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The 10 best players in each position in 2015

CIES Football Observatory have released their survey to determine the best players based on the position they play in, starting the 1st of January t ...

CIES Football Observatory have released their survey to determine the best players based on the position they play in, starting the 1stof January this year. The rankings consider the relevant statistics for different positions.Among the centre backs, the list mostly comprises players from England and Germany with the mentions of a few players from France. The Bundesliga once again rules the roost in case of fullbacks while the Premier League takes a sizeable chunk in case of attacking midfielders. However, the biggest shock comes in the forwards category where one big name doesn't find himself in the top 10.The key factors taken into consideration while churning down the list are:Shooting: ability to take advantage of goal opportunities through accurate shootingChance creation: ability to put teammates in a good position to scoreTake on: ability to create dangerous situations by successfully challenging opponentsDistribution: ability to keep a hold on the game through efficient passingRecovery: ability to minimise goal opportunities for opponents through proficient interception workRigour: ability to minimise goal opportunities for opponents through robust duellingHere is a full breakdown of the survey with the top 10 players in respect to their playing positions:

#1 Centrebacks

The study reveals that among the centrebacks, Bayer Leverkusen’s Emir Spahic is at the top, followed by Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis. Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels followed by Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

Former Brazil captain and Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva finds himself at the number 5 spot. The sixth place is a tie between David Luiz of PSG and Stefan di Vrij of Lazio. United make another appearance at 8 with Marco Rojo. The ninth spot is once again shared by Konstantinos Manolas of AS Roma and Hummels teammate at Dortmund, Neven Suboti.

Interestingly, the list doesn't see the likes of Sergio Ramos among others make it even to the top 15, let alone the top 10.

No.Player NameClub LeaguePoints
1.Emir SpahicBayer LeverkusenBundesliga100
2.Martin DemichelisManchester CityPremier League89
3.Mats HummelsBorussia DortmundBundesliga79
4.Chris SmallingManchester UnitedPremier League76
5.Thiago SilvaParis Saint GermainLigue 171
6.David LuizParis Saint GermainLigue 169
 Stefan de VrijLazioSerie A 69
8.Marco RojoManchester UnitedPremier League68
9.Konstantinos ManolasAS Roma Serie A 64
 Neven SubotiBorussia DortmundBundesliga64
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