It’s important for any team to have several players who can tackle effectively because it helps a side break up pressure, but also maintain it during key periods over their opposition.
Here are the top ten Premier League players for tackles won throughout 2014.
|Position||Team||Won Tackle||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Mile Jedinak||MF||C. Palace||100||37||3,296|
|Joel Ward||DF||C. Palace||85||38||3,420|
|Mark Noble||MF||West Ham||79||31||2,640|
|Pablo Zabaleta||DF||Man City||77||32||2,856|
|Jake Livermore||MF||Hull City||72||36||3,113|
Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak won more tackles in 2014 than any other midfielder. He’s led by example as the club’s captain and they’re going to miss him in the coming weeks while he’s away representing Australia. He’s joined by teammate Joel Ward in the top ten.
It won’t surprise many to see Chelsea star Nemanja Matic second on the list. Matic has the ability to play as an ugly, gritty player who breaks up the play but he’s also got it in his locker to start attacks and move possession forward quickly for the Blues.
Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin is again showing why the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with him, with Tottenham having seen numerous bids turned down last summer. He’s not afraid to play ugly and get stuck in for the good of his team.