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Long sets pace as League's fastest

27 May 2017
Shane Long, Southampton

Find out the quickest, fittest and top-performing players of 2016/17 as Southampton forward leads the way

Shane Long beat a stellar line-up of Premier League stars to be the fastest player in 2016/17.

The Southampton forward clocked a top speed of 35.31 kilometres per hour in an opening-day draw with Watford, a figure unrivalled throughout the rest of the campaign.

Long edged second-placed Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford to top spot, with Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard also among those to surpass 35km/h.

Fastest players in 2016/17
Player Club Top speed (km/h)
Shane Long SOU 35.31
Marcus Rashford MUN 35.21
Matt Phillips WBA 35.20
Lynden Gooch SUN 35.19
Brad Smith BOU 35.19
Kyle Walker TOT 35.18
Erik Pieters STK 35.10
Jamie Vardy LEI 35.10
James McClean WBA 35.04
Eden Hazard CHE 35.03

AFC Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling was another man to lead the way in 2016/17. His staggering 14 kilometres in Matchweek 20’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal was the most covered by any player.

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana made up the rest of the top five in this category, running 13.3km or more on four different occasions during the campaign.

Other standout performers include EA SPORTS Player of the Season N’Golo Kante, who made 14 tackles in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez scored the latest goal, chipping in a winning penalty after 97 minutes and 14 seconds of their Matchweek 22 encounter with Burnley, while Chelsea’s Pedro and Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Tom Davies all managed to score after 30 seconds of a match this season.

Fastest, furthest and strongest in 2016/17
2016/17 Player/team (Matchweek) Metric
Fastest player Shane Long, SOU (MW1) 35.3km/h
Most sprints Duncan Watmore, SUN (MW12) 105
Furthest distance sprinting Kyle Walker, TOT (MW15) 731m
Most distance by a player Dan Gosling, BOU (MW20) 14km
Most distance by a team AFC Bournemouth (MW20) 123.8km
Fastest goal Pedro (MW9), Lukaku (MW24), Davies (MW31) 30 seconds
Latest goal Alexis Sanchez, ARS (MW22) 97 mins 14 secs
Most tackles N'Golo Kante, CHE (MW23) 14
Most passes Granit Xhaka, ARS (MW18) 143
Most saves Vito Mannone, SUN (MW20) 13
Furthest goal Ross Barkley, EVE (MW1) 40 yards

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