Hazard and Suarez the most fouled players in the Premier League - Who else features?

Suarez Liverpool

Norwich and West Brom individuals feature on the list, alongside, and in some cases above, the inevitable Chelsea and Liverpool players.

The potential to draw a foul from the opposition is a much admired facet of football, showing speed of thought, impressive technique and no little slyness, and is something that can greatly benefit your side be it though free-kick to attack, to relieve pressure, or to reduce the side to ten (or less!) men.

The role diving plays in the awarding of a foul is contentious. It is almost certain that some of the fouls in these numbers below are from simulation. While all fans would want to see that side of the game stamped out, the skills for it are the same in drawing a legitimate foul - just with the slyness turned up some what.

Below are the top 4 most fouled goalkeepers, and the top ten most fouled defenders, midfielders and attackers:

Goalkeepers

Somewhat surprising that all four goalkeepers that had drawn the most fouls are from teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table, though then again, the ball may be more likely to be around their goal than the opposition's. Michel Vorm comes out on top here, on account of having played 11 games less than John Ruddy.

  TeamPosWas FouledAppsMins
MIchel Vorm Swansea GK 6 23 2,069
John Ruddy Norwich GK 6 34 3,060
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 5 29 2,610
Allan McGregor Hull GK 5 25 2,137

Defenders 

What's interesting here is that of the top ten defenders that have been fouled the most, 7 are left-backs. Whether that makes the right midfielders and right-backs of this world particularly poor tacklers or not is another question. Kudos to Liam Ridgwell for topping Leighton Baines in this list, despite his much larger centre-back-playing-left-back frame. That Danny Rose can feature so highly despite featuring just 18 times also illustrates his attacking game. Everton's Leighton Baines, Liverpool's Glen Johnson and Man City's Aleksandar Kolarov, are the only player's from the top five in the list, and no centre backs at all feature.

  TeamPosWas FouledAppsMins
Liam Ridgewell WBA DF 56 32 2,779
Leighton Baines Everton DF 51 27 2,390
Luke Shaw Southampton DF 38 31 2,642
Maynor Figueroa Hull DF 37 29 2,445
Joel Ward Crystal Palace DF 34 31 2,790
Erik Pieters Stoke DF 33 33 2,748
Danny Rose Spurs DF 33 18 1,563
Glen Johnson Liverpool DF 32 25 2,161
Aleksandar Kolarov Man City DF 31 23 1,584
Kyle Walker Spurs DF 31 26 2,298

Midfielders

Robert Snodgrass is second only to one man in the Premier League when it comes to being fouled. Surprising given that his place in the Norwich side is often questioned by their fans. Fellow of fleet-of-foot players such as Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Adnan Januzaj also feature highly, the latter with significantly less appearances than others, while more defensive players such as Fabian Delph and Ramires are surprisingly involved. The list is clearly a sprinkling of skilful midfielders with those battlers that are just as likely to give concede a foul as they are to earn one - I'm talking about you Cheick Tiote!

  TeamPosWas FouledAppsMins
Robert Snodgrass Norwich MF 70 26 2,212
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 69 34 2,794
Ross Barkley Everton MF 61 30 1,991
Fabian Delph Aston Villa MF 55 29 2,553
Adnan Januzaj Man Utd MF 54 24 1,422
Ramires Chelsea MF 52 29 2,517
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 52 29 1,870
Cheick Tioté Newcastle MF 48 29 2,412
Jack Colback Sunderland MF 45 27 1,891
Steven Pienaar Everton MF 45 22 1,620

 Forwards

The top two are fairly predictable given their current level of influence in the league. Both are seen as not only two of the quickest and best players, but also two that have experienced accusations of diving in the past. Eden Hazard is way out in front of any other player, while Suarez has four games less than the Belgian. Frazier Campbell and Marouane Chamakh do well to feature, showing that they have had decent seasons for their respective sides.

  TeamPosWas FouledAppsMins
Eden Hazard Chelsea FW 86 33 2,761
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 58 29 2,604
Fraizer Campbell Cardiff FW 55 33 2,447
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace FW 50 28 2,014
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 50 31 2,669
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 45 31 2,479
Shane Long WBA/Hull FW 45 26 1,974
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 43 26 2,128
Jonathan Walters Stoke FW 43 29 2,142
Fabio Borini Sunderland FW 41 26 1,624

 

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