Wolves might be known for their passing football but what might be more surprising is they also pack a punch in the tackle.
Last season Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had four players in the top 20 of the most prolific tacklers in the Premier League * – the only team to register that many. Midfielder Joao Moutinho, centre back Willy Boly, left wing back Jonny Castro Otto and midfielder Ruben Neves all featured in the list, which was topped by Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi. The Foxes midfielder made 143 tackles, with a 69 per cent success rate, one challenge ahead of Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who registered 63 per cent.
Moutinho made 113 tackles which put him fifth in the list and produced a 51 per cent success rate. Boly was 11th with 85 challenges and a slightly higher rate of winning challenges of 61 per cent. Jonny was 16th with 79 tackles and a 54 per cent win rate and Neves was 20th 75 and 43.
Crystal Palace were literally snapping at Wolves’ heels, as they were next highest in terms of numbers of players in the list with three. Right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has since joined Manchester United, was third with 129 and 70, Serbia international Luka Milivojevic was ninth with 89 and 76 and fellow midfielder James McArthur’s totals of 84 and 61 put him 12th. Milivojevic was actually the most successful tackler in the top flight and Wan-Bissaka second.
Leicester had two players in the top five, with left back and double player of the year Ricardo Pereira in fourth place with 118 and 56, just ahead of his Portugal team-mate Moutinho.
Chelsea were the only team from the top six to have two players in the list. Cesar Azpilicueta was sixth with 105 and a 57 per cent success rate and Jorginho 19th with 76 and 50. The only other player from a top six team to be included in the top 20 was Liverpool left back Andrew Robertson, with 80 tackles and a 61 per cent success rate, which put him 15th.
* statistics are from the Premier League.