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Attacking centre-backs: Five of the best

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill scored an impressive goal against Holland on Wednesday that was more reminiscent of a striker.

 

The Blues centre-back was for some reason the furthest player forward and was found by a Leighton Baines through ball.

 

The 26-year-old then deftly turned inside Joris Mathijsen and slipped the ball under Maarten Stekelenburg to reduce the deficit to a single goal.

 

It was an impressive piece of forward play from the Stamford Bridge new arrival and not a bad attempt at trying to outdo his Chelsea centre-half partner David Luiz, who scored a classy goal in the 3-0 win over Bolton last Saturday.

 

These goals got GMF to thinking about other impressive attacking centre-halves and the impact they can have when moving out of defence with the ball, or just the fact that they score an inordinate amount of goals for a person playing in their position.

 

Lots of defenders score goals from corners or free-kicks into the box and GMF recognises that scoring from these situations is an art in itself.

 

However, we were thinking more about the defenders who can do something out of the ordinary in open play, something that centre-backs aren’t really supposed to do.

 

We have gone through the annals (read: memory from the past few years) and picked out a five more of our favourites who can it the mould.

 

Lucio, Inter Milan

Although he is currently operating in Italy where defenders do not contribute much to attack, Lucio made his name in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen and later Bayern Munich.

He wowed Champions League watchers when bursting onto the scene with Leverkusen making marauding runs out of defence.

 

Alex, Paris St Germain

Another Brazilian and this time it is more to do with his thunderous free-kicks than all-round attacking play. For Chelsea Alex thumped in a number of shots from outside the box.

 

Daniel Agger, Liverpool

The tall Dane has an extremely powerful left foot and has stepped out of defence on a number of occasions to strike powerfully on goal or go on mazy runs, setting up team-mates.

 

Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal

Recent months have been more concerning for Vermaelen in the defensive stakes, with the Gunners having an under-par season. However, the Belgium international is famed for joining attacks and has a knack for spectacular goals.

 

Christian Chivu, Inter Milan

The Romanian international is normally deployed as a full-back now, but he was often played as a centre-half when at Ajax and As Roma. Chivu has a cultured left foot and was known for scoring curling free-kicks.

 

 

GMF has told you its favourites for attacking centre-halves, but we want to hear your suggestions.

 

Comment below and tell us about your favourite central defenders who can do something out of the ordinary in an attacking sense…

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