Surprise Name Tops Premier League Sprint List For The Season

Liverpool's Mo Salah might be the player who causes the most fear in opposition defenders when he starts running at them but last season's top goalscorer hasn't completed the most sprints this season.

The International break isn't exactly the most enjoyable time in the season, especially as this one comes just as the domestic season is about to reach its exciting end of the season race.

At least, with the invention of the Nations League, we aren't about to enter a week and a half of meaningless friendlies and instead we get to watch Euro 2020 qualifiers, and Scotland hilariously embarrass themselves.

But with Premier League teams allowing themselves to breathe for a short time, as the calm turns into the storm, it allows the rest of us to have a look at what's happened so far this season.

Of course it's great to have a challenge at the top of the table with Liverpool and Manchester City still battling for the league title and at the bottom we're pretty much down to just one relegation place with Huddersfield and Fulham pretty much down and out in the race for survival.

And speaking of races, yes that's a seamless segway, Sky Sports have put together some handy stats on running so far this season and it seems that Ben Chilwell runs more often than anyone else:

Chilwell running up and down the left wing at the King Power Stadium sees him top the bill. Image: Sky Sports
Chilwell running up and down the left wing at the King Power Stadium sees him top the bill. Image: Sky Sports

And with Liverpool having two of the top seven players on the list it's no surprise to see that Jurgen Klopp's 'Rock n Roll football' also sees his side top of the team stats.

Klopp's side run more often than anyone else. Image: Sky Sports
Klopp's side run more often than anyone else. Image: Sky Sports

A lot of the criticism of Manchester United this season under Jose Mourinho was about how little the Red Devils ran, with most of the successful sides in this era use a high press.

That has improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian admitting that might partially be to blame for the recent spate of injuries at Old Trafford, but the distance covered stats still don't make for good reading:

Only Brighton and Cardiff are below United on the table. Image: Sky Sports
Only Brighton and Cardiff are below United on the table. Image: Sky Sports

It's a good job that no one is running away with the title this season, even Leicester City's Ben Chilwell.

Ryan Sidle

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