The Premier League has produced a number of world-class right-backs in recent seasons. When you consider the world-class talent that the Premier League attracts from around the world, it’s tough to imagine a top-tier club lacking in this area.
We won’t look at every right-back in the Premier League; instead, we’ll focus on the best of the best. This role necessitates players to labour in a variety of ways.
Without further ado, here are our Premier League Team of the Season right-back picks:
The Japan international wasn’t well-known, and the £16 million price tag appeared excessive. In the Premier League, however, Tomiyasu has more than held his own.
He’s made the right-back position his own at Arsenal, with only 17 appearances due to injuries. The majority of Arsenal’s aerial clashes and duels are won by the number 18 player.
Tomiyasu had 21 headed clearances in his 17 games as a fullback, which is a lot for a fullback.
Nelson Semedo has been a quiet presence at Wolverhampton Wanderers. His defensive improvements have been noticeable this season, as he is a key component of Bruno Lage’s Premier League-leading fourth-best defence.
In his 24 outings, the former Barcelona player has only conceded 19 goals. Semedo is also not afraid to attack, as evidenced by his maurading up and down the right sideline.
This list must include any defender who can force Joao Cancelo to play out of position. Kyle Walker of Manchester City has done just that. Because Walker has been unstoppable this season, Joao Cancelo has had to make do with playing at left-back.
Over the last several seasons, the Englishman has significantly improved his defensive game. Manchester City have only surrendered 14 goals this season while the England international has been on the field.
Walker’s ability to play in a back three allows the Cityzens to push another man forward and assist in managing games more effectively. Walker, who is frequently mentioned when the subject of the Premier League’s fastest player comes up, appears to be improving with age.
Reece Before suffering an injury midway through the season, James was on his way to the top of this list. The 22-year-old is claiming the right-back position with five goals and six assists.
During the Englishman’s injury, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta filled in for him. Despite the ample cover, James’ attacking ability was sorely missed.
Chelsea’s form dipped during this time of injury, and they were no longer in contention for the Premier League title. James’ defending is nothing to be concerned about, as he has a 79 percent tackle success rate.
Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool, who wears number 66, has to be ranked first. The England international leads the Premier League in assists and is an important part of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool style.
Alexander-Arnold has pushed on this season, and his defensive work has vastly improved, with only 19 goals against in 29 matches.
The Englishman, who is still only 23, is on his way to becoming one of Liverpool’s best players. He is a continuous source of ammunition for the likes of Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Diogo Jota, and he already has a senior role in the team.