The Chelsea man comes out on top in three main categories versus league rivals.

Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates scoring their second goal

Chelsea defender César Azpilicueta comes out on top in nearly half the main categories as statistically the best Premier League full-back, after 10 games this season.

According to WhoScored, the Spaniard pips his main competition – mainly across London – as the being the most effective player it that role.

Azpilicueta is pushed close by Tottenham Hostpur duo Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin.

At a basic level, both the Blues defender and Walker have five clean sheets, however the latter has the one more assist.

Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Tottenham’s Kyle Walker

Despite keeping just a single clean sheet, since Antonio Conte changed to 3-4-3 system, Azpilicueta has not conceded in 360 minutes of domestic action. 

Since moving from Olympique Marseille in 2012, the Spanish international has made 131 appearances in West-London, keeping 44 clean sheets over the last four seasons.

Utilized on the right of a front three, the majority of the 27 year-old’s shut-outs have come from a less buccaneering role. Nevertheless, his flexibility to play anywhere across a back three, four of even five, has given Chelsea a steadiness previously bereft.  

His pass success ratio reflects that. With an average of 87.5%, Azpilicueta beats Bellerin’s 84.9 and Walker’s 82.8. Considering Mauricio Pochettino’s fluid system, the Spaniard’s numbers are impressive.

Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta in action

The Chelsea man also has won most aerial duels out of the four, winning an average of 1.6 per game.

Interestingly, Danny Rose tops the tackling charts not just in terms of full-backs, but across the entire Spurs back line. Rose averages a weighty 3.8 tackles a game – albeit having played four games less. Azpilicueta comes in with 2.6.

Tottenham’s Danny Rose in action with Bournemouth’s Harry Arter

It is Bellerin who has made more interceptions on average, however the Gunners defender’s chances of winning this particular argument are harmed by his poor tackling average and lesser aerial ability, with just 0.8 for each attribute respectively.

Both Walker and Azpilicueta are tied on an average of 1.6 interceptions per game, although the Spurs’ right-back narrowly pips his cross-city rival by just 0.1 on total clearances with 3.3, at this stage of the campaign.

The debate between Kyle Walker and Cesar Azpilicueta is perhaps arbitrary, given that Spurs are likely to employ a back four for the majority of the season, in contrast to Conte’s back three system.

The latter however, has seen off the competition of both Filipe Luis on the left and now seemingly of Branislav Ivanovic on the opposite flank. The versatile defender now seems untouchable in the maturity and composure stakes for his club.

Pipping Walker 3:2 also, is enough to crown Azpilicueta as most accomplished full-back so far this term.

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