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N'Golo Kante not included in top 10 Premier League stars to have covered the most ground

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Three games into the new Premier League season and things are settling down nicely.

Managers will have already a rough idea of their team's strengths and weaknesses from the opening encounters and in the case of some, their heads are already being lined up for the chopping block.

It's also quite a handy period to take a look at any interesting statistics from the first three weeks of action.

In the modern day, a lot of fans, pundits and even some managers are obsessed by the amount of distance players cover over 90 minutes.

For the last few years, N'Golo Kante has usually been there or there abouts at the top of those charts, with his all-action displays for Leicester and Chelsea earning him cult status.

Interestingly, though, the Blues midfielder is lagging a bit behind so far this season.

The Mirror have published an article listing the 10 players from the Premier League who have run the most so far and Kante isn't included.

Perhaps even more surprisingly, Kante's old teammate Nemanja Matic - now at Manchester United - does make the cut.

Considering Matic's shock summer switch to Old Trafford has already raised a few eye brows, this is unlikely to make Chelsea fans feel any better about it.

And he isn't the only name you wouldn't necessarily expect to feature.

Here are the top 10:

10) Hector Bellerin - Arsenal (34.6km)

9) Nemanja Matic - Mancester United (34.9km)

8) Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester (35.1km)

7) Jordan Henderson - Liverpool (35.2km)

6) Joe Allen - Stoke (35.5km)

5) Christian Eriksen - Tottenham (35.5km)

4) Jack Cork - Burnley (35.9km)

3) Aaron Mooy - Huddersfield (36.1km)

2) Abdoulaye Doucoure - Watford (36.1km)

1) Andrew Surman - Bournemouth (36.6km)

Fear not Kante fans, however, there might be a perfectly feasible explanation for his absence, given the nature of Chelsea's first few games.

For example, in the season-opening defeat to Burnley, the Blues played much of the match with 10 men. That was followed by a clash vs Tottenham at Wembley, where Chelsea were set up to sit deep and pounce on the counter attack.

Both were games where Kante would have to be more disciplined in his shape and therefore might explain why he hasn't made the top 10.

Of course, there is still plenty of time for Kante to catch up on his rivals.

His first opportunity to do so will be this weekend when Antonio Conte's men travel to his former club Leicester on Saturday.

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