Tackling is an art, something which a lot of players are not able to do correctly in this day and age. A last ditch tackle can be the difference of keeping your team in the game or being reducing them to 10 men for the rest of the game, it is one of the most risky things in the game and some players have learned how to deal with this perfectly.
The Premier League is one of the toughest leagues to play in and is known for its physical presence and blood and thunder games, so it should come as no surprise as we talk about the top 5 tacklers from the Premier League this season. In the interest of getting the best players we only used those stats with those players who have played at least 15 games this season, all stats are from Squawka.com.
With 51 tackles this season and a 55% completion rate from tackles, it might be a bit of a surprise to see Kelly ranking in the top 5 but the former Liverpool and current Crystal Palace right back has been a mainstay for the Palace defence and now with Alan Pardew at the helm can be looking forward to going up and helping out the defence.
The Australian captain has always been considered to be one of the best defenders in the league and although he might be 30 years old but boy can he tackle. The Crystal Palace captain also has 51 tackles this season and he will hope to continue tackling a bit more till the season ends.
Another player you would expect in the list but Clyne has been one of the best defenders in the league and with the big clubs looking to sign him, he can do no wrong. The English right back has been one of Southampton’s best players this season and has 52 tackles to his name this season.
This one came as a bit of a shocker as Boyd is more known to be a winger or an attacking midfielder but he still comes in second in the list with 55 tackles to his name this season. The Burnley midfielder would probably love to trade all his tackles for a few more goals as he tries to keep Burnley in the Premier League.
There could really not be any doubt as to who would be leading this stat with Matic being the chief destroyer of most teams in the Premier League. The Serb has 58 tackles to his name from 21 games and probably will end the season with the most tackles as Chelsea look to win a few trophies this season.