Full-backs play are a great role in attack as well as in defense. They make overlapping runs trying to provide a pinpoint cross for the strikers to feed on and also come running back to stop the opposition’s wingers dribbling inside the box. Full-backs role requires a lot of strength, stamina, pace & creativity. There have been some players in the Premier League who have mastered the art of playing in these positions and in this article we will have a look at some of the best full-backs in the Premier League history.
15. John Arne Riise
Riise spent seven seasons at Anfield after joining from Norwegian club Aalesund. The 110 cap Norway international was a solid full back reknowed for his hammer like left foot.
He made 234 appearances for the Reds and was part of the team that famously won the Champions League in 2004, although he will probably be most widely remembered by Liverpool fans for almost breaking the net with this thunderbastard of a free-kick against the Anfield club’s arch rivals Man United.
He left Liverpool in 2008 for Serie A side Roma, before returning to the Premier League in 2011 and playing for Fulham for three seasons.
14. Graeme Le Saux
Le Saux has the ability to bomb forward and deliver dangerous crosses, Le Saux was a rock-solid defender and prevented many goals in his time. He lifted the Premier League trophy with Blackburn and established himself as one of the country’s top defenders.
Player of Chelsea’s youth system, Graeme Le Saux was re-signed by Chelsea in 1997. Graeme went on to lift the League Cup, UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup and the FA Cup with the Blues in the coming years.
The Cameroonian international was part of the famous ‘Invincibles’ team. A midfielder by trade, Lauren was converted into an attacking right-back at North London. Despite an injury-laden career, the defender made the most of his chances and excelled in the roles assigned to him.
Lauren played a total of 159 games for Arsenal, scoring on seven occasions, including a fabulous strike against Liverpool in what was his second game for the club. Two league titles, three FA Cups and two Community Shield titles were some his major accomplishments in England.
12. Bacary Sagna
Blessed with pace, Sagna could go on marauding runs down the right flank and cause havoc in the opposition’s defence. His crossing ability is spot-on and has assisted many goals during his stay in England.
For a player of his magnitude, trophies have eluded him as he has only lifted the FA Cup (once, with Arsenal in 2014) and the League Cup (once, with City in 2016)
11. Kyle Walker
That trademark pace and power in attack have made Walker one of the best right-back in the world right now. After spending years with Tottenham Hotspur, Walker is now one of the major player of Pep Guardiola’s Man City. Last season they went on to accumulate 100 points in a season – a PL record.