Infographic: The 10 best defensive players in the Premier League

Minutes per goal conceded data reveals most effective defensive contributors

You may have noticed – this week on we're rolling out our annual list of the planet's 100 best footballers (#FFT100, if you want to shout at us).

So we thought we'd also weigh up the best contributors from Premier League Land over the last 12 months. Which defensive-minded players have proved the most effective for their teams over that period? Looking at appearances, clean sheets and minutes per goal conceded, we've got it covered*.

No.1 really won't surprise you... 

(*Minimum 10 clean sheets, only goals conceded when players on pitch counted.)

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