The 9 Premier League Defenders Who Have Had the Most Attempts at Goal This Season

Defenders aren't exactly renowned for taking shots at goal. 

While some cautious centre-backs might go whole seasons without even a single attempt to their name, full-backs tend to be a bit more adventurous - but still, while they might be found perhaps having one attempt each game, a consistent goalscoring defender is still pretty rare.

But there will always be the odd rebel, the odd defender looking to buck the trend by striking at goal at a far higher rate than is 'normal'. With that in mind, here's a look at the 9 Premier League defenders who've had the most shots so far this season...

9. Adam Smith - 16 Shots

Adam Smith's fine strike against Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season, combined with the screamer he scored against Everton in 2015/16, should demonstrate that the Bournemouth right-back is well within his rights to shoot when he gets sight of goal.

2016/17 Goals: 1

8. Jose Holebas - 17 Shots

The left-sided Watford defender has enjoyed a strong season so far after taking a little while to settle in English football when he first arrived from Roma in 2015. The Greek's stunning winner against Middlesbrough in October is a highlight of a good campaign thus far.

2016/17 Goals: 2

7. David Luiz - 18 Shots

It's hardly surprising that Chelsea cult star David Luiz is among the Premier League's most trigger happy defenders when it comes to letting fly at goal. What is surprising is that the Brazilian, who is more technical than the average defender, hasn't scored since his return.

2016/17 Goals: 0

6. Aleksandar Kolarov - 18 Shots

The arrival of Pep Guardiola in the summer and a lack of other options during the first half of the season has seen Aleksandar Kolarov often operating from the centre of Manchester City's defence in 2016/17. But that hasn't stopped him shooting at a rate of almost once per game.

2016/17 Goals: 1

5. Nathaniel Clyne - 18 Shots

Attacking full-back play has been part of Liverpool's philosophy all season, perfectly matching Nathaniel Clyne's abilities. The former Southampton man is yet to register a Premier League goal after half a campaign, though, while he only scored once in 2015/16.

2016/17 Goals: 0

4. James Milner - 19 Shots

All 18 of James Milner's Premier League appearances this season have come as Liverpool's starting left-back in a surprising but successful switch of position for the England international. He's scored five goals as well, albeit exclusively from the penalty spot.

2016/17 Goals: 5

3. Marcos Alonso - 20 Shots

Operating as an attacking wing-back rather than a conventional full-back has definitely helped Marcos Alonso get further forward since his return to the Premier League with Chelsea in the summer. His only goal so far came in a 4-0 mauling of Manchester United.

2016/17 Goals: 1

2. Patrick van Aanholt - 20 Shots

With more Premier League shots to his name this season than Manchester United pair Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt has continued his personal good form after a strong individual 2015/16 campaign and has three goals to boot.

2016/17 Goals: 3

1. Danny Rose - 21 Shots

Danny Rose's winner in a 2-1 victory for Tottenham against Burnley shortly before Christmas was the left-back's second Premier League goal of the season. His first came way back in August and was an equally important strike that secured a point against Liverpool.

2016/17 Goals: 2

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