West Ham and Swansea stars topped league charts in key area last weekend

Swansea Liberty Stadium

Swansea City and West Ham United were in action at the weekend.

Swansea City’s Leroy Fer and West Ham United’s Cheikhou Kouyate topped the charts this past weekend for being the midfielders who managed the most interceptions in the Premier League.

The Swans made sure of Premier League survival and condemned Chelsea to their first league defeat under Guus Hiddink as they defeated the Blues in a close encounter at the Liberty Stadium.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the only goal of the game and has since rightfully earned the plaudits for his strike, yet arguably Swansea’s best player of the afternoon was his teammate Fer.

  TeamInterceptionsMins Played
Leroy Fer Swansea 8 90
Cheikhou Kouyaté West Ham 7 90
Dan Gosling Bournemouth 5 90
Yohan Cabaye C. Palace 4 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the Netherlands international posted more interceptions than any other midfielder at the weekend as he continually broke down Chelsea’s attacks.

The 26-year-old was a January signing from Queens Park Rangers and he has swiftly fitted in at Swansea, playing a key role in the club’s resurgence in form and climb up to a safe mid-table position.

While Fer topped the charts outright, West Ham United’s Cheikhou Kouyate was second in the list as he posted an impressive seven interceptions during his side’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal.

He was wrongly dismissed in the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace, and the decision to overturn his red card allowed manager Slaven Bilic to select the enforcer in the Hammers’ last ever London derby at the Boleyn Ground.

Cheikhou his a key member of West Ham’s first-team eleven, and his presence in midfield allows the likes of Dimitri Payet to play with more freedom knowing his defence are being well protected.

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