Football in the recent past has seen clubs and managers wanting a ball-playing defender, with the player not only expected to defend but also be good with the ball at his feet. There are quite a few defenders who are known for pitching in with important goals, and here, we take a look at five such players who have scored the most goals in the top 5 European Leagues.
1. Robin Gosens (Atlanta) – 7 goals
A marauding left-back who can also play in midfield, Robin Gosens has scored seven goals in the Serie A so far this season and is one of reasons why Atlanta have been so impressive in recent times.
The 25-year-old who has both a Dutch and German passport, will look to build on his performances and establish himself on the world stage.
2. Philipp Max (Augsburg) – 7 goals
Another left-back who is making a name for himself this season has been Philipp Max, who has seven goals to his name in 21 appearances in the Bundesliga so far.
The 26-year-old has been a reliable presence for his club for five years now and it will be interesting to see how he performs, now that the Bundesliga has resumed.
3. Domenico Criscito (Genoa) – 7 goals
A versatile player who is capable of playing at wing-back and as a central defender, Domenico Criscito has impressed immensely in his two seasons at Genoa, netting seven goals in just 18 games in the league.
The 33-year-old maybe coming to the end of his career, but there is no doubt that he is extremely important to the fortunes of the club.
4. Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 6 goals
That a proper centre-back makes the list, just goes to show how impressive Martin Hinteregger has been not only in defence, but also in front of goal. A return of six goals in 22 games is a brilliant return for a midfielder, let alone a defender.
5. Alexander Kolarov (AS Roma) – 6 goals
Alexander Kolarov, even at 34 continues to impress and put in impressive performances on a weekly basis, as seen by the six goals he has netted so far this season.
The Serbian, who has a powerful shot in his armoury is also known for his free-kick ability and is very dangerous from dead-ball situations.