Sometimes looked upon as the final bastion of defence, but always a useful outlet in terms of attack, modern football’s full-back is arguably one of the most demanding positions. Some players rose to the occasion and had successful careers while playing as a full-back while others have failed miserably. Regardless of the era, the following players have all been great influencers of elevating the left-back role to another level.
Here are the five best left-backs in Premier League history:
#1 Ashley Cole
When we talk about the best ever English full-backs in the world, the name Ashley Cole resonates in everyone’s mind. Currently playing for Western Conference giants LA Galaxy, Cole created a legacy during his time at Arsenal and Chelsea. Having played for these top-tier clubs, one can probably guess the quality he possesses.
Playing as a left-back for club and country, Cole wore the number three jersey and was certainly a big money player, justifying his price tag met by Chelsea. With one of the best-attacking styles combined with rock solid defence, The Englishman was one of the only few people who dared to challenge the skills and trickery of Cristiano Ronaldo and succeeded.
Cole managed to win three Premier League titles, one Champions League winners medal, and four FA cups in his spell in England. All in all, Cole was probably the finest left back to surface for the country.