There's no doubt that attacking players receive the sensation of all of the glories that accompany the title 'heroes'.
But if there's one element of the club that has the strength, talent, and commanding presence that can change the outcome of any match, it's the back line.
The English Premier League is known for being tremendously fast paced, and exceptionally difficult to score in. The league boasts a reputation for top quality in back-line talent. Here are the top 5 defenders:
1. Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham
Intelligent, technically gifted, strong, and powerful are all words that can describe Jan Vertonghen. During his six-years as the skipper at Ajax, the 25-year-old Belgian developed into an impressive attack minded defender that led the Dutch side to win two consecutive league titles.
On the ability of Vertonghen, Ajax boss Frank De Boer said: "He is perhaps the best player in the league at the moment. With his power, passing, positional sense, pace and ability to score goals, there's no one better,"
Although Spurs have struggled defensively as a whole, the world-class Belgian keeps providing phenomenal individual performances.
The adept defender was also named Dutch Player of the Year in 2012.
2. Vincent Kompany | Manchester City
Manchester City boast the best defensive record in the league and Belgian's Vincent Kompany has played his part in that.
Kompany is a consistent starter at the heart of the Citizens defence and his leadership skills also helped City take the league title last season.
As a remarkably dependable centre-back, Kompany's stout defence is solid, reliable, and versatile. He shows great poise in the backfield and likes to play up as a holding midfielder.
3. John Terry | Chelsea
No matter how chaotic his life off the pitch might be, there is no denying the fact that this Chelsea legend is one of the greatest centre-backs in the world. His ability to attract negative publicity is uncanny, but he still outshines most on the pitch.
This first-rate defender is a leader of men. He commands the backfield with his impeccable positioning and aerial dominance. Although he lacks pace, Terry is willing to throw himself in front of anything and possesses the strength to catch any striker off-balance.
The Blues captain's recent injuries have thrown the question of how many years the Englishman has left in him. But his consistency on the pitch shows that he still has heart and all the commanding qualities you expect from a world-class player.
4. Daniel Agger | Liverpool
This giant from Denmark is a menace in Liverpool's defensive scheme. Immensely powerful and quick, the Danish international is a committed defender with an ability to read the game and create decisive counter-attacks.
Although injuries hindered his progress when he first signed with Liverpool in 2006, concern for Agger has subsided as he fought his way up the ranks to become a consistent starter for the Reds.
Agger was named Danish Player of the Year in 2012, the second time he has won the honour.
5. Ashley Cole | Chelsea
Despite his lack of size and strength, the England international is widely considered to be the best left-back in the world. Cole's pace, stamina, and great ability to recover makes him one of the impenetrable defenders to beat on the run.
After being lured away from Arsenal with a very lucrative offer from Chelsea, Cole acquired the nickname, "Cashley." However, Cole's negative reputation has slowly diminished as he has become one of the leading stars of the Blues.
Along with a very decorated career with Chelsea, the brilliant defender has had an equally exhilarating campaign on the national side. Cole picked up his 100th cap for England during a friendly win over Brazil last month.
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