Full-backs play a vital role in modern football, but who is the Nigeria Professional Football League top performer?

Attacking full-backs are not a modern phenomenon – but they have become more commonplace in recent times.

Players who can do a bit of everything have become a much sought-after commodity, especially in an era of wing-backs, diamond formations and false nines.

Focusing our attention on those who love life on the flanks, we find that the Nigeria Professional League has become awash with players whose main priority may be to keep things tight at the back, but they are expected to offer much more than that.

Gone are the days when a man deployed on the right or left of a defensive unit could wile away the afternoon or evening looking along the line, ready to thrust his hand skywards as another successful offside trap is laid.

Managers now demand width and delivery on the top of the usual helping of tackles and blocks.

It is no surprise to find Seun Olulayo at the top of the charts, with the Sunshine Stars left-back up there just the right amount of pace, power and precision within his small frame. He has four so far.

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