Derby County star George Thorne is Championship's most prolific tackler

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Stars from Derby County, Huddersfield, Bolton, Preston, Rotherham, MK Dons, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Charlton make up the top 10.

Derby County midfielder George Thorne is the most prolific tackler in the Championship so far this season.

The 22-year-old is showing his value for the Rams, who have begun to improve after a tricky start to the campaign under new boss Paul Clement.

Thorne has recorded an average of 4.6 tackles per game, ahead of Huddersfield Town's Jonathan Hog who recorded four tackles per appearance.

The data from Opta is below, applicable to players who have featured in more than one Championship game this season.

  PositionTeamTackles won per gameAppearances
George Thorne MF Derby 4.6 5
Jonathan Hogg MF Huddersfield 4 6
Chris Solly DF Charlton 3.17 6
John Welsh MF Preston 3.14 7
Lewis Buxton DF Rotherham 3 6
Mark Davies MF Bolton 3 6
Kalvin Phillips MF Leeds 3 3
Jay Spearing MF Bolton 3 2
Dean Lewington DF MK Dons 2.71 7
David Vaughan MF Forest 2.71 7

For Derby it is encouraging to see the combative Thorne topping the list, given the serious knee injury he suffered shortly after signing from, West Brom last summer.

Seven of the top 10 are midfielders, with Charlton Athletic's Chris Solly's 3.17 tackles per game more than any other defender in the Championship.

Leeds United teenager Kalvin Phillips' record is encouraging, and also a surprise on his part, that he is ahead of teammate and England youth international Lewis Cook.

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