In the modern game, there’s no doubting that speed is one of the most important attributes.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that there are footballers that wouldn’t even be in the professional game if it wasn’t for their searing pace.
All positions need the ability to run fast. A defender to cover any mistakes, a midfielder to get around the pitch and a striker to get away from defenders to score.
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But, who are the fastest players in the Premier League? Well, The Sun have revealed all by producing a top-ten list of the top speedsters.
Here is the list of top-10 fastest players during the 2015/16 Premier League season:
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1. Anthony Martial & Jamie Vardy | 35.44kmh/22mph
There's a tie at the top
Martial had a pretty successful debut season at Old Trafford, scoring 17 goals. He may find it slightly more difficult to express his incredible pace with the likes of Henrik Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving at the club.
Not only did Jamie Vardy fire Leicester to their incredible title triumph but he also tops the speed chart. His pace on the counter-attack was imperative for the Foxes as they played on the counter-attack throughout the campaign. With him turning 30 in January, he'll be hoping his speed doesn’t desert him.
2. Jeffrey Schlupp | 35.26kmh/21.9mph
Like Vardy, Schlupp’s pace was vital for Claudio Ranieri’s side last season up and down the left-wing. At the age of 23, he appears to have a very bright future ahead of him.
3. Divock Origi | 35.26kmp/21.8mph
The Belgian managed to force his way into the first-team at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp and his pace gave the Reds an extra dimension. He will battle it out with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke for Liverpool’s lone striker role this season.
4. Kyle Walker | 35.09kmh/21.7mph
Walker had a brilliant season for Spurs as they came close to winning the league. His energy getting down the right-flank gave Tottenham an excellent outlet.
5. Billy Jones | 35.07kmh/21.7mph
Another right-back is next in the list with Sunderland’s Jones almost reaching 22mph. His ability to get forward helped the Black Cats avoid relegation last year.
6. Jesus Navas | 35.06kmh/21.7mph
If Navas wasn’t ridiculously quick, would he be playing for a team like Manchester City? Probably not. The Spaniard is super speedy but often lacks the delivery needed. With Nolito arriving, he will find it even harder to play at the Etihad this season.
7. Victor Moses | 35kmh/21.7mph
It’s hard to believe Moses is still only 25 after he’s already played for Crystal Palace, Wigan, Chelsea, Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham. He’s currently hoping to impress Chelsea boss Antonio Conte ahead of the upcoming campaign.
8. Marc Albrighton | 35kmh/21mph
With Vardy up-front and Schlupp on the left, Leicester also had Albrighton to rely on when it came to counter-attacks. It’s no wonder they won the league with those three speedsters…
9. Joshua King | 34.99kmph/21.7mph
Seeing Bournemouth’s King in the top-ten list may come as surprise to some but the Norwegian winger almost reached 35kmph last season. With King, Max Gradel, Jordan Ibe and Benik Afobe in the line-up, Bournemouth will have plenty of pace this season.
10. Cameron Jerome | 34.97kmh/21.7mph
The 29-year-old striker only scored three Premier League goals for Norwich last season as the Canaries got relegated. At least he ran quickly…
So, there's the list the top-ten fastest players during last season. Will the 22mph set by Martial and Vardy be smashed this season?
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