- Nov 25, 2017
Agree. And I have to add that I have never ever seen anyone perform so many clean tackles. He seldom fouls. Amazing precision.I understand what you are trying to say. He made 9 tackles against Saints which is a lot, but you've to note that 9 tackles isn't the norm for him. Last season, his average of 4 attempted per game was bettered by 7 other FBs that played more than 10 league games, and 30 fullbacks that played over 10 games attempted over 3 tackles per game, and that includes the popular names. Every other fullback tackles just like he does, but his accuracy is the reason why he is arguably the best in the business 1-on-1. Every fullback has to take on the winger, and his ability to win the ball consistently is what sets him apart from most. Another fullback - e.g Jordi Alba could have been able to get the job done, but he probably wouldn't have fared as well considering the amount of one-on-ones Wan-Bissaka faced with little cover against someone like Sofiane Boufal. What I'm saying in essence is that he tackled 9 times because he needed to and is able to, not because he wanted to. Another day, he attempts four.
I was thinking about who is the best FB from a defensive POV but gave up. All the best FB ay in the top teams like Barca, Real, Juve, Liverpool... etc. They don't really do much defending compared to for example a FB at United, so it is hard to say how good they are at that.