The Premier League's top 10 'most intelligent' players

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So who is the Premier League's most intelligent player?

Well clearly it's not Wayne Rooney, but there are several other candidates who can lay claim to such an accolade. 

So, onto the big issue, who is the most intelligent player, and how have we elected to deduce the answer to such a claim? It's very simple: Interceptions.

Being able to, on a consistent basis, be able to read what the opposition is thinking, and prevent them from completing their passes is a skill every bit as important as passing itself, as it often involved winning back possession for their teams.

So we have taken a look at who the best 10 'readers of the game' are - aka. the most intelligent.

There is one flaw we admit with our system, there aren't any strikers on the list as it's rare they will be tasked with making interceptions on as regular basis as their teammates, so Wayne Rooney; you have a reprieve. You may still be up there with the 'most intelligent' Premier League players, we just can't tell.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 'interceptors' in the Premier League...

1) Morgan Schneiderlein (Southampton) - 3.6 interceptions per game - total 93.

2) Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) - 3.6 interceptions per game - total 80.

3) Chico (Swansea City) - 3.3 interceptions per game - total 63.

4=) Chris Baird (Fulham) - 3.2 interceptions per game - total 60.

4=) Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) - 3.2 interceptions per game - total 60.

6) Ryan Nelsen (QPR) - 3.1 interceptions per game - total 65.

7) Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) - 3 interceptions per game - total 66.

8) Stephane Mbia (QPR) - 2.9 interceptions per game - total 55.

9) Steve Sidwell (Fulham) 2.8 interceptions per game - total 68.

10) Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) 2.8 interceptions per game - total 65.

What do you make of the names on the list? Any surprises? Does Schneiderlein deserve the credit?

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