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 stats provided by Opta, which began recording speeds in 2013-14.
10. Modou Barrow
One of the most surprising names in this list is of the Gambian International Modou Barrow. While playing for Swansea City against West Ham in May 2016, he clocked up a top speed of 35.28km/h. That earns him a place in the fastest players in the Premier League history ahead of the lokes of Raheem Sterling, Mo. Salah etc
9. Carl Jenkinson
Against QPR in April 2015, Jenkinson reached a speed of 35.3km per hour, matching the top speed set by Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko earlier in the campaign. Not a player that you would ever describe as pacey, Jenkinson proved that he can mix it with the league’s quickest players.
In joining Sissoko at the top of the speed table Jenkinson has beaten some stiff competition; going ahead of times set by Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha – both of whom would be considered very fast.
8. Shane Long
Dubbed as ‘a powerful, no-nonsense striker’, Southampton forward Shane Long record sprint in the league, is 35.31 km/h against Watford in August 2016. His brilliant work-rate and lightning pace has proved to be a regular problem for other teams as Southampton finally seem to have found their perfect front-man. The 30-year old Irish international has over 75 national caps under his name and has spent his club career in a host of teams including Reading, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City.
Though he is not getting younger in the years to come, Long will still remain one of the fastest players in the Premier League history and will be a major part of Southampton’s mid-table finish hopes.
7. Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Fosu-Mensah was the fastest Premier League player last season while playing for a relegated club, although his season was curtailed by injury. The United academy graduate picked up a knee injury against Everton in April that required surgery
Timothy Fosu-Mensah was on loan at Fulham from Man United when he recorded an incredible speed of 35.32 km/h.
6. Moussa Sissoko
It should come as no surprise that Moussa Sissoko is Spurs’ speediest player. His pace is the main reason the club agreed to pay Newcastle £30 million. Mauricio Pochettino wanted a different type of player, who — in the manager’s own words — could “break the line” and add a new directness to Tottenham.
Sissoko with his blistering pace does that, galloping into open spaces with his curiously straight-backed running style, which has proved particularly effective away from home.
However, it was with Newcastle when he notched up his top speed of 35.33 against Leicester City in 2014.