Revealed: The Premier League’s top 10 filthiest forwards of 2016

Date published: Friday 19th August 2016 11:54

Diego Costa & Shane Long: One is the PL's 'dirtiest' forwards

Diego Costa & Shane Long: One is the PL's 'dirtiest' forward

We take a look at the Premier League’s 10 dirtiest forwards when it comes to fouls committed – and the chart makes surprise reading for Chelsea bad boy Diego Costa.

Spain striker Costa – portrayed as a pantomime villain in the media – claimed earlier this week he is unfairly targeted by Premier League referees, players and fans alike. And our stats show the Chelsea man might well have a point.

In Antonio Conte’s first league game in charge of Chelsea, Costa scored a late winner in a 2-1 victory against West Ham. However, many felt that the controversial Chelsea striker should not have been on the pitch when, having already been booked, he lunged in studs first on Hammers keeper Adrián.

After the match, a clearly frustrated West Ham boss Slaven Bilic felt the player was fortunate not to see red.

Diego Costa: Only charts in 16th place

However, the stats team at Oulala have taken a look at the Premier League strikers who have committed the most fouls during the 2016 calendar year. And astonishingly, Costa does not even feature in the top 10.

Southampton’s Shane Long ranks at number one with a total of 30 fouls. This includes fouls committed from the start of January to the end of last season, as well as the first game of the 2016/17 campaign.

Manchester United’s Anthony Martial comes in at number four on the list with 26 fouls committed.

The top 10 includes several players who are no longer in the EPL either due to relegation or moves elsewhere, with Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew, Newcastle’s Aleksander Mitrovic and Graziano Pelle, who now plays for Chinese club Shandong Luneng, all making the top 10.

On the other hand, the so labelled bad boy, Costa ranks all the way down in 16th for fouls committed with a total of 20. That is 10 less than Long in first place and six less than Martial in fourth.

To further dampen Costa’s bad boy tag, another bizarre stat is that despite his reputation, the player has so far only ever been sent off once during his Chelsea career.

 

Do you feel Costa’s reputation is deserved? Or is he harshly treated and just a victim?

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    James Marshment
    James Marshment
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    We look at the Premier League’s 10 dirtiest forwards when it comes to fouls committed – and the chart makes shock reading for Diego Costa.

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    Its all very well saying he doesn’t get bookings. I’d like to see some sort of table showing how many players have received potentially career ending tackles from him. Like Pepe from RM he seems malicious in his tackling. Cool. Peace

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    liverpool_1986
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    This weekend proved with tv replays that these stats are clouded because Costa is repeatedly allowed to go unpunished for the fouls he commits. He may not have been the dirtiest player last season but he was 100% amongst the dirtiest. In fact it’s actually worse because he gets away with some seriously nasty stuff on a regular basis.

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    nine nine nine
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    The stats confirm Costa’s view that he’s a marked man and sometimes harshly judged and treated. Does he push the barriers a little too far? Sometimes he does.

    1986, the challenge on Adrian on another night under another Ref could easily have been a second yellow card but the majority of strikers in that circumstance would have done exactly what Conte did because the ball was loose.

    Here’s what Slave Bilic said about the challenge ” to be fair I saw the incident again in the dressing room and it wasn’t reckless and I don’t think it was deliberate even he could have, should have been booked” All of which seems about right.

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