Azpilicueta, Rose or Cresswell – Who was London’s best left-back this weekend?

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We take a look at which left-back from Chelsea, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur came out on top this weekend.

In the round of Premier League fixtures this weekend, we take a look at which left-back from London came out on top as the most impressive.

Our nominees for this weekend are Chelsea left-back Cesar Azpilicueta, Tottenham Hotspur youngster Danny Rose and West Ham United’s summer signing Aaron Cresswell.

  TeamPosWon TackleInterception WonEffective ClearanceError Lead To ShotTotal Fwd Zone PassPass CompletionAppsMins
Danny Rose Spurs DF 4 4 4 0 14 70% 1 83
Aaron Cresswell West Ham DF 2 0 4 0 32 82% 1 90
César Azpilicueta Chelsea DF 0 5 3 0 38 94% 1 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, each left-back came out on top in different categories as they took on their responsibilities well.

In the North London derby, Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose was tasked with stopping the lightning-quick Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in front of a ferocious Arsenal crowd.

Despite the latter getting on the score sheet and denying Spurs all three points, Rose’s overall performance was impressive as he recorded four tackles, four interceptions and four clearances.

He remained concentrated at the back, although his ability to play the ball out from the back needs some work as he completed just 14 forward passes and recorded a 70% success rate on all passes intended.

Verdict: 7.5

West Ham United’s summer signing Aaron Cresswell has settled in well at Upton Park, looking every bit like a Premier League pro.

The arrival from Ipswich Town was up against a top heavy Manchester United side consisting of star players such as Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria and performed superbly.

He made two tackles, four effective clearances and did his fair share of attacking down the Hammers' left flank as he made a total of 32 forward passes.

With a pass success rate of 82% in a largely direct-minded side, many more performances of this ilk and he could be in line for a possible future England call-up.

Verdict 7.5

Chelsea left-back Cesar Azpilicueta is the final name to be nominated as London’s best left-back over the weekend following his superb performance against Aston Villa.

The Blues ran out comfortable 3-0 winners with Azpilicueta showing exactly why he’s keeping new signing Filipe Luis out of the starting XI.

The Spanish international made five interceptions, three effective clearances whilst maintaining a 94% pass completion rate as he linked up with Eden Hazard on a number of occasions.

Aside from a defensive masterclass, Azpilicueta made two key passes for Jose Mourinho’s side and put in a performance deserving of the MOTM award.

Verdict: 8.5

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