While every side has to do a good amount of defending during the course of a season, not all of them can get it right. Defending is an art which requires complete focus from all the 11 players on the pitch. The first line of defence starts with the attackers, who tries to close down a play by involving in high or mid-level pressing. Then comes the midfielders, who either join the attackers in the pressing side of things or will drop deep to help their defence out.
The last line of defence is the defenders. The two or centre-backs will be helped by the full-backs while the goalkeeper stays on the line to shout out instructions. It is important for a team to defend as a unit with the entire squad contributing to that side of the game. This becomes even more important when a side tries to hold on to a win or draw, as the pressure keeps mounting from the opposition.
In a league such as the English top flight, the task becomes a lot order. With the game being played at a quick pace, there is little room for a defender to make a mistake. Besides, the Premier League is a physically strong league, which is not something that suits every player. Hence, the teams who are capable of handling such intensity and physicality levels can make themselves strong to deal with ground and aerial duels.
Which club has registered the most headed clearances?
The team at the top of this list is Bournemouth with 527 headed clearances during the 2022-23 Premier League season. This can be looked at in two ways. One is that Bournemouth have tall strong players, who are capable of dealing with long balls and crosses being put into the box. The other is that they had to do a lot of defending, which was justified by their 15th place finish in the final league standing.
Most of the teams in this list are the ones that had finished in the lower half or mid-table last season. Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest occupy the next three places. All three where involved in the relegation battle at one point or another, showing how much defending they had to do during the course of the league campaign.
Manchester United are an exception
This table consists of only two teams that finished in the top half of the league table last season. One was Brentford, who managed a ninth-place finish in the league standings, while the other was third-placed Manchester United. This is proof that the Red Devils had dealt with the aerial duels quite well, however, it also indicates that they did a good amount of defending last campaign. Check out the table below to know more about the clubs that have registered the most headed clearances in the 2022-23 Premier League season.
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