Heading is not for everyone.
A large proportion of players lack the desire – and height – to produce a commanding aerial performance. However, plenty of others relish aerial duels and make it their business to dominate opponents every time the ball leaves the floor.
They are usually central defenders, who are forced to repel long balls and crosses into the area. Some old-school centre forwards also take to the skies in an effort to find a route to goal, despite the fact that most teams in England’s top flight prefer to keep things on the deck these days.
The Premier League is home to some of the best headers of a ball in the game – but do you know which aerial colossus has won the most in the 2019/20 season so far?
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 to bring you up to speed….
Most headers won: Premier League 2019/20
1. Sebastien Haller: 169 headers won (1,763 minutes)
2. Joelinton: 129 headers won (1,860 minutes)
3. James Tarkowski: 120 headers won (2,160 minutes)
4. Harry Maguire: 114 headers won (2,160 minutes)
5. Oliver McBurnie: 108 headers won (1,075 minutes)
6. Virgil van Dijk: 107 headers won (1,900 minutes)
7. Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 105 headers won (1,493 minutes)
8. Ben Mee: 104 headers won (2,160 minutes)
9. Jack O’Connell: 101 headers won (2,160 minutes)
10. Troy Deeney: 100 headers won (1,086 minutes)
(Correct as of Gameweek 24 – 16:30 23/01/2020)