300: Julian Draxler Germany - Schalke 04
299: Marcel Schmelzer - Germany - Dortmund
298: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - England - Arsenal
297: Juan Arango - Venezuela - Borussia Mönchengladbach
296: Nolito - Spain - Benfica
295: Deco - Portugal - Fluminense
294: Maxime Gonalons - France - Lyon
293: Gastón Ramírez - Uruguay - Bologna
292: Gary Medel - Chile - Sevilla
291: Jose Callejon - Spain - Real Madrid
290: Felipe Melo - Brazil - Galatasaray
289: Rafael - Brazil - Manchester United
288: Chris Smalling - England - Manchester United
287: Gabi - Spain - Atletico Madrid
286: Michu - Spain - Rayo Vallecano
285: Younes Kaboul - France - Tottenham
284: Roman Shirokov - Russia - Zenit
283: Isaac Cuenca - Spain - Barcelona
282: Yuto Nagatomo - Japan - Inter
281: Lukasz Piszcek - Poland - Dortmund
280: Mathieu Debuchy - France - Lille
279: Hugo Campagnaro - Argentina - Napoli
278: Luuk de Jong - Netherlands - Twente
277: Granit Xhaka - Switzerland - Basel
276: Kwadwo Asamoah - Ghana - Udinese
275: Fabrizio Miccoli - Italy - Palermo
274: Bobby Zamora - England - QPR
273: Andrés D'Alessandro - Argentina - Internacional
272: Giovani Dos Santos - Mexico - Tottenham
271: Isco - Spain - Malaga
270: Aaron Lennon - England - Tottenham
269: Antonio Nocerino - Italy - Milan
268: Ola Toivonen - Sweden - PSV
267: Dries Mertens - Belgium - PSV
266: Bryan Ruiz - Costa Rica - Fulham
265: Oriol Romeu - Spain - Chelsea
264: Darren Bent - England - Aston Villa
263: Michael Dawson - England - Tottenham
262: Douglas - Netherlands - Twente
261: Fabricio Coloccini - Argentina - Newcastle
260: Clint Dempsey - USA - Fulham
259: Pablo Aimar - Argentina - Benfica
258: Leandro Damiao - Brazil - Internacional
257: Fred - Brazil - Fluminense
256: Seydou Doumbia - Côte d'Ivoire - CSKA Moscow
255: Moussa Sow - Senegal - Fenerbahce
254: Rodrigo Palacio - Argentina - Genoa
253: Diego Lugano - Uruguay - PSG
252: Ledley King - England - Tottenham
251: Cristian Ledesma - Italy - Lazio
250: Jose Antonio Reyes - Spain - Sevilla
249: Alberto Aquilani - Italy- Milan
248: Phil Jones - England - Manchester United
247: Konstantin Zyryanov - Russia -Zenit
246: Sven Bender - Germany - Dortmund
245: Lars Bender - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen
244: Esteban Granero - Spain - Real Madrid
243: Senad Lulic -Bosnia and Herzegovina - Lazio
242: Eduardo Vargas - Chile - Napoli
241: Milos Krasic - Serbia - Juventus
240: Jon Obi Mikel - Nigeria - Chelsea
239: Theo Janssen - Netherlands - Ajax
238: Balázs Dzsudzsák - Hungary - Dynamo Moscow
237: Marko Marin - Germany - Werder Bremen
236: Papiss Cisse - Senegal - Newcastle
235: Ibrahim Afellay - Netherlands - Barcelona
234: Dejan Stankovic - Serbia - Inter
233: Juan Manuel Vargas - Peru - Fiorentina
That's the correct numbers so far then.
A couple of fullbacks with really good, and for me quite eye opening, seasons:
Benoit Assou-Ekotto - Tottenham
Left-back (age 27) - Cameroon
Very good athlete. Very good technique. So what's not to like then? In previous seasons he had kind of a goof-ball tag following him. Most of that was probably unfair, but he was seen as someone not really reliable, error prone, bad decisionmaker, lack of teamwork perhaps. Overly keen on attacking (where he does look very good). How much of that was myth or fact I'm not sure. It could simply just be some bad performances in some of the more high profile games, and that's enough to haunt a player for a while.
Only Modric (Parker is tied with Ekotto) at the moment sees more touches per game for Tottenham, and maybe his 80 percent completion rate is a little low. On the other hand he also hits a lot of long balls, over the season more than anyone else at the team, which perhaps is not ideal either, even if he has the range and show good accuracy. It also shows that he is someone looked upon to bring the ball out of defense. That he then hits the ball long a lot, I don't think reflects negative on his technique, on the contrary it (and the clip rate) looks great and his teammates obviously look to him. More likely it's related within the team, tactically or the chemistry of all the player characteristics.
Stephan Lichtsteiner - Juventus
Right-back (age 28) - Switzerland
Of course shame on me for not giving Lichtsteiner more credit until he arrived at my favorite team.
I will say though, that the added spotlight so to speak, isn't always positive for Juventus players on this list, far from it...
But Lichtsteiner has been extremely solid and being the huge upgrade over what had been treading the position in recent years, seriously improved the team and helped it to the top of the table.
Coming forward he has that seemingly unlimited fullback (up and down the line all game) stamina, surprisingly good ball control that enables him to probably being the best "handler" of all those long Pirlo diagonal balls that he has to deal with during a game. That's been very impressive, and for better or worse a big part of the Juventus attack. He has good acceleration and is a secure passer of the ball.
Looking at his stats searching for some weakness I've overlooked, his interception rate seems low for his position, and I would guess it means lack of higher ball pressure from him (which the team does do in periods) so he must be making tracking back into position his priority and I do think overall that he is very responsible defensively. Tactically good. Not many errors and a good marker quite simply which is what keeps a lot of fullbacks out of the list and even hurt a lot of those on it.
And I will say that this reminds of Piszczek again. His relative low ranking has/had a lot to do with me questioning his overall technique. Not giving him credit for such. I'll be looking very closely asap if I've seriously underrated or overlooked that and if I have, he is definitely deserving of a boost. It's what means he is behind Debuchy right now and further up (whether mistakenly or not) percieved as less complete than Ekotto or Lichtsteiner.
But yes, almost from the start, my gut screamed he could be the most underrated of the lower ranks. Though tough to compare he is probably also as seen as better than Bender anyway.