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Top Ten Premier League Defenders Of The Season Based On Stats

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Laurent Koscielny of Premier League side Arsenal reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

With the Premier League season coming to a close, champions Leicester City are set for their 2-game lap of honour beginning with a match in front of their own fans on Saturday against Everton.

Likely to play is Wes Morgan, one half of an formidable defensive unit with former Chelsea man Robert Huth. Despite this, only one of the two was named on the PFA Team of the Year – that particular honour going to captain Morgan.

A big reason for Huth’s omission was the fact that Tottenham have conceded fewer goals than the champions – it was therefore only right that the star of Spurs’ defence, Toby Alderweireld took his place in the side also.

But whose argument do the stats back up? Was Huth robbed of a place or were Morgan, Alderweireld, Héctor Bellerín and Danny Rose statistically the best four defenders in their respective roles this season?

Using the EA Sports Player Performance Index, a better reading can be gained of just how good these defenders have been for their clubs.

 

10. Robert Huth (Leicester City)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Robert Huth (R) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mate Danny Drinkwater (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

PL Apps 15/16: 35  PPI Index Score: 439

9. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 2, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 31  PPI Index: 452

8. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and FC Bayern Munchen at Emirates Stadium on October 20, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

PL Apps: 35  PPI Index: 460

7. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)

during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on November 8, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

PL Apps: 34  PPI Index: 464

6. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23:  Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United is challenged by Jesus Navas of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground on January 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 34  PPI Index: 465

5. Charlie Daniels (AFC Bournemouth)

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Charlie Daniels (L) of Bournemouth celebrates scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and A.F.C. Bournemouth at The Hawthorns on December 19, 2015 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 35  PPI Index: 466

4. Ashley Williams (Swansea)

SWANSEA, WALES - JANUARY 10:  Ashley Williams of Swansea in action during  the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 36  PPI Index: 467

3. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Hector Bellerin of Arsenal is chased by Sandro of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 34  PPI Index: 484

2. Wes Morgan (Leicester City)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Wes Morgan of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on May 1, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 36  PPI Index: 496

1. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on September 26, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PL Apps: 36  PPI: 569

The results show that the PFA Premier League Team of the Year choices were largely spot, on with the top three all being selected by their peers – though of three two left backs on this list, Danny Rose is nowhere to be found (he was 31st incidentally, behind yet more left backs such as Christian Fuchs, Aleksandar Kolarov, César Azpilicueta, Alberto Moreno, Erik Pieters and Ryan Bertrand).

Interestingly, the top ten has a large Arsenal contingent. The Gunners have a competent – if not spectacular – goals concession rate in comparison to the other teams in the top five so to see that individually they are playing well raises some questions.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.