Modern-day defenders have contributed to scoring goals and creating chances as well as preventing them.
Futaa takes a look at the most productive defenders in Europe’s Top 5 leagues so far this season in all competitions.
Reece James – Chelsea
James has so far enjoyed the current campaign in Blues jersey as he has been involved in seven goals for Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel has given the England international different roles, playing him as a right wing-back, and has already netted four goals in the Premier League including against Arsenal, Norwich, and Newcastle United.
The 21-year-old has scored four goals while providing three assists so far this season.
Domenico Criscito – Genoa
Criscito, who is now in his fourth spell at Genoa has been in fine form for the Italian side, netting five goals in all competitions, including four Serie A goals.
The veteran defender has been the club’s penalty taker this season and has netted five already from the spot while providing a single assist in the process.
Jeremie Frimpong – Bayer Leverkusen
Frimpong signed for Leverkusen from Celtic and his move has so far paid off, with the fullback thriving well in Gerardo Seoane’s youthful side. The 20-year-old saw his second goal canceled on Thursday night as Leverkusen beat Real Betis 4-0 in the Europa League.
The 20-year-old has scored one goal while providing five assists for the Bundesliga side.
Caio Henrique – Monaco
Monaco has had a poor start to the current campaign, but it will be unfair if we don’t single out Henrique’s performance. The 24-year-old has already registered four assists in the domestic league and a further two in the Europa League.
Achraf Hakimi – Paris Saint Germain
Hakimi is another defender doing so well in PSG shirt and seems to have settled well following his move from Inter Milan over the summer.
The 22-year-old has caught the eyes of many netting three goals while providing two assists in the process.
Jonathan Clauss – RC Lens
Not many are familiar with the name Jonathan Clauss, well, he plays for Lens as a right back. His name deserves to be in the top five list as he has been involved in five-goal contributions so far.
The 29-year-old has netted one goal and provided four assists for Lens.