The footballers who win their one-on-one matchups with successful tackles can often have just as much impact on a game as a key striker or a pass-happy winger.
Here we take a look at the ten toughest tacklers in the Premier League, based on the number of times they’ve won their challenge though the first 12 games of the season:
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10. Chancel Mbemba – 40 tackles
A solid addition to Newcastle, Mbemba has done as much as he can to keep the team just outside of relegation.