Attack wins you game,
Defense wins you titles

The above quote by legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson outlines the importance of a defender in a team. 

The quote may come as a surprise because of two things. First, Ferguson used to play scintillating attacking football. Second, Ferguson had the strongest attack rather than strong defense most of the times he won the league. 

Even though statistics may tell otherwise, defense indeed wins the titles. Simple statistics consider the amount of goal conceded to the rank team defensively. However, it is not the best way to do so. There are a lot of variables other than a bad defense that results in conceding goals. For instance: The team managed by a manager that takes off defensive midfielder to score a goal in last ten minutes is much likelier to conceded more goal than a team managed by a manager that is happy with a point and doesn’t want to risk. Even though losing one point may seem bad, but winning two and losing one is better than drawing three games. And a manager can only take a risk to win games at last minutes if he trusts his defense. 

The above example is just one of the many examples of why the system being used currently to rank defense is not good. We cannot argue that goals win you titles and most of the time it is scored by an attacker.  However, we can argue that better defense provides better stability and conditions for attackers. Furthermore, Defense allows the manager to take risks for converting one point to three points. And in the league of fine margins, these risks decide which team is going to win the title.

In this article, we will be looking at the top five young defenders who may need to change their club in order to aid their growth as a player.