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Who are the Premier League's fastest players?

27 Jan 2023
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Chelsea winger Mudryk is the fastest in 2022/23, but it's a former Blues defender who is the quickest on record

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Few things excite football fans more than a lightning-fast winger haring down the flank and giving their opposing full-back a torrid time.

And Chelsea's new signing Mykhailo Mudryk did just that on debut at Liverpool last weekend.

The 22-year-old arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk took just 11 minutes of his first Premier League appearance to become the competition's fastest player this season.

However, in the three-and-a-half seasons since such data began to be recorded, Mudryk is not the absolute fastest.

That honour goes to a defender, whose lung-bursting run to stop a Brighton & Hove Albion breakaway in December 2021 clocked a speed of 36.72km/h.

Take a bow, Antonio Rudiger.

Former Chelsea star Rudiger is the only defender to make the top 10 list of fastest players.

Top 10 PL sprint kings
Player Club Match Km/h
Antonio Rudiger CHE  v BHA (12/12/21) 36.72
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ARS v WAT (26/07/20) 36.66
Mohamed Salah LIV v SOU (27/11/21) 36.64
Adama Traore WOL v MCI (11/12/21) 36.64
Mykhailo Mudryk CHE v LIV (21/01/23) 36.63
Anthony Gordon EVE v FUL (29/10/22) 36.61
Shane Long SOU v NEW (8/12/19) 36.53
Darwin Nunez LIV v FUL (6/08/22) 36.53
Adama Traore WOL v CHE (26/07/20) 36.47
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ARS  v BUR (17/08/19) 36.43

With six of the division's quickest men still playing, and the likes of Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland impressing in their maiden Premier League campaigns, the race is on to be the new No 1 sprint king.

Top five fastest players 2022/23

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