Who are the fastest Premier League players right now?
In football they say speed kills. So here are the deadliest in each position, using exclusive data requested from Opta.
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Fastest Premier League goalkeeper: Robert Sánchez
- Club: Chelsea
- Appearances: 12
- Top speed: 35.11km/h
The role of a goalkeeper naturally limits their movement. They predominantly stay within the penalty area, mostly standing and walking throughout games.
But staying alert is a fundamental trait where one must have to excel in this unique position. Charging towards an opposition attacker, thus limiting their scope and hurrying them into action, can only be effectively done by the quickest of shot-stoppers.
Right now Robert Sánchez, who swapped Brighton for Chelsea this past summer, is in a class of his own. His top speed of 35.11km/h is substantially higher than second-best José Sá (29.33km/h) of Wolves with Arsenal’s backup Aaron Ramsdale (29.04km/h) in third place so far.
2. José Sá (29.33km/h)
3. Aaron Ramsdale (29.04km/h)
4. Neto (28.94km/h)
5. David Raya (28.37km/h)
Fastest Premier League defender: Dara O’Shea
- Club: Burnley
- Appearances: 8
- Top speed: 36.73km/h
It’s been a challenging period for Premier League returnees Burnley, who dazzled with their forward-thinking approach last term in English football’s second tier.
At time of writing, Vincent Kompany’s men are bottom of the standings and to say his players have been given a workout is an understatement. Among those busting his gut is centre-back Dara O’Shea, who missed four games to date. He’s managed to post a top speed of 36.73km/h, somewhat impressive as it just beats former Wolfsburg man Micky van de Ven (35.52km/h), who joined Tottenham after being clocked as the fastest Bundesliga centre-back last season.
Ben Chilwell (35.5km/h), who’s currently sidelined for Chelsea, rounds off this particular top three. Manchester City full-back Kyle Walker (35.32km/h), renowned for his electric pace, is threatening to break into the medal positions.
2. Micky van de Ven (35.52km/h)
3. Ben Chilwell (35.5km/h)
4. Kyle Walker (35.32km/h)
5. Max Aarons (35.19km/h)
Fastest Premier League midfielder: Dominik Szoboszlai
- Club: Liverpool
- Appearances: 12
- Top speed: 36.76km/h
One area that Liverpool needed strengthening was their midfield engine. In Dominik Szoboszlai, they now possess a dynamic fulcrum who continues to earn plaudits for his insatiable work-rate. It’s something he acknowledged recently.
“Because I want to win,” Szoboszlai said when asked where he gets his energy and drive from. “Even if we are in front I don’t want to concede any goals, that’s why I run. If we are behind I want to score goals, that’s why I run. It is always the reason why you have to run.”
Szoboszlai (with a top speed of 36.76km/h) can just about call himself the Premier League’s fastest midfielder, with a hair’s breadth currently separating him, Merseyside rival Amadou Onana (36.65km/h) and Luton’s Tahith Chong (36.37km/h).
2. Amadou Onana (36.65km/h)
3. Tahith Chong (36.67km/h)
4. Bryan Mbeumo (35.94km/h)
5. Sander Berge (35.9km/h)
Fastest Premier League forward: Chiedozie Ogbene
- Club: Luton
- Appearances: 12
- Top speed: 36.93km/h
Now this is where the difference is often made. A quick forward is a defender’s nightmare and the league’s most rapid player is currently Chiedozie Ogbene (36.93km/h). It would have put him second last season, when only Kyle Walker recorded a faster sprint (37.31km/h).
The Luton and Republic of Ireland forward, 26, was playing in League Two with Exeter City four years ago but is now being tipped for Champions League football.
“There is no reason why he cannot aim for Champions League football,” former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane recently wrote for the Irish Times.
“And not necessarily with an English team. It’s his versatility, the ability to play left or right, as an attacker or wing-back that will earn him a lucrative deal.”
Wolves’ Pedro Neto (36.86km/h) is not that far behind Ogbene and, despite currently being out injured, is leading the ‘assist king’ race.
Anthony Gordon (36.68km/h) meanwhile is enjoying a breakthrough campaign with Newcastle and it doesn’t seem long before he earns a senior England call-up.
2. Pedro Neto (36.86km/h)
3. Anthony Gordon (36.68km/h)
4. Dominic Solanke (36.1km/h)
5. Moussa Diaby (35.89km/h)
Who are the fastest Premier League players in 2023-24 overall?