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Who are the worst 1v1 defenders in Premier League 2022-23?

Published at :April 16, 2023 at 6:57 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

These players have constantly been on the backfoot while facing up against the attacker

Even though there have been many high-scoring matches this season in the Premier League, there have also been several defenders who have been very excellent.

Numerous players have struck the eye, ranging from those who have been rock solid at the back to those who have dazzled at the other end of the ball. However, a lot of them have fallen short. In this article, we look at the worst 1v1 defenders in the Premier League 2022-23 season (Stats via VisualGame/Twitter):

9. Tim Ream: 45.8%

Tim Ream has played as a defender for 30 games in the Premier League in 2022–2023, giving up 37 goals and recording 8 shutouts. In other words, throughout Ream's time on the pitch, his club let up a goal every 73 minutes. For every 90 minutes that he spent on the pitch, he made 1.07 interceptions and 1.41 recoveries. At the same time, Ream is accruing roughly 3.45 clearances.

8. Alex Moreno: 44%

While Premier League opponents were pouring cash left, right, and centre, the Villans acquired the left-back from Real Betis in a modest £13.3 million deal. The Spanish defender, in especially, took to English football as a duck takes to water. The 29-year-old has demonstrated his tremendous offensive abilities, and he is willing to go into the final third, cross from the byline, and remain libido in 1v1 situations.

7. Virgil van Dijk: 43.8%

Van Dijk is having a bad season currently. He is considered as one of the best defenders in the Premier League in recent times.

With several of Jurgen Klopp's key players now off of form, Virgil van Dijk is having his 'worst season' at Premier League powerhouse Liverpool. Clearly, Van Dijk is not the sole prominent Liverpool player who appears out of ideas and out of character.

6. Harry Souttar: 43.8%

Defender Harry Souttar has played an aggregate of 810 minutes in 9 Premier League games so far this year. Every 90 minutes, Harry Souttar lets in an average of 1.67 goals.

Harry Souttar of the Socceroos has received high praise for his great performance when wearing the jersey of Leicester City, but because of his inconsistent play at Leicester, he has been classified as the worst 1v1 defender.

5. Ben Godfrey: 40.9%

Ben Godfrey
Ben Godfrey has made just 11 appearances in the Premier League this term

The way Ben Godfrey battled to assert himself—not knowing whether to go tight or long—reminded me of that. There was still the impression that Godfrey required to be a member of this Everton defensive for it to function at its best. On one on one, the defence is easily defeated.

4. Lewis Dunk: 40%

The finest 1v1 players I have seen throughout the years all use some form of cover while they are playing 1v1. 13 tackles and 128 aerial duels have been won by him. He added a total of 12 blocks on top of that. 56% of tackles succeed. Last man tackles five times, blocks 32 shots, makes 258 interceptions, clears 821 times, heads 456 times, clears off line seven times, and recovers 1,280 times. 878 duels were won. Although Dunk has been fantastic this season, he is still struggling in 1v1 encounters.

3. Raphael Varane: 37.5%

One of the finest defenders in all of football, according to experts and fans =, is Varane. Although he is proficient tactically and technically, he occasionally lacks consistency because he is unable to execute. Despite being physically stronger and quicker than his opponent, he frequently loses one-on-one battles. His injury record is also concerning for the Manchester United fans.

2. Aron Cresswell: 36.8%

Completed 1534 minutes in 18 Premier League games this season. During every 90 minutes that Aaron Cresswell is on the pitch, he gives up 1.23 goals on occasion. At the moment, their clean Sheets ratio is 17%.Aron Cresswell has continued to perform poorly for West Ham as the team struggles, unable to make an impact from the back and frequently losing to strikers in 1v1 situations.

1. Kyle Walker: 17.65%

Kyle Walker
Walker has made just 23 appearances across all competitions this term

Kyle Walker has always been known for his power and quickness. The England international had been a regular for several seasons, but a change in the lineup and the performance of others had forced him to the sidelines. The 32-year-old Walker has only started two of Manchester City's last seven games.

Walker played a key role in City's defence and made 23 appearances across all competitions this season, but Guardiola picked John Stones over Walker to play right back because Stones, in his opinion, has been more effective at marking and difficult to defend against in 1v1 situations.