Place of Birth: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Playing position: Defender

Johnny Evans is an important part of Leicester City’s success. He is a defensive stalwart who is absolutely dominant in the air. Johnny Evans is very aware, and he reads the danger exceedingly well, covering the gaps and making sure that there is no way in for the attacking opponents. His passing accuracy is phenomenal; he rarely ever wastes balls. 

Johnny Evans is a hard worker; even when Leicester City are up against superior opponents that put them under pressure, the veteran Johnny Evans stands tall, fighting for every ball, showing that he will not be intimidated no matter what! 

6. Ben Mee

    • Full Name: Benjamin Thomas Mee
    • Date of Birth: September 21st, 1989
    • Nationality: English
    • Place of Birth: Sale, UK
    • Playing position: Defender

Burnley’s Captain Benjamin Mee comes next on our list. We think that above all else he has a strong character. Ben Mee is a big part of this Burnley side that plays without fear regardless of whether they are playing a big or small team.

Burnley is a side that plays a compact style of football, and so while Ben Mee is actually a Centre Back, he is often seen helping out wherever the need may be. He is strong, quick, has great awareness, and is very good at blocking shots, literally throwing his body in the way. As we mentioned before the man has a strong character; and it is that character that makes him keep fighting; refusing to accept defeat- he is everything a captain should be. 

7. Tyrone Mings

    • Full Name: Tyrone Deon Mings
    • Date of Birth: March 13th, 1993
    • Nationality: English
    • Place of Birth: Bath, UK
    • Playing position: Centre Back

Tall, athletic, and bouncy is The bushy-haired Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa Football Club. He is not the star man of the team, but he doesn’t seem to be bothered by any of that.

Tyrone Mings is quite happy to do his part to keep his team moving forward without necessarily being in the spotlight. He reads the danger very well and is very brave when throwing himself in front of a shot. With his great height (6ft 5in) he is absolutely dominant in the air and even uses this advantage in the opponent’s box, getting some goals for his team. One of his strengths is his ability to fling in long balls to teammates, as they often try to catch opponents with counter-attacks. 

8. Nathan Ake

    • Full Name: Nathan Benjamin Ake
    • Date of Birth: February 18th, 1995
    • Nationality: Dutch
    • Place of Birth: The Hague, Netherlands
    • Playing position: Central Defender

Nathan Ake is a joy to watch. He can be described as a skillful defender, who sweats the shirt for the good of the team.

The Dutchman who currently plays for AFC Bournemouth has many attributes to talk about; courage, dribbling ability, and versatility. He loves to join the attack as they go on the rampage in search of goals, and he does get his name on the scoreboard enough times to have bragging rights over his fellow center backs. 

9. Caglar Soyuncu

    • Full Name: Caglar Soyuncu
    • Date of Birth: May 23rd, 1996
    • Nationality: Turkish
    • Place of Birth: Izmir, Turkey
    • Playing position: Defender

Caglar Soyuncu, also of Leicester City football club makes our list as perhaps the most improved defender of recent times. The Turk has grown into a pillar of defense at the club, and together with Johnny Evans has built a solid defense partnership rarely to be beaten. His strengths include aerial prowess, the ability to block incoming shots and clear the ball far away from the danger area, thus giving the team a few minutes to breathe. Caglar Soyuncu has a good ability to read danger, and he has a very good understanding of Johnny Evans with whom he works as a unit. He has a good deal of mental strength, which is necessary for getting any laurels, especially as Leicester City is not exactly intimidating to other teams.

Toby Alderweireld

10. Toby Alderweireld

    • Full Name: Tobias Albertine Maurits Alderweireld
    • Date of Birth: 2nd of March, 1989
    • Place of Birth: Belgium
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Playing position: Centre Back

Tobias Albertine Maurits Alderweireld started his youth football career in the year 1999 with Germinal Berachot where he spent 4 years and was transferred to Ajax where he notably spent 4 years also, before heading to make his senior team debut as a professional with the same Club in the year 2008 where he made in total 128 appearances for the team and scored seven goals before heading to the side of one of the La Liga Giants “Atletico Madrid” where he made just 12 appearances in total for the team as he was loaned out to the premier league side “Southampton” in the year 2014 and he made 26 appearances for the premier league side club. Later on, he was finally released from the La Liga side to join the premier league side Tottenham Hotspur in the year 2015.

At international levels, this star is one of the best defenders in the premier league is relentless as he made his first national team debut for the Belgium Under-15 team in the year 2004 of which he made 3 appearances and scored 1 goal, in the same year 2004, he also played for the Under-16 National team, later on the following year he was promoted to the under-17 team where he made 17 appearances and scored 3 goals, then finally in the year 2009 he made his professional debut for the Belgium National team.

Jan Vertoghen’s Belgium teammate is also his defensive partner at Tottenham Hotspurs and even though it is not possible to mention one with the other, Toby Alderweireld makes this list on merit. With a total of 4656 minutes, he has been an integral part of Tottenham’s brilliant run of form both in the English Premier League and in the Champions League.

Alderweireld is rarely caught out of position even when he overlaps to assist the attackers because his tracking back is very good. He is comfortable playing as part of a back three or a back four. He is a very confident passer of the ball, always sending long diagonal balls to the flanks. His passing this season scored 88 percent accuracy.

He gave a total of 28 shots this season and 7 of them were shots on target. With Tottenham finishing the season in the 4th position, he will again feature in the Champions League next season.

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Conclusion On Top 10 Defenders In The Premier League

Football lovers never get anything less from great competitive players as listed above; these players are rated by their great performances in the premier league and hereby termed the best defenders in the premier league.

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