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)
PL Apps 15/16: 35 PPI Index Score: 439
9. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
PL Apps: 31 PPI Index: 452
8. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
PL Apps: 35 PPI Index: 460
7. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
PL Apps: 34 PPI Index: 464
6. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)
PL Apps: 34 PPI Index: 465
5. Charlie Daniels (AFC Bournemouth)
PL Apps: 35 PPI Index: 466
4. Ashley Williams (Swansea)
PL Apps: 36 PPI Index: 467
3. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)
PL Apps: 34 PPI Index: 484
2. Wes Morgan (Leicester City)
PL Apps: 36 PPI Index: 496
1. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)
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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