10. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld endured a troublesome time at Spurs whereas a contract dispute led to his awkward benching in 2017/18. But the Belgium worldwide got here again with a superb World Cup as his nation completed third in Russia, and shortly returned to Mauricio Pochettino’s first crew regardless of being closely linked with a transfer to Manchester United in the summertime.

Higher nonetheless, Alderweireld helped Spurs file one other top-four end and attain a shock Champions League remaining for the primary time. An extension to his contract was triggered, however that solely means he can depart for a cut-price price this summer season. 

Alderweireld is never caught out of place and is equally comfy enjoying in a again three or again 4. He’s a terrific passer too, and is especially adept at spraying lengthy diagonals out to the flanks.

9. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Jan Vertonghen

Going into his eighth season as a Tottenham participant, Vertonghen has developed into one of many world’s main centre-backs – and arguably the foremost within the Premier League – over the past couple of years.

Alderweireld’s team-mate for membership and nation is aggressive and an knowledgeable at wrestling the ball away from opposition strikers excessive upfield. He is robust in one-on-one duels and cozy when pressured to defend in broad areas – and the Belgian can be surprisingly adept at left-back, as he proved with a shocking show in opposition to Borussia Dortmund in 2018/19.

8. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Giorgio Chiellini

The grizzled Italian stalwart might flip 35 in August, however he stays one of many standout gamers in his place. Robust within the deal with and commanding aerially, Chiellini is a superb reader of the sport and an underrated passer from deep.

Juve’s defensive stalwart continues to be a mainstay within the Bianconeri backline and can be integral as they give the impression of being to land a Champions League win for the primary time since 1996. 

7. Diego Godin (Inter Milan)

Diego Godin Inter Milan

Godin isn’t the kind of centre-half who would thrive below Pep Guardiola or Maurizio Sarri, however he’s the person you wish to go to conflict with – as was so typically the case at Atletico Madrid below Diego Simeone. Whereas he’s under no circumstances poor in possession – the 33-year-old has proven that he’s completely able to carrying the ball upfield when the scenario calls for.

Gritty, rugged and aggressive, the previous Villarreal stopper has joined Inter Milan for the 2019/20 season and past. The Nerazzuri are getting a participant blessed with nice powers of anticipation and a helpful knack for popping up with important set-piece targets.

6. Gerard Pique (Barcelona)

Gerard Pique

You are going to want a much bigger trophy cupboard. Pique hoisted aloft his eighth La Liga trophy with Barça in 2018/19, nudging apart the 11 different main prizes he is clinched with the Catalans and Spain since 2008.

He could also be 32 now, however Pique missed solely three league video games for Ernesto Valverde final season – and a kind of was by means of suspension. He shaped a blossoming partnership with France stopper Clement Lenglet which is more likely to see Barça by means of once more in 2019/20. Pique has by no means been excellent however stays a centre-back managers wish to have round. 

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