Strong defense is key for any team with title aspirations heading into the new campaign, and a team’s left back plays a crucial role in both attacking and defending their team.
101 have already covered the best right backs in the division, which you can read about here.
Reading: Best left back in premier league
Now it’s time to turn our attention to the other flank, and there are plenty of options to choose from. we look at the top 5 below.
5. lucas shaw
It was a torrid season for Luke Shaw both individually and collectively with his Manchester United team-mates, but he still remained one of the top names on team sheets when in form.
His 20 top flight appearances yielded just 3 assists, and he struggled as part of a Red Devils defense that conceded more than relegated Burnley in 2021-22. however, his quality has not disappeared overnight, and the 26-year-old still has the best of his career ahead of him.
The Englishman may find his place on the threatened side with new boss Erik Ten Hag, however the Dutchman’s first summer signing was Tyrell Malacia, traditionally a left-back by trade.
If he could fight that competition, Shaw would surely be confident that he can put his bad season behind him and return to his best form in a united jersey.
4. ben chilwell
Chilwell’s inclusion is based more on reputation than his departures last season, due to an ACL injury that saw him miss much of Chelsea’s campaign.
Before that, however, he had proven his quality in spades, having scored 3 goals and 1 assist in the six Premier League games he managed to play last season.
Knee injuries are always a bit of a lottery as to whether a player will be able to get back to his previous best, but if he does, he’ll be one to see next season.
3. pomace cucurella
The place where Marc Cucurella will play his football next season is still up in the air, as Manchester City are interested in the man from Brighton after just one season with the Seagulls.
and it’s clear why, with cucurella standing out for graham potter’s team after his signing from getafe, despite registering only one goal and one assist for his team.
however, his contribution to the team was recognised, as he picked up the player of the year award at the amex stadium, and his rise to stardom could well see him at the etihad at the end of the transfer window.
2. andy robertson
Scotland captain and a vital part of Jurgen Klopp’s defence, Andy Robertson is one of the best defenders in world football.
although liverpool ultimately fell short in their quest for the premier league and champions league titles, it was not for lack of contribution from the 28-year-old, with his 29 premier league appearances scoring 3 goals and 10 assists for the merseyside team.
Now, with a capable back-up in the form of Kostas Tsimikas, Robbo may be given more rest, but he will certainly remain a key player in all the big games the outfield team plays.
The right back is so good he tops the list of left backs, Cancelo is the ultimate utility player and is only ostensibly deployed as a left back.
The 28-year-old had a stormy season for the Premier League champions, with a goal and seven assists to his name as Manchester City battled the loss of Benjamin Mendy due to rape charges.
cancelo filled the void and more, becoming a key pillar of pep guardiola’s construction game. Whether he can keep his form or, indeed, the number of minutes, with a rumored move for another left back in the works for the champions, he remains to be seen.
however, in terms of sheer skill and based on his form last season, he comfortably tops this list.