Most versatile footballers: Best utility players in the Premier League revealed

first_img 7. Daley Blind (Manchester United) – Whether it’s at centre-back, left-back or in central midfield, Blind is almost guaranteed to put in an excellent shift. The Dutchman has largely filled the left-back position for United this season, while also covering in the heart of their defence as a result of injuries. He will remain a useful player to the Red Devils, but will be getting frustrated at not being a regular starter. 8 5. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) – Antonio has played in so many different positions for West Ham that it’s difficult to ascertain which he might actually favour. The former Nottingham Forest man can play on either flank, in defence and midfield, and perform across the attack. He’s the Hammers’ top scorer this season and has been a big miss while out with injury since mid-April. 2. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – Azpilicueta can play anywhere across the back four and doesn’t get the attention he deserves. Not one to take the limelight, the Spaniard quietly meets his manager’s demands with minimal fuss. His not being included in the PFA Team of the Year has disappointed plenty, particularly with this season arguably his best at Stamford Bridge. 8 8 6. Victor Moses (Chelsea) – No one, perhaps not even Moses himself, will have predicted such a season from the 26-year-old. Before this term he was very much considered a winger, now he’s made the wing-back role fashionable. If Chelsea were to revert to a back four Antonio Conte wouldn’t hesitate to play him at right-back, either. It’s taken him much longer than he would have liked to settle at Stamford Bridge and it’s his versatility that has ultimately been key to his establishing a place in the team. 8 1. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) – click the arrow above, right, to check out more brilliant utility players in the Premier League – Dier isn’t short of trust at White Hart Lane and has quickly become a favourite with the Spurs support. The majority of his appearances have come as a centre back this season, deputising in the absence of Toby Alderweireld through injury, while he’s also often been a figure in central midfield. His performances aren’t always perfect, but he never shies away from the task at hand. It’s little surprise, therefore, that a player with his attitude is reportedly wanted by Jose Mourinho. 8 8. Emre Can (Liverpool) – Can has his critics, but there’s little doubt he’s become a key player to Jurgen Klopp. This season the 23-year-old has played solely in central midfield, but he has before shown his ability to move into defence, particularly at centre-back. He prefers a deeper position in the centre of the park, though, which The Guardian report is causing issues in negotiations over a new contract. 8 8 Is Eric Dier the best utility player in the Premier League?With a £40m bid to come from Manchester United in the summer, the Daily Mail report, it would seem the Tottenham Hotspur man’s stock has hugely risen this season.And Dier’s versatility could be the very reason Jose Mourinho is reportedly so intent on luring him to Old Trafford.So inspired by his ability to perform in various roles on the pitch, we’ve compiled a list of the best utility players in the English top flight.Scroll through the gallery above to check out who features. 8 3. Phil Jones (Manchester United) – Jones has always been a utility player at Manchester United. Since moving to Old Trafford in June 2011 he’s played at centre-back, right-back and in midfield, with his versatility a welcome addition to the team. He’s previously said he’s happy to fulfil whatever position is asked of him and has performed well under Jose Mourinho, who, according to the player himself, stopped him from leaving the club last summer. 4. James Milner (Liverpool) – You get the feeling if Jurgen Klopp told Milner he needed him to play in goal, he’d jump at the chance. The 31-year-old is the exemplary team player, willing to fill whatever position is asked by his manager. He’s the ultimate utility man and this season has been a revelation at left-back, leaving Alberto Moreno to become a forgotten figure on the sidelines. He must be a dream to manage. last_img

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