This weekend saw an impressive return from the Premier League’s defenders. Leighton Baines, Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans and Jose Fonte were all names on that list while Steven Caulker’s delightful back-heel was the pick of the bunch.
What do you mean he didn’t mean it? It was a stunning finish, with tongue placed firmly in cheek.
In the past we have had our fair share of goalscoring defenders. Brede Hangeland, Joleon Lescott and Gary Cahill love to marauder forward from the back especially for set-pieces.
The bygone era of Denis Irwin, Steve Bruce and David Unsworth seems to have passed but who is in with a shout of the accolade of top scoring defender this season.
I am not a betting man but I can openly admit to having a flutter on the Serbian being the league’s top scoring defender this season; a wager that at the moment seems to be a great gamble. I won’t go into all the finances but I am expecting a return of three figures if he does produce the goods.
He finished last season in a rich vein of scoring form and this year he has three so far. With Chelsea’s free flowing but narrow style it gives him ample opportunities to get forward from right-back and at the moment looks the leading contender.
Pre-season favourite most likely, indeed he was the player receiving the shortest odds and considering his proficiency from set-pieces it is a fact you can understand. His cool finish against Wigan at the weekend was his second of the season following from his run and finish against Newcastle United.
He came close at the weekend and has already tucked away two finishes this season. While some may argue his ‘defender’ tag considering his attacking propensity he is a right back after all and has thrown himself in the frame for this season.
Grabbed one goal against Manchester United and the Belgian will also get the occasional chance from set-pieces. Playing at centre-back he will get opportunities from corner’s and at left back he can get into attacking positions. Not only this but his flexibility may give him midfield opportunities where he can steal a march on his rivals.
While Jose Fonte grabbed two goals to put his hat in the ring at the weekend the Dutch defender added another own-goal to his collection. Could he score more own goals then a single defender manages to score in the opposing net?
Other options include Kompany, Vermaelen, Clark, Agger and Jagielka… but who do you think will be the Premier League’s top scoring defender this season?
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