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Who is Premier League's best-ever left-back?

23 Jun 2019

Vote on who was best from Leighton Baines, Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra, Denis Irwin or Graeme Le Saux

Leighton Baines will continue his stellar Premier League career after signing a new contract for Everton, but is he the best left-back to have played in the competition?

We compare the 34-year-old with four other players to have graced the position. 

You can vote on who is the best ever in the poll below.

Leighton Baines

Apps: 412. Goals: 32. Assists: 53. Clean sheets: 113. 

Baines' 340 top-flight appearances for Everton are just 12 short of Tim Howard's club record. His 53 assists are the most among those who have only played in defence, while his 32 goals are third among defenders. 

Ashley Cole

Apps: 385. Goals: 15. Assists: 31. Clean sheets: 147. Titles: 3.

Cole was a part of Arsenal's 2001/02 and 2003/04 title-winning teams before moving to Chelsea in 2006, where he won the league in 2009/10. He also triumphed in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final and won four FA Cups to add to the three he lifted with Arsenal.

Patrice Evra

Apps: 278. Goals: 7. Assists: 21. Clean sheets: 98. Titles: 5. 

The Frenchman won the Premier League in each of his first three full seasons at Manchester United (2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09), before adding a further two as well as the UEFA Champions League.

Denis Irwin

Apps: 328. Goals: 18. Assists: 25. Clean sheets: 123. Titles: 7.

The Irishman has the most Premier League winners' medals of the five contenders, with seven in his 10 PL seasons at Man Utd. He scored in each of his first eight Premier League seasons, and helped United claim the league, FA Cup and Champions League treble in 1998/99.

Graeme Le Saux

Apps: 327. Goals: 12. Assists: 44. Clean sheets: 92. Titles: 1.

Le Saux lifted the Premier League Trophy at Blackburn Rovers either side of two spells at Chelsea, whom he helped to win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, FA Cup and EFL Cup. His 44 assists have only been beaten by Baines among those who have played solely in defence.

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