Premier League: 20 players who have covered the most ground so far this season

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Earlier today we brought you the 10 Premier League players who have recorded the quickest sprint times so far this season.

But football isn’t all about pace; hard work is also essential for any successful team.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 20 players in England’s top flight who have covered the most ground so far this season.

There are some surprise names who make the list - but all of them have covered in excess of 46 miles (that’s almost two full marathons!) during the first seven matches of the 2016-17 campaign.

Scroll down to see the 20 hardest-working Premier League players.

20. Gareth Barry - 46.4 miles

Gareth Barry turns 36 in February and has made the most appearances in Premier League history behind Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard, but it’s testament to his professionalism that he can still cover so much ground during matches.

19. Stewart Downing - 46.8 miles

Stewart Downing might be inconsistent, but you certainly can’t accuse him of not working hard enough on the pitch.

18. Victor Wanyama - 47.1 miles

Victor Wanyama was Man of the Match for Tottenham against Manchester City last weekend, thanks largely to his impressive work ethic.

17. Etienne Capoue - 47.1 miles

Etienne Capoue has been one of the surprises of the season so far, netting four goals in his first seven appearances. Covering a total of 47.1 miles is equally as impressive.

16. Jason Puncheon - 47.2 miles

It might come as a slight surprise to discover that Jason Puncheon has covered more ground than Wanyama and Capoue - but it’s true.

15. Valon Behrami - 47.2 miles

Valon Behrami doesn’t tend to score or set up too many goals, but he makes up for that with his ground covered statistics.

14. Dean Marney - 47.8 miles

You don’t play for Burnley unless you’re prepared to run through walls - just ask Dean Marney.

13. Cheikhou Kouyate - 47.8 miles

West Ham might be performing better if all the players put in as much effort as Cheikhou Kouyate.

12. Hector Bellerin - 48.2 miles

The lightning-quick Arsenal full-back has covered more ground than any of his teammates.

11. Danny Drinkwater - 48.3 miles

N’Golo Kante’s departure at Leicester City in the summer means Danny Drinkwater is forced to cover even more ground these days.

10. Fernandinho - 48.4 miles

No wonder Pep Guardiola is a big fan.

9. Sam Clucas - 48.8 miles

A player who often goes under the radar, but the midfielder puts in a shift every time he steps onto the pitch.

8. Georginio Wijnaldum - 49.1 miles

You wouldn’t have known Georginio Wijnaldum worked so hard based on his performances for Newcastle last season. The Dutchman has stepped it up under Jurgen Klopp.

7. Craig Dawson - 49.2 miles

That’s a seriously impressive amount of distance covered for a defender.

6. Jack Cork - 49.6 miles

Jack Cork has become the engine in Swansea City’s midfield.

5. Nemanja Matic - 49.6 miles

Perhaps not as influential as when he first arrived at Chelsea, Nemanja Matic is still working tirelessly at Stamford Bridge.

4. N’Golo Kante - 50.1 miles

Of course, N’Golo Kante is near the top. This is why Chelsea signed him.

3. Andrew Surman - 50.2 miles

Eddie Howe will be delighted that the midfielder is currently putting in so much effort during games.

2. Jordan Henderson - 51.2 miles

Jordan Henderson, Liverpool’s captain, is leading by example with the amount of ground he covers.

1. George Boyd - 53. 8 miles

George Boyd must eat 10 Weetabix for breakfast. Almost 54 miles is mental.

Bravo, George.

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