Friday, December 2, 2022

Rio Ferdinand names Premier League best four defenders.

Rio Ferdinand names Premier League best four defenders.

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has named his four best Premier League defenders comprising the likes of John Stones and Harry Maguire.

Ferdinand, who now works as a pundit for BT Sport, understands a thing or two about what it necessitates to be an elite-level central defender.

The 42-year-old made 514 top-flight debuts for West Ham, Leeds United, and Man Utd and was named in the Premier League Team of the Year no less than six times.

His four selections incorporate current Red Devils star Maguire and Manchester City pair Stones and Ruben Dias.

But Ferdinand went somewhat more left-field with the final member of his defensive four-some.

He said:
“I think [Antonio] Rudiger, since he’s been playing, has probably been [the] second or third best centre-half after [Ruben] Dias and maybe [John] Stones, [Harry] Maguire.”

Elaborating on his choice to pick Rudiger, Ferdinand added:

“He’s around the bottom of that group. He’s been brilliant since the new manager has come in.”

Rudiger was utilized sparingly by former manager Frank Lampard at the commencement of the campaign but has come in from the cold since the January arrival of Thomas Tuchel.


The 28-year-old has revived Chelsea and has been vital in the quest of the club keeping a mightily-impressive 19 clean sheets and is now in line to start Saturday’s Champions League final against Man City.

Tuchel has been relished with Rudiger’s influence since his arrival and spoke lately about his wish to see the defender sign a contract prolongation at Stamford Bridge.

He said:
“Nothing is better than what he is doing for a new contract. If he wants to have a new contract he has our full support to stay at the club.”

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Rio Ferdinand names Premier League best four defenders.