The second Matchweek of the 2018/19 Premier League was equally exciting as the opening weekend with quite a few of the league’s big-wigs further imposing their superiority. Having said that, there were a few underdogs who prevailed against their far more superior opponents, thanks to his defensive discipline.
Here, we take a look at three defenders who impressed the most in gameweek two of the Premier League:
#3 Steve Cook
Bournemouth star Steve Cook was by far the best player as the Cherries registered a narrow win over West Ham United. Cook played a key role in not just helping his team hold onto their slender lead but was also involved in both of the goals scored.
The 27-year-old initially helped Calum Wilson find the equaliser just around the hour mark as he scored one of the most beautiful goals of the weekend. Minutes later, Cook found himself completely free inside the penalty box to nod in the eventual winner for his side as the Hammers were left reeling.
Aside from the offensive contributions, Steve Cook attempted two tackles and won four aerial duels, attaining a success rate of 60%. But, fans will be hoping he can maintain his fiery form when they host an in-form Everton side next weekend.
#2 Sol Bamba
Unlike Steve Cook, Sol Bamba wasn’t as effective in the offensive department when newly promoted Cardiff City drew 0-0 with Newcastle United. That being said, his performance was crucial in shutting down a dangerous looking Newcastle attack.
It was Bamba who managed to keep things tight at the back as he managed a whopping 15 clearances. He also won nine aerial duels whilst making one interception, showing his impact at the back.
His defensive commitment coupled with his excellent leadership at the back helped the Premier League newcomers hold off Newcastle United.
#1 Ben Chilwell
Although the young fullback wasn’t involved in any of Leicester’s goals, Chilwell ensured that Wolves didn’t run away with the game after an impressive first half. Most notably, he made a crucial goal-line block to deny Wolves getting back into the game early on.
But aside from that, Chilwell also made five dribbles, seven tackles, four clearances, five blocks and one interception, thus reflecting his influence on all aspect of the game as Foxes recorded their first win of the season.
Stat courtesy: Whoscored