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3 insanely fast defenders in world football

Ronnie Evans
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Keeping things neat at the back remains a key aspect of the game
Keeping things neat at the back remains a key aspect of the game

In football, the role of a defender has always been vital. While a lot of attention has been given to forwards and goals scored, but keeping things neat at the back remains a key aspect of the game.

In the course of history, players who have been very popular are attackers. Watching fluid team play and the final end product of a goal is easily memorable.

The game requires defenders to do the dirty work on the field. This is tackling, shielding and a lot of man marking. As a result, defenders are required to have certain physical or mental attributes that give them an edge over their opponents to ensure efficiency at the back. For instance, central defenders ideally are the tallest players on the field. This height advantage is crucial especially when it comes to winning aerial duels or defending set pieces.

In the modern game, a lot more is required of defenders. They are supposed to perform their primary duties on top of other additional team roles. Nowadays, managers are keen to strengthen the abilities of defenders in terms of shooting, passing, ball distribution, crossing, and attacking during set pieces.

Speed is a quality usually associated with attackers and wingers, and strength is more of a defender's forte. These three defenders have over the years proven to be speed merchants.


#3 Hector Bellerin 

The 23-year-old full-back has earned a reputation of being quick on the ball
The 23-year-old full-back has earned a reputation of being quick on the ball

When it comes to fast players in Arsenal's squad, the Spanish right-back ranks up there with the very best. The 23-year-old full-back has made a reputation of being quick on the ball, and getting forward with devastating intensity. He earned his competition debut for The Gunners in 2013, and has gone on to cement his place as a regular in the team.

Bellerin started his early career as an attack-minded winger at Barcelona, and that is when he developed speed as a key aspect to his game. He has made 175 appearances for Arsenal, and scored 7 times. Bellerin has also won 2 FA Cups, and a Community Shield title while in North London.

According to the Premier League, he has made 190 tackles with an impressive success rate of 79 percent. Additionally, he has so far made 180 interceptions.

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