Why 2014-15 Will Be the Premier League Season of the Left-Back

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Why 2014-15 Will Be the Premier League Season of the Left-Back
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In 2012-13 the No. 10s shone; in 2013-14 it was the wingers. We're used to seeing the attacking positions steal the limelight and glory away from the others, but 2014-15 will be a different story.

This season will be the one in which left-backs shine brightest.

It may still be pre-season, but one noticeable and obvious shift from last year to this is the impending quality of left-back play. Manchester United have changed their system, Tottenham Hotspur have a new man and Arsenal will change the role of theirs.

Chelsea have signed arguably the most complete one in the business, while Everton's is set to bounce back.

At this early stage projections are difficult, but it's not unreasonable to suggest the quality from this position could have a major say in the development of the Premier League season and their respective teams' fortunes.

Let's dig a little deeper into the five headline performers and explore why they can alter their side's chances of success.

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