The offside flag can be one of the most frustrating aspects of football, but the law is part and parcel of the game with several players more prone than others to wandering behind defensive lines.
Ever wondered who the most flagged players in the Premier League are? We’ve delved into this season’s stats to find the players caught offside on the most occasions during the current campaign.
Here are the five Premier League players to be caught offside the most so far this season:
Jamie Vardy – 19 offsides
The current leader in the race to secure the Premier League’s Golden Boot is also amongst the most flagged players of the season so far, Vardy seeing the linesman’s flag raised on 19 occasions.
The former England forward tends to live on the shoulder of the last defender and those tight margins have paid dividends in terms of goals, but also in his high number of offsides.
Miguel Almiron – 20 offsides
Miguel Almiron’s previous struggles in front of goal were well documented at Newcastle, though the Paraguayan has remained an ever-willing runner in his bid to improve his goalscoring form.
After breaking his duck against Crystal Palace in December, Almiron has netted six goals in all competitions, reward for his desire to get into goalscoring positions.
The 26-year-old’s eagerness to get forward has seen him caught offside on 20 occasions, however, the fourth-highest amount in the division.
Tammy Abraham – 20 offsides
Sitting level with Almiron amongst the most flagged footballers is Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, the England international roaming offside on 20 occasions.
The 22-year-old has impressed since being handed an opportunity in the Chelsea first-team so far this season, scoring 13 Premier League goals for Frank Lampard’s side – though his numbers could perhaps be greater by improving the timing of his forward runs.
Callum Wilson – 24 offsides
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson has enjoyed a mixed season thus far, scoring just eight league goals and embarking on a goal drought of 1319 minutes between goals against West Ham in September and Brighton in January.
Wilson’s desperation to end his poor run of form in front of goal could be part of the reason for his 24 offsides, the second-highest of any player in the Premier League this season.
Remarkably, Bournemouth have registered just 47 offsides this season, Wilson responsible for over half of the club’s entire total.
Chris Wood – 31 offside
Comfortably ahead of the chasing pack is Burnley’s Chris Wood, the New Zealand international caught offside a huge 31 times so far this season.
Wood’s tally has contributed to a total of 69 offsides for Burnley, the highest amount of any side in the Premier League.
The forward’s haul has also come from just 26 league appearances for the Clarets, Wood averaging 1.19-offsides-per-game during the current campaign.
Something to work on perhaps, Chris?