Former Hamilton man James McArthur has topped a new Premier League study for his work in the Crystal Palace engine room.

The Crystal Palace star has committed 259 fouls over the last five seasons – the most of any player in the Premier League in that same period.

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur.

McArthur’s enjoyed a good spell down south. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Remarkably though, he has managed to keep himself on the referee’s good side. He’s picked up just 29 yellow cards in five years and has yet to see red in a Crystal Palace shirt.

You need to go all the way back to 2009 for his last red card, which came for Accies in May of that year.


The figures come as part of a new study, titled ‘In The Book,’ which looked at the numbers to determine different defensive stats, including bookings, red cards fouls and more.

Plying his trade down south. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

It would appear as McArthur has mastered the art of breaking up play without getting himself in trouble. He’s enjoyed spells with Crystal Palace and Wigan since moving south from Hamilton.

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