Three Newcastle players feature in top 15 dirtiest Premier League players
Three Newcastle players feature in a list of the dirtiest players in the Premier League last season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic taking the honours for Newcastle with only nine other Premier League players committing more fouls than the United striker, made all the more remarkable by the fact that Mitrovic only started 22 PL games.
An interesting season for the former Anderlecht forward, picking up four yellows and two reds as well as nine goals, in his debut season in the Premier League.
He came to England with a reputation and hardly helped himself when his first two contributions for Newcastle were wild challenges in each of his first two appearances, both bringing bookings.
It is a worry how he will cope with Championship defenders winding him up and so hopefully missing the first four matches of the season, thanks to his Spurs sending off, will give him some valuable thinking time.
Looking at the list below, it is usually combative midfielders and defenders who figure highly, strikers having less reason to find themselves up there.
Bit of a surprise maybe to see Moussa Sissoko also on 50 fouls, the same as Mitrovic. With Sissoko it looks more that he doesn’t really know how to tackle very well, as somebody with his pace shouldn’t be picking up so many fouls.
With only one foul less it is no surprise to see Jack Colback in the list, picking up a shocking 11 yellows to go with the 12 in his first Newcastle season. That makes it 23 bookings in only 63 Premier League starts for United.
His chronic lack of pace means he is often caught in possession and unable to recover has a habit of grabbing the opponent and picking up a soft yellow, hopefully he will not be so exposed in the Championship.
With such a long season covering 46 games, Newcastle need to rein back on the suspensions they have increasingly picked up in recent years.
Numbers of fouls committed in the 2015/16 Premier League season as compiled by the Express:
68 Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa)
66 Erik Lamela (Spurs)
62 Claudio Yacob (West Brom)
59 Erik Pieters (Stoke)
55 Fernandinho (Man City)
54 Danny Drinkwater (Leicester)
53 Etienne Capoue (Watford)
52 Morgan Schneiderlin (Man Utd)
52 Eric Dier (Spurs)
50 Dele Alli (Spurs)
50 Troy Deeney (Watford)
50 Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United)
50 Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)
50 Victor Wanyama (Southampton)
49 Marko Arnautovic (Stoke)
49 Jack Colback (Newcastle United)
49 Lucas Leiva (Liverpool)
48 Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa)
48 Mousa Dembele (Spurs)
47 Odion Ighalo (Watford)
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