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The 10 fastest players so far in the Premier League this season have been revealed by Opta

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In the modern game, speed really is the key and players are now the fastest they have ever been in the sport's history.

Liverpool have shown this season the devastating effect having pace can have, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah destroying full-backs with their athleticism in the opening few weeks of the Premier League season.

It's the same in defence, if your team lacks any real speed at the back, opposition strikers will simply target you and aim to get in behind at every opportunity.

But, just who is the fastest player in the Premier League?

Well, thanks to technology, that question can be answered, with Opta, per Mirror, analysing just who has been the biggest speed merchant so far in 2017/18.

Some on the list are obvious but for the most part, it will make for some surprising reading.

THE TOP 10

10. Salomon London (West Brom) - 34.56 km/h

=10. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) - 34.56 km/h

Chelsea v Burnley - Premier League

9. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) - 34.62 km/h

8. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) - 34.65 km/h

7. Paul Pogba (Man United) - 34.68 km/h

6. Josh King (Bournemouth) - 34.70 km/h

5. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) - 34.79 km/h

4. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - 34.84 km/h

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3. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) - 35.11 km/h

2. Kiko Femenia (Watford) - 35.12 km/h

1. Kyle Walker (Man City) - 35.16 km/h

Manchester City v Everton - Premier League

KOSCIELNY?

That's right, Arsenal's French defender makes it into the top three. Now, Koscielny is certainly no slouch but it seems bizarre that the ageing defender could outpace the likes of Mane - maybe Arsenal should have played him as a full-back at Anfield.

Hector Bellerin fails to make the cut, while Kante beats the likes of Willian and Pedro to be the fastest player at Chelsea - what can't he do?

Pogba somehow manages to outdo both Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku in the speed department as well.

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League

However, no one can dispute Walker as the number one, with the former Spurs man renowned for his blistering pace.

Speaking to Four Four Two, the England international explained how he became so quick, saying: “When I was younger I used to run the 100 metres for my school and the city of Sheffield, and I would train every Thursday for an hour with a sprint coach.

"Doing that has really benefited me in my football career. My sprint coach taught me to keep my head down for the first 30 metres and to rise after that.

Manchester City v Everton - Premier League

"Of course running the 100 metres is different to running fast in a football match, but you have to try and take little bits out of it and put it into your football.”

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