The five 'smartest' Premier League players so far this season

Michael Carrick 2012

Which Premier League star is showing the most intelligence out on the football pitch? Manchester United, Spurs, Swansea, and Manchester City players feature...

Five games into the Premier League season and there are already several players making significant impressions for their clubs.

What classifies as intelligence on a football pitch can vary greatly. Luis Suarez is a very clever player but he still went and bit an opponent, possibly hoping the cameras wouldn’t spot it.

One of the key skills that has been on display in Premier League matches this season is the ability to read the game and the intelligence to know where the ball is about to go before it’s been played into that area.

It’s no surprise that the Premier League’s best when it comes to interceptions this season are all defensively minded players, who attempt to get rid of problems before they have translated into goalscoring opportunities against their teams.

Interestingly only two of the smartest players in the Premier League this season feature for sides in the Premier League’s top four as things stand, which is a tribute to the players in sides that haven’t made as impressive starts to the campaign.

Here are the five players with the highest average interceptions from league games so far.

1) Michael Carrick of Manchester United (5.2)

2) Etienne Capoue of Tottenham Hotspur (4)

3) Jose Canas of Swansea City (3.8)

4) Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City (3.7)

5) Ashley Williams of Swansea City (3.6)

We would extend the list to applaud the intelligence of more players but there's only a 0.2 difference between positions seven and fourteen.

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Surprised with any of those names?

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