Revealed - The Premier League's hardest player last season

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Everton, Manchester City and Southampton stars all feature.

Tackling is one of the basic tactics any player needs to be able to master in the modern game.

The ability to tackle effectively under pressure helps defences to clear danger and attacks to keep the pressure right over their opponents, as sides go hunting for an all important goal.

We’ve taken a look at the list of the best tacklers in the Premier League last season and there are a few names which may surprise you.

  ClubPosWon TackleAppsMins
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 102 38 3,389
Joel Ward Crystal Palace DF 102 36 3,240
Steve Sidwell Fulham MF 93 38 3,233
Pablo Zabaleta Man City DF 92 35 3,079
Erik Pieters Stoke DF 90 36 2,902
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 87 33 2,766
James McCarthy Everton MF 84 34 2,856
Claudio Yacob West Brom MF 84 27 1,843
Karim El Ahmadi Aston Villa MF 81 31 2,187
Mark Noble West Ham MF 80 38 3,343

One of the reasons Crystal Palace were so effective over the closing stages of the season is down to two people; Tony Pulis and Mile Jedinak.

The captain was superb when it came to racing around the midfield, breaking up the play and moving possession on quickly to Palace’s more creative midfield stars.

It may seem a little harsh to focus on Jedinak without a mention for Joel Ward who was equal top with his skipper in terms of the number of successful tackles made last season.

Ward stepped up when the side was under real pressure and made sensible challenges, winning possession in key areas.

Fulham’s Steve Sidwell will feel a little aggrieved that his efforts weren’t matched by his teammates, as Fulham were relegated down to the Championship.

Pablo Zabaleta also deserves a mention because of the fact he’s holding a second Premier League title winning medal in three-years. He was the Premier League’s standout right-back last season.

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