Patrick van Aanholt says Aaron Wan-Bissaka is better than Trent Alexander-Arnold


Trent Alexander-Arnold is arguably the best right-back in the world right now.

The youngster has been a big part of a Liverpool side that has enjoyed great success in the past few years.

Going forward, no defender is better than him.

He set a record for a defender when he notched 12 assists in the Premier League last season.

The 21-year-old has already beaten that record again this campaign, with 14 assists recorded in 29 games.

However, despite those absurd numbers, Patrick van Aanholt doesn’t even think Alexander-Arnold is the best English right-back.

The Crystal Palace left-back actually thinks that his former teammate, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, is better than Alexander-Arnold.

“Better than Alexander-Arnold? Without a shadow of doubt,” he told the Counter Attack podcast when asked about Wan-Bissaka, per Goal.

“They are different players. Defensively, Aaron is unbelievable, better than Trent.

“Yes, Trent has got his attacking and his corners, his right foot. But if you ask Wilf [Zaha] who he would want to play against, every other day, Trent or Wan-Bissaka, I think he will say Trent.

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“I have got respect for Trent, because he does everything with his assists and he is great, but defensively, just ask Sterling how good Wan-Bissaka is.

“It is a problem, and he will switch. He is one of the best right-backs, I think he could be, his attacking is good, but he needs more goals or assists to his name.

“Defending comes first, but in the modern game, you need to attack, and at United, you get more of the ball, so go forward and show what you have got, but he has been doing good.”

Interesting. Van-Aanholt’s opinion is unpopular but it’s important to note he is biased given he played with Wan-Bissaka at Crystal Palace.

When it comes to attacking, there is no doubt that Alexander-Arnold is better going forward.

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The Liverpool star has 16 goal contributions in the Premier League this season, while Wan-Bissaka has just two.

But Alexander-Arnold does have question marks in defence. He has been exposed by opposing wingers at times.

Wan-Bissaka, meanwhile, has proven he’s one of the best defensive right-back’s around, with his performance against Sterling earlier this season serving as proof.

For now, Alexander-Arnold is England’s starting right-back.

But if Wan-Bisska can add more goals and assists to his name, that could soon change.

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