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Premier League TOTS so far (Defence)

GK - Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)


The Argentine shot-stopper as played every game since Gameweek 2, keeping a league leading 8 clean sheets. He has been a revelation to a villa side which really struggled to keep out goals in the previous campaign. Fluctuating between Tom Heaton, Pepe Reina and Orjan Nyland the Birmingham based team conceded 67 goals in 38 games. They kept only 7 clean sheets, a total already overtaken by the current side.


Martinez has made 45 saves, as well as one penalty stop denying John Lundstram from the spot.


In 14 appearances, Martinez has only conceded 14 goals, a fantastic record in comparison to the villa goal-keepers from the 19/20 season.


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RB - Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)


The youthful saints full-back has impressed this season, helping Southampton to their best start in the Premier League since its creation in 1992/93. Walker-Peters spend a large majority of the 19/20 season on loan from Spurs, however, in the summer transfer window he signed a 5-year contract with the saints.


Walker-Peters gives England manager Gareth Southgate more tricky decisions with who to play at RB for the upcoming European Championships. Southgate has plenty of options at his disposal; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, James Justin, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker.


He has played every minute in the league this season and has an impressive 7 clean sheets in those 16 matches. The saints have only conceded 19 goals in this campaign, thanks to the help of Alex McCarthy, Jan Bednarek, Ryan Bertrand and Jannik Vestergaard accompanying walker-peters in the defensive line.


Walker-Peters has shown promise in the attacking third of the pitch, providing 2 assists, he is still without a senior goal for any club.

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LB - Ben Chilwell (Chelsea)


A tough call to make between the Englishman and the Scotsman, Andy Robertson. Although Robertson hasn't played his best football for Liverpool this season, he has still shown why he is deserves to be the best left-back in world football. Some would argue that this title deserves to be given to Alphonso Davies, influential in Bayern Munich's European and Domestic success.


Chilwell arrived from Leicester City in the summer transfer window for a fee of 50m pounds, signing a 5-year contract with the Blues.


He has been Southgate's no.1 pick for his England starting XI and he has shown why in the early stages of this Premier League season.


In 12 starts for the club he has conceded only 12 goals, keeping 5 clean sheets in the process. He joins a hybrid of experience and youth in the Chelsea defence, with veteran Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma playing centre-back and young RB Reece James playing on the opposite flank. They have played most of the season in front of the in-form Senegalese Goal-Keeper Edouard Mendy.


Like Walker-Peters, he has delivered for Chelsea in the final third, netting twice and providing 4 assists. One can only imagine that when the German Timo Werner puts on his shooting boots that Chilwell will record plenty more assists.



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RCB - Thiago Silva (Chelsea)


Chilwell is joined by fellow team-mate and extremely experience Thiago Silva. In his career, Silva has won 30 trophies, with his previous clubs; Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Fluminense.


At the age of 36, the Brazilian has played with some of the most iconic players to have graced the game. He has played alongside Paulo Maldini, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso and David Beckham.


In his young Chelsea career, Silva has won 44 duels, scored 2 goals and conceded only 11 goals. He has been given the Captain's armband on occasions when current club captain Jorginho was not in the matchday squad, he has provided valuable experience to other centre-backs, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen.



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LCB - Fabinho (Liverpool)


The Brazilian is not a natural CB, most of his career he has played in the holding midfield role. Injuries to Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez have left the centre of Liverpool's defence vulnerable. A plethora of options in the midfield has allowed Jurgen Klopp to slot Fabinho alongside Joel Matip or Nathaniel Phillips.


Despite the hardship of playing out of position this season, Fabinho has excelled in the league. He has played 900 minutes at CB, keeping 5 clean sheets and conceding only 5 goals.


He has been influential for Liverpool this season, despite their significant injuries, they are still at the top of the table. They face their biggest fixture of the season on the 17th January against Manchester United who are hot on their heels.



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Close Calls:


There have been several stand-out performers in defence and in-goal this season, aside from those previously mentioned.


GK - Karl Darlow (Newcastle)

RB - James Justin (Leicester)

LB - Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

RCB - Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

LCB - Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)





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