Premier League

Top 5 Defenders Who Have Created the Most Goalscoring Chances This Season in the Premier League

Mudeet Arora
Luke Shaw has been a revelation at left-back this season
Luke Shaw has been a revelation at left-back this season / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A Premier League defender, especially a full-back's role has undergone a major cultural and positional overhaul in the last few years.

Most of the teams these days heavily rely on their wing play in order to create opportunities to score goals and most of the wing-play depends on important over-lapping runs by these "defenders" or "full-backs".

We already saw Luke Shaw scoring in Manchester United's win against Manchester City on Sunday to end Guardiola's 21-match winning streak.

Shaw has been involved in the most chances created by any defender across all the 20 teams in the Premier League, with 50 chances created for Manchester United in the 2020-21 season.

Here's the list of the top 5 defenders including Shaw who make the list....

1. Luke Shaw - Manchester United - 50 chances

Luke Shaw
Shaw has created the most chances in the Premier League / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has created the most number of chances by a defender in the Premier League season up till now.

The English left-back has been in tremendous form off late and looks unstoppable when it comes to contributing in all aspects of the game for United.

2. Andy Robertson - Liverpool - 45 chances

Andrew Robertson
Andy Robertson has contributed a lot to Liverpool's attack this season / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Despite Liverpool having a pretty awful Premier League season, their full-backs continue to dazzle as their front-line continues to falter.

Scottish left-back Andy Robertson has produced a mammoth 45 chances for his teammates throughout the ongoing Premier League season and it is just awful to see most of those chances put to waste by Liverpool's forwards.

3. Trent-Alexander Arnold - Liverpool - 44 chances

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold continues to play higher up the field for most of the game / Pool/Getty Images

Another Liverpool full-back, this time from the right side of the field, Trent-Alexander Arnold has contributed to as many as 44 attacking as well as goalscoring chances this season.

At any given point of time, whenever Liverpool is attacking, one will see Trent way ahead of the half-way line.

4. Aaron Cresswell - West Ham - 39 chances

Aaron Cresswell
Aaron Cresswell is also among the best attacking fullbacks in the Premier League / Visionhaus/Getty Images

West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell is responsible for a lot of the Hammers' attacks from the wing and has already notched up creating 39 chances for his teammates from his position.

5. Joao Cancelo - Manchester City - 38 chances

Joao Cancelo
Joao Cancelo has been a revelation for Pep Guardiola's City / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Primarily a full-back who can play on either side of the pitch, Joao Cancelo has now been tried in midfield positions by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

And Cancelo has excelled in from the full-back position the most as he managed to create the fifth highest number of chances in the Premier League season up till now, with 38 chances created to his name.