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2014-15 Premier League Preseason Rankings: Top Defenders

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird, a four-time FSWA Award finalist, is RotoWire's Senior Soccer Editor and an editor for the site's NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, CBB and DFS content.

For our 2014-15 Premier League rankings, we polled four of our writers to come up with a composite list for the upcoming year. We broke it down by position, listing our top-20 forwards, midfielders, defenders and top-10 goalkeepers.

Points were assigned to each player based on their ranking by each writer: 10 points for a first place vote, nine points for a second place vote, eight points for a third place vote and so on.

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois is the top choice in our Goalkeeper Rankings and Everton's Leighton Baines checks in at the top spot for defenders.

The tricky part about ranking defensive players is that their stats are so volatile year-in and year-out. Players on top teams accumulate more clean sheets but goals and assists are still important.

With that said, here's what we think about this year's defensive crop:

1 Leighton Baines 76 Seamus Coleman Leighton Baines Seamus Coleman Branislav Ivanovic
2 Seamus Coleman 74 Leighton Baines Branislav Ivanovic Gary Cahill Leighton Baines
3 Pablo Zabaleta 66 Pablo Zabaleta Martin Skrtel Leighton Baines Seamus Coleman
4 Per Mertesacker 60 Gary Cahill Pablo Zabaleta Per Mertesacker Gary Cahill
5 Branislav Ivanovic 56 Per Meresacker Seamus Coleman Laurent Koscielny Pablo Zabaleta
6 Vincent Kompany 55 Vincent Kompany John Terry Vincent Kompany Vincent Kompany
T7 Martin Skrtel 53 Luke Shaw Per Mertesacker Pablo Zabaleta Laurent Koscielny
T7 Laurent Koscielny 53 Mathieu Debuchy Laurent Koscielny Luke Shaw Per Mertesacker
T7 Gary Cahill 53 Martin Skrtel Mathieu Debuchy Martin Skrtel Cesar Azpilicueta
10 Luke Shaw 46 John Terry Luke Shaw John Terry Martin Skrtel
11 John Terry 37 Laurent Koscielny Vincent Kompany Mathieu Debuchy Aleksander Kolarov
12 Mathieu Debuchy 35 Branislav Ivanovic Jan Vertonghen Jan Vertonghen Martin Demichelis
13 Jan Vertonghen 28 Dejan Lovren Aleksander Kolarov Branislav Ivanovic Luke Shaw
14 Aleksander Kolarov 24 Steven Caulker Jose Enrique Phil Jones Kyle Walker
T15 Steven Caulker 12 Aleksander Kolarov Felipe Luis Ryan Shawcross Jan Vertonghen
T15 Kyle Walker 12 Felipe Luis Steven Caulker Kyle Walker Kieran Gibbs
T15 Cesar Azpilicueta 12 Jan Vertonghen Dejan Lovren Joel Ward Phil Jagielka
T15 Dejan Lovren 12 Joel Ward Jose Fonte Phil Jagielka Sylvain Distin
19 Felipe Luis 11 John Stones Joel Ward Curtis Davies Daniel Agger
20 Joel Ward 9 Curtis Davies Phil Jones Geoff Cameron Glen Johnson