Who were the best defenders in September? Rose, Koscielny and more

Tottenham Hotspur, Hull City, Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal stars all feature.

September was an important match for all Premier League teams as the transfer window closed and was immediately followed by the international break.

That provided sides all over the country with problems as momentum was brought to a halt and important players picked up injuries while on international duty with their countries.

However, several defenders stepped up and made it easier for their sides to secure vital points and we’ve taken a look at the best defenders last month in several key areas.

Outfield Blocks

  TeamPosOutfielder BlockAppsMins
Michael Dawson Spurs DF 10 3 270
Ashley Williams Swansea DF 6 3 270
Curtis Davies Hull DF 5 3 270
Ryan Shawcross Stoke DF 5 3 270
Wes Brown Sunderland DF 4 2 180

Former Tottenham Hotspur captain Michael Dawson was the best in terms of outfield blocks for Hull. That shows that Dawson’s positional play was spot on last month as the basic job of any defender is to put himself between the attacker and his own goal.

Tackles Won

  TeamPosWon TackleAppsMins
Danny Rose Spurs DF 10 3 263
Calum Chambers Arsenal DF 9 3 189
Pablo Zabaleta Man City DF 9 3 246
Ritchie de Laet Leicester DF 9 3 244
Leighton Baines Everton DF 8 3 270

Tottenham’s Danny Rose made the most successful tackles in September, making it extremely difficult for teams to attack down Spurs’ left hand side. Rose has been in great form this season, as Tottenham summer signing Ben Davies waits patiently for a chance.

Effective Clearances

  TeamPosEffective ClearanceAppsMins
Curtis Davies Hull DF 46 3 270
Damien Delaney Crystal Palace DF 33 3 270
Phil Jagielka Everton DF 33 3 270
Jason Shackell Burnley DF 33 3 270
Ashley Williams Swansea DF 31 3 270

Hull’s Curtis Davies was the most effective player when it came to clearing the ball, as he was able to consistently remove the pressure over his team at key moments. It will also please Roberto Martinez to see Everton defender Phil Jagielka featuring in this section considering the criticism the Toffees’ back four has received this season.

Aerial Duels Won

  TeamPosAerial WonAppsMins
Curtis Davies Hull DF 18 3 270
Paul Dummett Newcastle DF 15 2 180
Dejan Lovren Liverpool DF 14 3 270
Ryan Shawcross Stoke DF 14 3 270
Scott Dann Crystal Palace DF 13 3 270

Davies also tops the list for aerial duels won last month, making it difficult for sides to hurt Hull over the top. Liverpool will also be pleased to see Dejan Lovren so effective in this area considering the pressure he’s been under following his big money move from Southampton in the summer.

Interceptions Won

  TeamPosInterception WonAppsMins
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal DF 17 3 270
Curtis Davies Hull DF 13 3 270
Angel Rangel Swansea DF 13 3 261
César Azpilicueta Chelsea DF 11 3 270
Younes Kaboul Spurs DF 11 3 270

Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny proved to be the most intelligent central defender during September, stepping in and making more successful interceptions than anyone else. The Frenchman has been one of Arsene Wenger’s most consistent players over the last couple of seasons.

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