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Who is the fastest player in the Premier League?

14:30 SAST 2023/01/24
Erling Haaland Mykhailo Mudryk Darwin Nunez
GOAL takes a look at the top speeds of the fastest players in the English top flight

Speed is a key component of modern day football in every area of the pitch and it can be an unforgiving sport if a player is a few yards too slow. Strikers have a serious advantage if they can sprint past their markers onto through balls, while defenders need to have a decent turn of pace if they want to keep up.

Of course, speed over a distance is but one component of a player's arsenal and they must combine it with strength, fitness, game intelligence and skill on the ball. Nevertheless, a strong sprinter has a solid base from which to build.

So, who are the fastest players in the Premier League? GOAL takes a look at the top speedsters in the division as well as how they compare to other athletes.

Who is the fastest player in Premier League 2022-23?

Rank

Player

Top speed

1

Mykhailo Mudryk

36.63 km/h

2

Anthony Gordon

36.61 km/h

3

Darwin Nunez

36.53 km/h

4

Erling Haaland

36.22 km/h

5

Denis Zakaria

36.09 km/h

New Chelsea signing Mykhailo Mudryk clocked the fastest top speed in the 2022-23 Premier League season, hitting a high of 36.63 kilometres per hour in the Blues' January 2023 fixture against Liverpool.

Mudryk's figures are just above Anthony Gordon who recorded 36.61 km/h, with Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez and Manchester City star Erling Haaland following with top speeds of 36.53 km/h and 36.22 km/h respectively.

Fifth on the list is Chelsea midfielder Denis Zakaria who hit a top speed of 36.09 km/h.

Mudryk's top speed in the 2022-23 season is comparable to the top speed from 2021-22, which was set at 36.7 km/h by Antonio Rudiger, who was then playing for Chelsea. In the same campaign, Mohamed Salah's fastest speed was 36.6 km/h, while Adama Traore also hit the 36.6 km/h mark.

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker is often considered the fastest player in the Premier League after he hit a top speed of 37.8 km/h in the 2019-20 season, though the England international may have lost a few yards in the intervening years.

How do footballers compare with Olympic sprinters?

As athletes, footballers are required to sprint at high speeds over short distances, so how do they measure up against the fastest athletes on the planet? Well, not too badly, actually.

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt is the fastest man ever to have lived, setting the record for the 100m sprint at 9.58 seconds in 2009. He also holds the second (9.63 secs) and third (9.69 secs) fastest times. Bolt, who is now retired, hit a fastest recorded top speed of 44.72 km/h, which is significantly faster than the top speed of modern footballers.

Marcell Jacobs, who won gold in the 2020 Olympics 100 metre sprint, has hit a top speed of 43.06 km/h, while Fred Kerley, who won silver at the same event, has clocked a speed of 42.8 km/h.

Interestingly, the fastest Premier League footballers tend to be faster than the fastest American footballers in NFL. For example, Devin Duvernay of the Ravens was the fastest NFL player in 2022 with a top speed of 34.76 km/h, which is 1.87 km slower than Mudryk's high speed in 2022.