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.

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.

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

18 | Memphis Depay

Top speed : 30.12km/h

Club : Manchester United

Age : 22

17 | Max Gradel

Top speed : 30.06km/h

Club : Bournemouth

Age : 28

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

14 | Harry Maguire

Top speed : 29.91km/h

Club : Hull

Age : 23

13 | Santi Cazorla

Top speed : 29.9km/h

Club : Arsenal

Age : 31

12 | Tom Huddlestone

Top speed : 29.8km/h

Club : Hull

Age : 29

11 | Mohamed Elneny

Top speed : 29.86

Club : Arsenal

Age : 24

10 | Andy King

Top speed : 29.7km/h

Club : Leicester

Age : 27

9 | Craig Gardner

Top speed : 29.62km/h

Club : West Brom

Age : 29

8 | Hal Robson-Kanu

Top speed : 29.49km\h

Club : West Brom

Age : 27

7 | Gareth Barry

Top speed: 29.4km/h

Club : Everton

Age : 35

6 | Lucas Leiva

Top speed : 29.37km/h

Club : Liverpool

Age : 29

5 | Olivier Giroud

Top speed : 29.19km/h

Club : Arsenal

Age : 30

4 | Shaun Maloney

Top speed : 28.87

Club : Hull

Age : 33

3 | Cesc Fabregas

Top speed : 28.73km/h

Club : Chelsea

Age : 29

2 | Peter Crouch

Top speed : 28.58km/h

Club : Stoke

Age : 35

1 | Charlie Adam

Top speed : 26.72km/h

Club : Stoke

Age : 30

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.

Thierry Henry
Olivier Giroud
Santi Cazorla
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