6- Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
Very few players are as comfortable playing anywhere across the back four as Branislav Ivanovic. Predominantly featuring as a right-back, he has had to deal with some of the best wingers running at him. Nevertheless, he has dealt with the trickiest of opponents with his physical, tough-tackling approach, and largely come out on top. He is also unafraid to get forward – despite not possessing the raw pace of some of the other full-backs in the league – and is continuously a threat from set pieces.
5- David De Gea (Manchester United)
When Manchester United began their season as slowly as they had done under David Moyes, very few players emerged from that period with any credit at all. Except David De Gea. His performances won Louis van Gaal’s men plenty of points that would prove to be crucial in their hopes of returning to the Premier League’s top four. His reaction saves are arguably unparalleled in the league, so he would be a massive loss should he leave for Real Madrid (via Daily Express).