Which Premier League players are the best tacklers?

17 Nov 2022
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As the Premier League pauses for the FIFA World Cup 2022, we are looking at some of the numbers behind the season so far.

Best tacklers

There is a standout performer in terms of tackling across the opening 16 Matchweeks of the season in Fulham's summer signing, Joao Palhinha.

  Tackles   Tackle success
Joao Palhinha 65 Pascal Struijk 71.4%
Tyler Adams 52 Neco Williams 65.9 %
Tomas Soucek 47 John McGinn 63.2%
Neco Williams 44 Alexis Mac Allister 61.4%
Alexis Mac Allister 44 Joao Palhinha 58.5%
Moises Caicedo 43 Mohammed Salisu 55.3%
Pascal Struijk 42 Tyler Adams 53.9%
Ruben Neves 40 Tomas Soucek 53.2%
John McGinn 38 Ruben Neves 45.0%
Mohammed Salisu 38 Moises Caicedo 44.2%

The Portuguese defensive midfielder has made 65 tackles so far, 13 more than the next-best player, Tyler Adams.

Palhinha also leads the way for tackles won, with 38, eight clear of Pascal Struijk

But the Leeds United centre-back is No 1 when it comes to ensuring tackle success, Struijk winning more than 71 per cent of the tackles he has attempted. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Which team are the best at shooting?
Part 2: Which team are best at converting big chances?
Part 3: Which team hit the woodwork the most?
Part 4: Which team have run the furthest?
Part 5: Which team have made the most substitutions?
Part 6: Which players are the best dribblers?
Part 7: Which players have covered the most distance?
Part 9: Which players are the best blockers?

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