Modern football is all about witty execution on the field. Different attributes are essential for any player to achieve glory in today’s world. Among such traits, a player’s speed along with crisp ball control remains one of the most sought-after characteristics by managers around the globe.
Along the years, we have seen many speedsters blazing down the wing and dribbling past defenders to score a stunner which reflects the beauty of the game and keeps the spectators glued to the match. In this article, we will have a look at the fastest players in the Premier League history.
Speaking of the toughness of a league, the Premier League arguably remains one of the most physical and challenging set-up to test a player’s potential. A league with 6-7 top teams need to have pacey players to edge past others in the cut-throat competition that prevails. Here’s an evaluation of the top 10 fastest players in the Premier League history:-
PS – This list is based on the consistency of top speed and not just the fastest sprint. For example – Phil Foden’s fastest sprint is recorded at 37.17 kmph, but that doesn’t mean he is faster than Walker or Sane. Same with Man Utd’s Fred, his top sprint speed of 37.27 doesn’t necessarily makes than fater than Rashford or James. No data of speed was available prior to 2013-14 season, so players before that were not considered.
10. Patrick Van Aanholt
Crystal Palace star Van Aanholt is very much a stereotypical modern full-back, whose main strength is going forward as opposed to a left-backs more traditional job of defending.
He clocked up his top speed of 35.42km/h against Manchester United in September 2017. The 29-year-old’s pace and combination play with Eagles talisman Wilfried Zaha make the former Chelsea youth player one of the Premier League’s top attacking left fulls.
9. Daniel James
After lighting up the Championship with his consistent performances and not-to-mention vicious pace, Daniel James completed a reportedly £15 mil move to Manchester United last summer. A player known for his raw pace and quick decision-making skills, James made his senior team debut for Swansea City in 2016, having played for Hull City in the youth ranks.
Having clocked a top speed of 35.7 km/h, it comes as no surprise to why Ryan Giggs recently admitted that the 22-year old was the fastest played he had ever seen. James has slowly but steadily cemented his place in the starting lineup in the United team and the fans would be hoping him to achieve great things at the club.
8. Jamie Vardy
The main man behind Leicester’s title triumph in 2016, Vardy has hit the limelight with a bang in his later stages of his career. A naturally gifted pacey forward, Vardy became a household name after scoring in eleven consecutive matches for the Foxes in their title winning season.
A work horse and a fox-in-the-box striker with an eye only for goals, Vardy was Leicester’s quickest player that seasonby far, notching up top-speed of 35.44 km/h in 2015 against West Ham.
Still going strong at the age of 33, the ex-England international has proved to be the country’s one of the most lethal spearhead, flashing across defences and scoring stunners regularly.
7. Caglar Soyuncu
After Harry Maguire’s $97 mil move to Manchester United this summer, Soyuncu’s consistent performances would have hardly made Leicester City fans miss their former star man. Deputizing Johnny Evans in the center of the back four, Soyuncu’s sheer pace has earned the defender a place in the rankings.
The 23-year old Turkish international registered a top speed of 37.5 km/h this season, faster than teammate Jamie Vardy surprisingly.
The defender has been solid at the back this season, with only 28 goals scored against this season, three better than second-place Man City. Having moved from Frieberg in 2018, Soyuncu’s consistency and great ball-playing capabilities with of course gruesome pace, make him a hotshot in the coming transfer market.