The Premier League is regularly home to intelligent readers of the game. Predicting an opponent’s thought process is an art and certainly, some players have mastered it.
Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick gave the impression that it was easy to intercept the ball only with good positioning and superb understanding of the game. The Englishman was not the fastest of players but was excellent at making interceptions.
The Premier League have seen plenty of steals in the 2021-22 season
The Premier League is filled with players who have excellent positioning skills. They only helped their respective teams to recover the ball and disrupt the opposing game.
The 2021-22 season has seen unexpected players make a significant number of interceptions so far. On that note, let’s take a look at the players with the most Premier League interceptions this campaign.
# 5 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 48 steals
The Liverpool defender has been in excellent form this season. With two goals and nine assists to his name in the 2021-22 campaign, Trent Alexander-Arnold was a big contributor to the Reds’ offense.
The Englishman has put in an impressive performance this season with his fabulous technique and incredible vision. At times Trent Alexander-Arnold has been an unstoppable force on Liverpool’s right side.
Despite his offensive spirit, the 23-year-old right-back has also performed well defensively this season. With 48 interceptions in the 2021-2022 campaign, Trent Alexander-Arnold reached the top five on this list.
# 4 Mohammed Salisu (Southampton) – 49 interceptions
The Ghanaian defender has been chosen to replace the departure of Jaanik Vestergaard in last summer’s transfer window. Mohammed Salisu stepped up given the huge opportunity he had and has now become a reliable defender for Southampton.
The 22-year-old center-back has been one of the Saints’ strengths so far this season. With his aggressive and intelligent defensive approach, Mohammed Salisu has managed to keep a number of attackers at bay.
With a successful pressure percentage of 42.7%, the Southampton defender currently ranks second in the Premier League. Mohammed Salisu has been a good reader of the game so far and it has helped him make 49 league interceptions this season.