Shocking stats show Tottenham star is Premier League’s dirtiest player

Oulala's stats show Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela is the dirtiest player in the Premier League this season

Russ Cane from Oulala
By Russ Cane from Oulala
Erik Lamela has committed 47 fouls this season Photo: Oulala

Fantasy Football game www.oulala.com have revealed the Premier League’s 12 dirtiest players this season – and the man that tops the list may come as a shock.

As expected, defenders and defensive midfielders make up the majority of the players to have committed the most fouls, however it’s Spurs forward Erik Lamela who surprisingly takes the number one spot.

The 23-year-old has committed a total of 47 fouls in just 23 Premier League appearances, an average of a little more than two per game. Two of Lamela’s Tottenham team-mates join the Argentine on the list. Eric Dier has made 40 fouls, while Dele Alli has committed 37.

It is therefore no surprise to see Spurs leading one particular table this season, the team to have made the most fouls (328). Manchester United have committed 325 and sit second, while Crystal Palace have made 323, enough for third spot.

Lamela has collected six yellow cards from his 47 fouls this term. The Premier League’s most cautioned player, Alexander Tetty of Norwich City, fails to make the top 12 despite picking up 10 yellow cards. Southampton’s Victor Wanyama has collected three red cards, however only ranks as the Premier League’s tenth dirtiest player.

Last season, Burnley forward Ashley Barnes topped the Premier League’s fouls committed table, after making a total of 74 in 35 appearances.

Looking through Europe, Palermo midfielder Franco Vázquez has committed a shocking 75 fouls in 24 Serie A games. As the Premier League’s dirtiest player, Lamela is in-fact ranked as low as 18th across European football’s top leagues.

Is this a sign that English referees are more lenient than their European counterparts?

Or has the English game sharpened up, finally shedding the physical side it was once widely famed for and is now becoming more technical with the influx of foreign mangers and players?

This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com

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