5 best tacklers in world football right now
While proven goalscorers and talented ball-players are very essential in a football game, one cannot deny the importance of a good tackler in the team. Tackling is not everyone's cup of tea and not everyone can master the intricate techniques of winning the ball back. The ability to take the ball away from the opposition without causing a foul takes years of practice and quite a lot of talent.
In the fast-paced, attack-oriented era of the beautiful game, a good tackler adds a lot of depth to the team. There are quite a few talented tacklers in world football right now, but who are the top 5 among them? Read on to find out.
5. Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria, Leicester City)
Leicester City's impressive run this season has made everyone sit up and take notice. Brendan Rodgers deserves all the praise in the world for putting together a team that is hungry and determined. Along with the Scottish manager, players like Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and even Ricardo Pereira have been praised for their performances, but the unsung hero in this Leicester City team is Wilfred Ndidi.
The title-winning team of 2015/16 had N'Golo Kante doing the dirty work in the middle of the park. Ndidi operates from a similar position but is entrusted with a role that demands a lot more discipline. While Kante had the freedom and the heart to cover every blade of grass on the ground, Ndidi is a lot more restrained in his operation. The Nigerian prefers to sit ahead of the backline, providing them ample cover and ensuring that the defense is never compromised. He is one of the reasons why Leicester City have successfully coped with the departure of Harry Maguire this season.
Ndidi is almost flawless in his defensive work on the pitch. He has the most tackles in the Premier League this season - 59 from 11 appearances. He is also the league leader in interceptions, registering 36 interceptions so far. It is quite clear that Ndidi is pivotal to Brendan Rodger's plans this season.
The Nigeria stations himself at the base of a midfield three, allowing the more attack-minded players all the freedom to express themselves. Ndidi's distribution has been vital for the Leicester City full-backs to flourish so far as he has averaged 2.7 long balls per game. The Nigerian has also picked up 2 goals this season.
Ndidi is averaging a stupendous 5.4 tackles per game, which makes him one of the best tacklers this term. In addition, the Nigerian is averaging 3.3 interceptions and just 1.6 fouls per game.