The Everton captain has been a role model in disciplined football this season.
He told the Toffees' website that this style of defending was something that he tried to stick to, having only suffered three cautions in the previous two seasons combined.
“Bookings are not something I particularly like," Jagielka said. "Being a defender in this day and age, it’s not nice to play with a yellow card next to your name; you’re only one tackle away from being sent off.
“It’s something that I do think about and I don’t think John Stones picks up too many bookings either. This new way of defending is hopefully something we can improve on for next season.”
No other outfield player has as many minutes as Jagielka has gathered this season, 3105, and has yet to be booked - a sure sign of his impressive reading of the game.
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His defensive performances have produced only 18 fouls, just over one every two games, and again it means that he has been one of the best in the league when it comes to conceding free kicks. Only four defenders have played as many minutes as the Toffees captain while conceding fewer fouls.
Though Everton have had a disappointing season overall, their form had picked up in the last couple of months until the last couple of matches.
With Everton possibly in the running for a Europa League spot on account of their disciplinary record, Jagielka will know that although winning their games with West Ham and Spurs are what's important, they should try and do so fairly in order to have another chance of a European adventure.