It’s a shame the game is taking a big step towards becoming a pre-dominantly non-contact sport because it takes away the good old fashioned English challenge which we have all grown up with.
Players have to be so careful at the moment when they launch themselves into challenges which could easily leave them seeing yellow or even worse red.
It’s probably a good job that Joey Barton and Michael Brown don’t play Premier League football any more, because if they did they’d have more cards than someone unfortunate enough to have a birthday and Christmas on consecutive days.
The modern standards actually make it more remarkable that there are still players out there who base a lot of their game around tackling and being able to win the ball back under pressure.
Timing and skill when it comes to tackling has never been more important and here are the ten players from the 2012/2013 season who have done it better than anyone else.
1) Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) – 4.7 tackles per game
2) Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) – 4.1 tackles per game
3) Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) – 3.8 tackles per game
4) Steve Sidwell (Fulham) – 3.8 tackles per game
5) Claudio Yacob (West Brom) – 3.6 tackles per game
6) Mark Noble (West Ham United) – 3.6 tackles per game
7) Mohamed Diame (West Ham United) – 3.5 tackles per game
8) Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) – 3.3 tackles per game
9) Chico (Swansea City) – 3.3 tackles per game
10) Gael Clichy (Manchester City) – 3.2 tackles per game
Are you surprised with any of the names in the top ten?
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