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The defensive weak link in each of the top 6 Premier League sides

Manchester City v West Ham United - Premier League
Manchester City v West Ham United - Premier League
Conor Lochrie
ANALYST

Around 10 years ago, it used to be the 'Top 4': perennial winners Manchester United and Arsenal besides the nouveau-riche Chelsea and battling Liverpool.

Now, it could be argued that Tottenham and Manchester City have been included making it a 'Top 6' with these teams being far ahead of the rest of the league in terms of player quality, finances and resources.

Burnley are challenging this season while Leicester famously triumphed over them all in their unexpected 2015/2016 league win. However, the aforementioned 6 have over time proven to be the strongest and find themselves competing against each other for the league title and UCL.

The games between the teams get top billing by the TV networks as they have the biggest stars and the best managers.

They're not without their problems, though, and this slideshow will expose the defensive weak link in each of the 'Top 6' teams: the player that opposing teams try to exploit.


Fabian Delph (Manchester City)

It should be noted here that Delph is the weakest player in the regular Manchester City team through no fault of his own. He was brought into the side to cover for the unfortunate Benjamin Mendy who picked up an injury early in his debut season.

Delph has performed decently in an unusual left-back position. Naturally left-footed, he's ensured that City haven't felt new signing Mendy's loss too keenly. That being said, in a team as strong as City tactically, Delph was always going to be the weak link. Kyle Walker has been a commanding force on the right-hand side of the pitch, both in defence and attack, meaning teams know that their best chance of getting in behind City's defence is on the opposite side of the pitch.

Against the most skilful of attackers, he can appear flat-footed and hesitant, with City thankfully not being exposed too much in their sensational start to the season. It certainly helps to have a goalkeeper with the confidence levels of Ederson behind you.

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Edited by Amit Mishra
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