The right back position is historically not one that garners the most attention on the football pitch.
However, we are seeing a much more attacking emphasis in the full-back area with overlapping and link up play with the wide men on the right influential to creating chances. Here we look at the five right backs which impressed the most during the 2013/14 Premier League season.
5. BACARY SAGNA (MANCHESTER CITY) - The 31-year-old Frenchman has been one of the most consistent right back performers in the Premier League ever since his 2007 move to Arsenal from Auxerre.
It must be said however that Sagna's defensive capabilities outweigh his attacking exploits with a number of interceptions, tackles and clearances throughout the season. Although extremely composed and comfortable on the ball it is often the case that when attacking the whole tempo slows down when it gets to Sagna and often ends up going back where it came from. Nevertheless he is still one of the most consistent right backs in the league.
4. BRANISLAV IVANOVIC (CHELSEA) - Ivanovic is a prime example of a player who has added attacking flair to his play. The 30-year-old whose main position is centre back found himself playing right back countless times for Mourinho's Chelsea. There is no doubt that he has strong defensive capabilities, in fact making 179 clearances last season; an impressive statistic. But Ivanovic has added an attacking style to his play, marauding up and down the right wing linking up with Chelsea's talented attackers providing key passes and setting up chances; scoring three goals and providing one assist.
3. MATHIEU DEBUCHY (ARSENAL) - Debuchy's impressive performances in a Newcastle shirt last season earned him a move to Arsenal for a fee in the region of £12 million as a replacement for Manchester City bound Bacary Sagna. Ironically Debuchy was picked ahead of Sagna in all but one of France's games at the 2014 World Cup which highlights how high his talent is regarded. Debuchy's all round attacking and defensive displays are excellent.
He made a key pass nearly every game but also making 95 tackles, which is an impressive figure. Another one of Debuchy's strengths are his mentality and concentration something which Arsenal have known to be lacking consistently over the years.
2 PABLO ZABALETA (MANCHESTER CITY) - Zabaleta is an experienced campaigner in the Premier League having joined Manchester City in 2008.
He has been regarded by some as the best right back consistently over the past 3-4 years and it was not an easy call to place him second. His defensive capabilities are exceptional making 120 tackles throughout the season, that's 3.4 per game. He is also useful in the final third, last season making six assists more than anyone on this list. His only downfall is perhaps his slight lack of pace and the fact he only had one goal to his name last season which is why he is placed second on this list.
1 SEAMUS COLEMAN (EVERTON) - It is quite staggering that Seamus Coleman was bought for only £60,000 from Sligo Rovers back in 2009. It has to be arguably one of the bargains of the entire Premier League especially after his performances last season which were quite outstanding, overshadowing the highly rated Leighton Baines on the other side.
Over the years he has been criticised and rightly so for his defensive frailties, often not concentrating and letting his man slip in goal side behind him. However, this season his defensive game has greatly improved, he made a respectable 71 tackles and 47 interceptions throughout the season.
But it is his attacking play which caught the headlines last season. Coleman is a manager's dream full back because he is a source of goals from open play when it is traditionally a position of few goalscorers. Coleman managed an incredible seven goals in all competitions last season which was the same amount as all of his previous four Everton seasons combined. Another strong point of Coleman's game is his pace, he was able to breeze past fellow defenders with ease and had excellent link up and overlapping play with the Everton attackers.
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