With official tracking data revealing the patterns behind the paciest stars, the Premier League has issued a list of the fastest players from the 2022–2023 season.
A football player’s ability to move quickly is incredibly valuable, thus it is not unexpected that the Premier League features some of the fastest players in the world.
The majority of the league’s fastest players are forwards, who can use their physical strength to threaten defenses. Pace is incredibly difficult to defend against. In the Premier League, eight of the top ten fastest players are forwards.
Reiss Nelson of Arsenal, Arnaut Danjuma of Tottenham, and Erling Haaland of Manchester City don’t place in the top five on the list created by the Premier League using official tracking data because of the level of competition.
Marcus Rashford is Manchester United’s fastest player, but he wasn’t among the best in the 2022–23 season. The main candidates at Leicester include Harvey Barnes, Allan Saint-Maximin, Wilfried Zaha, and Tyrone Mings; however, none of them were chosen.
Without further ado, here are the top five Premier League players in terms of speed from the previous year.
5. Darwin Nunez – 36.53km/h
After joining Liverpool for £85 million from Benfica, the striker had a mixed first season in the Premier League, scoring nine goals in 29 games for Jurgen Klopp’s team. Although he didn’t take advantage of every opportunity that presented itself, the Uruguayan’s speed is undeniable.
Nunez is extremely speedy, thus Liverpool frequently tried to take advantage of that on the break by getting the ball to him as soon as possible on the left side of their attack. He terrorized defenses as his confidence increased. Next season, Liverpool fans will be expecting more.
4. Anthony Gordon – 36.61km/h
Last year, Gordon split his time between Everton and Newcastle after being transferred from Merseyside to Tyneside for £45 million. The highly regarded 22-year-old winger has the raw speed that makes him so thrilling to watch.
The Magpies will have one of the fastest attacks in the division in 2023/24 thanks to Saint-Maximin joining the team. He only scored four goals in 32 Premier League games the previous season.
3. Mykhaylo Mudryk – 36.63km/h
Another well-known signing who struggled to have an immediate impact. Mudryk left Shakhtar Donetsk for Chelsea in an £87 million transfer when the Blues snatched the Ukrainian winger away from Arsenal.
Although Mudryk occasionally displayed talent, he struggled to adapt while playing for a struggling Chelsea squad. His agility shows he has the potential to develop into the player Chelsea spent so much money on.
2. Brennan Johnson – 36.70km/h
Johnson had a significant role in ensuring that Nottingham Forest, who were promoted from the Championship, remained in the Premier League. For Steve Cooper’s team, the 22-year-old forward scored eight goals and provided three assists, usually drawing attention with his quick movements.
Johnson is a tremendous talent, and if he keeps playing with such confidence, Forest may find it difficult to keep him.
1. Kyle Walker – 37.31km/h
Despite being 33 and nine years older than Mudryk, Gordon, and Johnson, he is still without a doubt the Premier League’s king of pace.
Because of Walker’s famed speed for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola can play a high defensive line and take a chance by moving men farther forward when he has the ball. The City manager is aware that in Walker, he has a player who can react quickly to danger.