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Spurs midfielder Sandro leads way with most interceptions in Premier League

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro is leading the way with the most interceptions of play in the Premier League this season, according to data from talkSPORT.

The Brazilian has topped the list of unsung heroes, who have been highlighted as expert readers of the game, and is described by the publication as “the beast of the Tottenham midfield” and a “tireless worker”.

Sandro has made 74 interceptions so far this season and is beating all other players by some distance, with Spurs teammate Jan Vertonghen in second-place with 56.

The 23-year-old said: "I’m glad to reach those numbers, but when I'm playing I'm not noticing that data. I just think about winning games with Tottenham.

"But it is satisfying to see my work recognised and that's what I try to do; steal balls, intercept the opponent's offensive plays, and seek a good outlet for our attacks."

The former Internacional man has flourished under Andre Villas-Boas this season, especially due to his brilliant partnership with Moussa Dembele, and has earned plaudits for his impressive displays.

Top 10 Premier League players for interceptions

1. Sandro (Tottenham) - 74

2. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) - 56

3. Chris Baird (Fulham) - 56

4. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) - 55

5. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) - 51

6. Geoff Cameron (Stoke) - 50

7. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) - 50

8. Ryan Nelson (QPR) - 46

9. Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) - 45

10. Ashley Williams (Swansea) - 45

Sandro has also earned himself a place on the 30-man shortlist for the 2012 Samba Gold Trophy.

There is still time to vote for who you believe to be this year’s top Brazilian performer in European football by clicking here.

Source: Globo Esporte


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