It is only a few months into the new 2020/2021 Premier League season, but there are already thrills and surprises which the English League is known for. The Premier League has many good defenders that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with highly-rated defenders around the world. However, here are top five best defenders in the Premier League this season that formed our list. Our list of the best Premier League defenders us made up of new signings, rejuvenated centre-backs and youngsters. Read on to find out.


Top 5 Best Defenders in the Premier League 2021.

This is the list of the best central defenders in the Premier League based on their performance so far this season. This list of the top defenders in the EPL is in no particular order.

1. Ruben Dias – Manchester City

Ruben Dias Man City

Ruben Dias is arguably the current best defender in the Premier League. He has been solid in defence for Manchester Ciry and helped them claim numerous clean sheets this season. The 23-year-old centre-back was recently named the Manchester City Player of the Month for November 2020, following his very strong defensive performances for the club.

The Portuguese international has no doubt improved the defense of Manchester City since he was signed in the summer windowm. He has been in fantastic form this season. He has played 16 matches so far, and has a pass completion rate of 93% in the EPL. He is also dominant in aerial duels.

He cost Manchester City of €68 million (£61.64 million), to sign him from Benfica, and he has defended the price tag with brilliant performances. He is definitely among the top EPL defenders for 2021.

2. John Stones – Manchester City

John Stones

The Englishman is among the best defenders in the Premier League. He can read the game and know where to be on the pitch at the right time. He distributes the ball brilliantly and makes accurate passes. He is physically strong and good in the air. He has formed a formidable partnership with Ruben Dias at the heart of Manchester City’s defence. He is even scoring a lot of goals this season, with two goals to his name is 10 appearances so far.

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3. Toby Alderweireld -Tottenham

Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld has no doubt been a phenomenal defender for Tottenham Hotspurs. He is among the best ball-playing defenders in England and creative at passing the ball from the back. Besides Manchester City, Tottenham has the best defensive record in the Premier League this season and that is partly due to Alderweireld’ brilliant performances.

The Belgian’s excellent positioning makes it easy for him to intercept oppositions attack while his pace is also an advantage. His performances have not gone unnoticed as he has attracted the interest of top clubs around Europe.

4. Harry Maguire – Manchester United

Harry Maguire Manchester United

The 27-year-old English defender has been able to establish himself in Manchester United’s defence. The former Leicester City man is not just the most expensive defender in the world, but has become a dominant force in United’s backline. He is a tough tackler, with good positioning, composure on the ball is excellent and also has good passing skills. Harry Maguire’s rise to the top has shown he can improve and has the potential to be a great defender for the Red Devils. 

5. Wesley Fofana – Leicester City

Wesley Fofana
Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana has the ability to become one of the best defenders in Premier League. The French International has become a strong force at the centre of Leicester City’s defence. He is a good passer of the ball and a brilliant tackler with an average of 1.8 tackles per game. The young centre-back is calm with the ball at his feet and can initiate attack from the back. Fofana has averaged 4.6 ball clearances and 0.9 blocks per game this season. He also has the second-best average number of interceptions in the EPL (2.6) this season.


Other Honorable Mentions:

  • Liam Cooper – Leeds United
  • Tosin Adarabioyo – Fulham
  • James Tarkowski – Burnley
  • Ben Mee – Burnley
  • Gabriel Magalhães – Arsenal
  • Federico Fernández – Newcastle United
  • Fabián Balbuena – West Ham United.
  • Kortney Hause – Aston Villa
  • Jannik Vestergaard – Southampton.


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