Revealed! 10 players that made the most sprints this season – good reading for Klopp!

first_img 9. Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal has made 457 sprints so far this season – Spanish defender Nacho Monreal is currently Arsenal first-choice left-back, ahead of Kieran Gibbs, and part of that is down to his tireless workrate. The 29-year-old has played every minute of Arsenal’s eight league matches, completing two more sprints than Milner – with 457. 10 8. West Ham’s Diafra Sakho has made 469 sprints so far this season – West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has netted three times in eight appearances so far for Slaven Bili?’s side, but statistics show he has more to his game than just goals. The Senegalese forward has been putting in the extra work in the absence of strike partner Enner Valencia, who is injured. His 469 sprints have been key in helping West Ham start life promisingly under the Croatian boss. 10 10 10 3. Bournemouth’s Simon Francis has made 519 sprints so far this season – Defender Simon Francis is the second Bournemouth player to feature in the top ten, two places above Matt Ritchie. Francis, 30, has played in all of Bournemouth’s Premier League matches, including their first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 home win over Sunderland, and the former Charlton man has recorded 519 sprints in those eight fixtures. 10 7. Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne has made 475 sprints so far this season – Summer signing Nathaniel Clyne is the second Reds player to feature in this top ten, with the England right-back keen to make an impression at Anfield. Clyne, who cost Liverpool a reported £12.5m, evidently has an impressive work rate down the right-hand side, which may impress his new boss. The ex Southampton and Crystal Palace man has made 475 sprints to put him seventh in the charts. Theo Walcott, Hector Bellerin, Memphis Depay and Raheem Sterling may be among some of the Premier League’s fastest players, but how consistently do they put in the hard work? We have the stats, provided by the EA Player Performance Index, to bring you the top sprinters so far this season. By tracking real-time player movement, each sprint above 25.2 kilometres per hour is recorded and here are the ten players with the highest tally so far in 2015/16.*All stats correct on 13 October 2015 10 10 6. Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has made 483 sprints so far this season – Kyle Walker will be glad to be ahead of fellow England right-back Clyne in the charts, after completing a credible 483 sprints, eight more than the Liverpool defender. Walker looks to have cemented his place as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice man on the right-hand side of defence, as he has played in all of Spurs’ eight Premier League matches this term. 10. Liverpool’s James Milner has made 455 sprints so far this season* – New Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp will be pleased to see James Milner in tenth place. The summer arrival from Man City is renown for his hard-working style of play and he has notched up 455 sprints in 8 appearances so far this term. 4. Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon has made 517 sprints so far this season – Crystal Palace fans on social media regularly express how Jason Puncheon deserves an England call-up, after an impressive string of performances in recent months. Puncheon has flourished under manager Alan Pardew and his tireless efforts have been backed up by EA’s statistics. Puncheon is fourth in the list, 43 behind the leader, as he has notched 517 sprints so far for the Eagles, who are currently fourth in the Premier League. 2. Watford’s Ikechi Anya has made 533 sprints so far this season – Scottish winger Ikechi Anya has been key in providing support for Watford’s strike force of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Anya, who featured for his country in September’s Euro 2016 qualifiers, has completed an impressive 533 sprints for the Hornets, to put him second in the standings. 10 1. Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey has made 560 sprints so far this season – Welshman Aaron Ramsey tops the list of most sprints accumulated in the Premier League this term. Ramsey, who has just helped Wales to qualify for Euro 2016, tops the charts by a considerable amount – 27 ahead of second-placed Anya – leading the way with an impressive 560 after just eight games. 10 10 5. Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie has made 506 sprints so far this season – talkSPORT fans may fondly remember Matt Ritchie for THAT wonder strike in the Cherries’ 2-0 win over Sunderland, but he is not just a one-hit wonder. The former Swindon man netted some key goals to help Eddie Howe’s men to the Championship title in 2014/15, and the Scottish international has made the step up to the Premier League well, completing 506 sprints in the process. He also tops the list for the highest amount of sprints accumulated in one game, with 102 in the draw with Watford. last_img

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