The Premier League is home to some extraordinarily quick footballers, demonstrating that pace and agility are still high among the list of important attributes.
Some players use their speed when in possession to get past an opponent, while others make use of it off the ball, rushing back to defend after finding themselves out of position.
Running at full pace, or sprinting, allows a footballer to combine speed and stamina – only the fittest players can produce a large number of sprints per game.
And the three men who completed the most sprints in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign can now be revealed.
3. Mohamed Salah (667)
Salah may not have matched his goalscoring exploits of last season – although he still ended up sharing the Golden Boot with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and teammate Sadio Mane – but the Egyptian has been just as dangerous in attacking areas thanks to his speed.
His ability to strike fear into defenders with his rapid runs in behind is a big part of his game.
2. Andy Robertson (676)
Few players have the capacity to get from one end of the pitch to the other as quickly as Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson.
One minute, the Scotland captain is whipping in a cross for a teammate, the next he’s producing a goal-saving challenge, and it’s all a result of his sprinting.
1. Ben Chilwell (749)
It’s not hard to figure out why Manchester City are reportedly looking at Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell as a possible solution to their left-back problem.
The 22-year-old has been instrumental for the Foxes this term, effectively playing as a left wing-back who is just as likely to join the attack as he is to contribute in defence.
You’ll never sprint alone
Chilwell may have completed the most sprints as an individual, but Salah and Robertson helped Liverpool to become the best sprinters collectively.
Jurgen Klopp’s side completed 4,737 sprints in total throughout the 2018/19 Premier League season. Bournemouth were second with 4,571, while Liverpool’s Merseyside neighbours Everton came in third with 4,425.
Perhaps Manchester City will look to get an extra edge on Liverpool next season by attempting to lure Chilwell to the Etihad.
Watch the video at the top of the article to see more of our unique end-of-season Premier League stats – powered by Opta.
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