10 prolific Premier League foulers revealed by new data

  • Premier League about to restart after final international break of 2023
  • Players from Arsenal, Tottenham & Chelsea among those who regularly commit fouls
  • Wolves responsible for four players in the division's top ten

The north London duo commit quite a few fouls
The north London duo commit quite a few fouls / Visionhaus/Contributor and Visionhaus / Contributor
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4,120 tackles have been made throughout the 2023/24 Premier League season so far and, as you'd guess, not all of them have been legal.

While some players have excelled off the ball, others have been a bit too prone to giving away needless free-kicks and penalties too.

Today, we're going to focus on the latter. Here's the ten Premier League players who've committed the most fouls per 90 minutes throughout the season so far:


10. Ian Maatsen (Chelsea)

Ian Maatsen
Maatsen hasn't played much / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 2.5
Minutes played: 107
Yellow cards: 1

Ian Maatsen has seemingly kicked opposition players more than he's kicked a football since his return to Chelsea.


9. Destiny Udogie (Tottenham Hotspur)

Destiny Udogie
Recently saw red in a defeat to Chelsea / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 2.5
Minutes played: 788
Yellow cards: 3

Destiny Udogie has been fantastic since being integrated into the Tottenham Hotspur first-team, becoming a positive influence particularly in the offensive third of the pitch.

But with three yellow cards, a sending off and 2.5 fouls per game to his name, he perhaps needs to refine his game in the defensive third.


8. Joao Gomes (Wolves)

Joao Gomes
Battling hard / Neal Simpson/Allstar/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 2.6
Minutes played: 768
Yellow cards: 4

Sitting at the heart of Wolves' midfield is probably isn't the easiest job in the world. Joao Gomes is just one yellow card off receiving a suspension, and probably a well deserved break from playing in that busy role.


7. Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)

Gabriel Jesus hasn't played much due to injury
Gabriel Jesus hasn't played much due to injury / Fran Santiago/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 2.7
Minutes played: 364
Yellow cards: 2

The man who leads Arsenal's offensive press has given away quite a few fouls this season. It comes with the territory, we guess.


6. Sasa Kalajdzic (Wolves)

Sasa Kalajdzic
Big man up top / Neal Simpson/Allstar/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 2.8
Minutes played: 129
Yellow cards: 1

Note for all the managers out there: gigantic target men will give away a lot of free kicks when winning aerial duals.


5. Nicolo Zaniolo (Aston Villa)

Nicolò Zaniolo
More yellow cards than goals / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 2.8
Minutes played: 427
Yellow cards: 2

Here's a not very fun fact for Aston Villa fans: Nicolo Zaniolo has accumulated two more yellow cards than goals this season.

They're lucky everyone else on their team is so bloody good.


4. Fabio Silva (Wolves)

Fabio Silva
Fabio Silva gave away a penalty recently / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 2.8
Minutes played: 261
Yellow cards: 2

Yep, another Wolves player. Do they just not know the rules or something?


3. Wataru Endo (Liverpool)

Wataru Endo
Endo has somehow not been booked yet / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 3
Minutes played: 208
Yellow cards: 0

Managing three fouls per 90 and yet not receiving a single yellow card might be the single greatest achievement of the 2023/24 season so far.

Nice one, Endo.


2. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest)

Ryan Yates
Yates commits a lot of fouls / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 3.3
Minutes played: 360
Yellow cards: 2

Considering Ryan Yates has only made 13 tackles all season, it's almost impressive that he fouls opposition at the rate that he does.


1. Boubacar Traore (Wolves)

Boubacar Traoré - Soccer Player
Another Wolves player / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Fouls committed per 90: 4.2
Minutes played: 256
Yellow cards: 1

Yep, another Wolves player.

Traore commits fouls better than Erling Haaland scores goals. Top class.


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