Football isn’t all about physicality – just ask Xavi – but it sure does help if you can out pace all of your opponents.
Fitness training has become more and more scientific over the past decade or so and we are seeing players reach top speeds that we couldn’t have even dreamt of just a few years ago. Pace is not all the game, but if you can cover more ground and do it more regularly than the opposition you are halfway there to defeating your rivals.
Some players can think faster than others, some can do faster stepovers and some are just exceptionally quick over 10 or 50 metres. A lot of the game is about skill and a lot is about tactics – but you can’t beat a good old fashioned electric speedster who can terrify any opposing defender.
With all this sprinting excitement, we thought you might be keen to hear about the FIVE quickest players in the league…
From Fleetwood to a champion with Leicester City, Vardy has reached superhuman speeds at times this season.
Stretching the opposition’s defence like some sort of elastic band, Vardy has so much pace that is has led him to being one of the top scorers in Europe this season. Pair pure speed with a powerful and accurate shot and you’ve got quite a cocktail.
Apparently, Hector Bellerin is the fastest player they have ever had at Arsenal.
The Spanish full-back still makes the odd mistake defensively, but his road-runner style sprints usually allow him to compensate.
Schlupp has only been a fringe player for the majority of Leicester’s title winning season.
Often being brought on to replace Marc Albrighton the left flank, Schlupp’s pace makes him an adaptable player and has been of huge assistance to Claudio Ranieri. There’s every chance that other Premier League clubs will have their eyes on Schlupp this summer.
After his fairly torrid time at Manchester United, Wilfried Zaha seems to be back to his best at Crystal Palace.
It was touch and go between Zaha and Bolasie to make it on to this list, but the former Manchester United man just squeaked ahead of his Palace team-mate.
Chelsea’s best player this season has remarkably quick feet and he has scurried around every field in the league this season like his life depends on it.
The Brazilian might not have the talent of Eden Hazard, but he has sure shown that he can win a foot-race with the best of them.