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The 20 slowest Premier League players this season

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Speed is one of the most important attributes in modern football - but that doesn’t mean you have to be quick to make it in the Premier League.

Those players that lack natural pace more than make up with their natural ability. In fact, Premier League players that are slow need to be incredibly switched on to make up for their lack of speed.

While it’s fun to discuss who the quickest player in the league is, it’s also equally fun to take the mickey out of the slowest.

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And, with help from Opta, we can now do that.

They have produced a list of the 20 players in the top-flight that have recorded the slowest top speeds, excluded goalkeepers.

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Here it is:

20 | Ilkay Gundogan

Top speed : 30.15km/h

Club : Manchester City

Age : 26


19 | Leon Britton

Top speed : 30.13km/h

Club : Swansea

Age : 34

Swansea City v Manchester City - EFL Cup Third Round

18 | Memphis Depay

Top speed : 30.12km/h

Club : Manchester United

Age : 22

Wayne Rooney Testimonial: Manchester United v Everton

17 | Max Gradel

Top speed : 30.06km/h

Club : Bournemouth

Age : 28

AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

16 | James Ward-Prowse

Top speed : 29.99km/h

Club : Southampton

Age : 21


15 | Luis Hernandez

Top speed : 29.92km/h

Club : Leicester

Age : 27

Leicester City FC v FC Porto - UEFA Champions League

14 | Harry Maguire

Top speed : 29.91km/h

Club : Hull

Age : 23

Hull City v Stoke City - Premier League

13 | Santi Cazorla

Top speed : 29.9km/h

Club : Arsenal

Age : 31

Arsenal v Southampton - Premier League

12 | Tom Huddlestone

Top speed : 29.8km/h

Club : Hull

Age : 29


11 | Mohamed Elneny

Top speed : 29.86

Club : Arsenal

Age : 24

Arsenal v Reading - EFL Cup Fourth Round

10 | Andy King

Top speed : 29.7km/h

Club : Leicester

Age : 27

Leicester City FC v FC Copenhagen - UEFA Champions League

9 | Craig Gardner

Top speed : 29.62km/h

Club : West Brom

Age : 29

West Bromwich Albion v Everton - Premier League

8 | Hal Robson-Kanu

Top speed : 29.49km\h

Club : West Brom

Age : 27

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United - Premier League

7 | Gareth Barry

Top speed: 29.4km/h

Club : Everton

Age : 35

Manchester City v Everton - Premier League

6 | Lucas Leiva

Top speed : 29.37km/h

Club : Liverpool

Age : 29


5 | Olivier Giroud

Top speed : 29.19km/h

Club : Arsenal

Age : 30

Arsenal v Southampton - Premier League

4 | Shaun Maloney

Top speed : 28.87

Club : Hull

Age : 33

Stoke City v Hull City - EFL Cup Third Round

3 | Cesc Fabregas

Top speed : 28.73km/h

Club : Chelsea

Age : 29

Leicester City v Chelsea - EFL Cup Third Round

2 | Peter Crouch

Top speed : 28.58km/h

Club : Stoke

Age : 35

Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

1 | Charlie Adam

Top speed : 26.72km/h

Club : Stoke

Age : 30

Burton Albion v Stoke City - Pre Season friendly

Who are we to question such a respectable stats company like Opta but we must admit we’re incredibly surprised to see the likes of Depay and Gradel in the list of the 20 slowest Premier League players.

However, these ratings are based on the top speeds players have reached so we can only assume that they haven’t quite had chance to stretch their legs yet in this Premier League season.

As for Adam, he’s got to hang his head in shame at only reaching a top speed of 26.72km/h during this campaign.

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