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Left-backs: who is the best in 2020?

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Comparisons between players is a common and funny things amongst football fans. In this case, we are going to focus on a particular position, left back, which tends to be very easy to choose the best because there are few candidates for that throne.

Doing a quick review of the European scene, there are some names that stand out from the rest in the left back position, such as Andy Robertson, Alphonso Davies, Angeliño, Gaya, Ferland Mendy or Theo Hernández.

The one who has been the most dominant in that position in the last decade has been Real Madrid‘s Marcelo, but the Brazilian has been in poor form for a year now. After the great end of the 2019-20 season that Alphonso Davies had with Bayern Munich, whose highest point was the tie against FC Barcelona, the Canadian has been affected by an injury this season, which has cut his progression.

Like Davies, Angeliño is a left back whose main virtue is his ability to bomb forward from the left side. The Spanish has 8 goals this season being very important for RB Leipzig especially in the UEFA Champions League. Ferland Mendy breaks the trend of the previous left backs a bit since his main quality is his defensive solidity and his physical strength without being a bad attacker, although he doesn’t attack as much as the others.

Valencia CF’s left back, José Luis Gaya is one of the most complete, but the low level of his team could harm his candidacy for the best left back in the world today. Andy Robertson is an obvious choice as he has been one of the most consistent performers for Liverpool in recent years and a key factor in all the titles they have won so far.

Finally, Theo Hernández of AC Milan is having a great season and scored very important goals and is one of the Italian club’s main offensive resources, especially after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury.

In particular, I would say that the fight is very close between Andy Robertson and Theo Hernandez, but it is a matter of football tastes.

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