Everton skipper Phil Jagielka has always been known as a powerful competitor in the air, but this season he has earned that reputation even more, as statistics from the Premier League demonstrate.
The one time England regular has made more headed clearances than any other player in the English top flight, alleviating his defence of pressure a total of 44 times in just seven games played so far this term.
Burnely's Michael Keane and Bournemouth's Steve Cook share second place with 37 clearances each, while the former's teammate, Ben Mee, has 34. A trio of players share joint fifth place; Virgil van Dijk of Southampton, Jan Vertonghen of Spurs and Hull City's Curtis Davies.
In the top 20 there is a significant lack of players coming from the league's leading clubs, which many will suggest is because leakier defences of the division face far more crosses and long balls than the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.
The full list is as follows:
|Player||Club||Number of Headed Clearances|
|Curtis Davies||Hull City||33|
|Virgil van Dijk||Southampton||33|
|Jan Vertonghen||Tottenham Hotspur||33|
|Damien Delaney||Crystal Palace||32|
|Simon Francis||Bournemouth ||31|
|Gareth McAuley||West Bromwich Albion||28|
|Aleksandar Kolarov||Manchester City||26|
|Lamine Kone||Sunderland ||26|
|Nicolas Otamendi||Manchester City||25|
|Winston Reid||West Ham United||25|
|Toby Alderweireld||Tottenham Hosptur ||24|
|Jordi Amat||Swansea City||23|
|Danny Simpson||Leicester City||23|