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Which Premier League players have covered the most distance?

17 Nov 2022
James Ward-Prowse, Southampton

Find out who has stood out when analysing metres run and sprints in the 2022/23 season so far

As the Premier League pauses for the FIFA World Cup 2022, we are looking at some of the numbers behind the season so far.

Most distance covered & sprints

It is predominantly central midfielders who lead the way when assessing the players who have covered the most distance so far this season, with James Ward-Prowse the No 1.

Distance (km) Sprints Minutes played
Ward-Prowse 174.4 Almiron 356 Kilman 1,350
Rice 170.3 Tavernier 287 Tarkowski 1,350
Soucek 168.5 Martinelli 275 Ward-Prowse 1,350
Iwobi 161.5 Rodrigo 264 Lerma 1,350
Lerma 158.6 Son 261 Rice 1,350
Aaronson 156.8 Iwobi 252 Ream 1,348
Bowen 155.3 Mbeumo 252 Henry 1,347
Kane 155.2 Henry 248 Bowen 1,342
Neves 154.8 Mykolenko 247 Kane 1,336
Gross 154.2 Gordon 244 Iwobi 1,333

The Southampton star is ahead of Declan Rice, whose West Ham United team-mate Tomas Soucek is third. Both Ward-Prowse and Rice are also among five players to have featured in every minute of the 15 matches they have played.

Interestingly, Harry Kane is the only forward who makes the top 10, the Tottenham Hotspur striker demonstrating both his insatiable work-rate and the way he drops into deeper midfield pockets to help initiate attacks before arriving in the penalty area.

When looking at which players have made the most sprints this season, the clear leader is Miguel Almiron. The Newcastle United midfielder has made 356 sprints, 69 more than the next-best player, Marcus Tavernier, at AFC Bournemouth.

Only one player appears on all three metrics or top distance covered, most sprints and minutes played. That is Alex Iwobi, demonstrating the energy he has brought to the Everton midfield this season. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Which team are the best at shooting?
Part 2: Which team are best at converting big chances?
Part 3: Which team hit the woodwork the most?
Part 4: Which team have run the furthest?
Part 5: Which team have made the most substitutions?
Part 6: Which players are the best dribblers?
Part 8: Which players are the best tacklers?
Part 9: Which players are the best blockers?

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