Fastest Premier League players - ranked

25 August 2021 08:30

No football in the world is played at the same relentless pace than the Premier League.

Therefore, it is unsurprising that players clock up some blistering top speeds as they try and keep up with the action.

It is impossible to compete in the Premier League without having at least a little bit of pace. Even goalkeepers could easily leave the fittest muggles in the dirt in a 50m dash.

The question is, which players are the quickest of all? Well, thanks to figures reported by the Daily Mail we finally have an answer.

All top speeds accurate as of the end of Premier League Gameweek 2.

9. Raphinha

Raphina scored a stunner against Everton | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Raphinha has been linked with a move away from Leeds United for some time. It is not hard to see why with his ferocious finish against Everton providing another reminder of his incredible talent.

Raphinha is not just a technician either. He also excels physically, racking up a top speed of 21.26mph this season.

8. Tyrick Mitchell

It could be a big season for Mitchell | Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Patrick Vieira has tended to favour young players in the past which is great news for Crystal Palace prospect Tyrick Mitchell.

Mitchell is not just in the team due to his age, though. He is also an accomplished, modern full-back with a fearsome turn of pace. He has already managed a top speed of 21.35mph this campaign.

7. Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger faces plenty of competition at centre-back this season | Michael Regan/Getty Images

At first glance, centre-back is not a position you would expect to find on a list of speedsters.

However, each time the Premier League's top speeds are revealed you always find a few examples of rapid defenders. Following the example set by the likes of Caglar Soyuncu and Bjorn Engels (remember him?) in recent years, Antonio Rudiger has racked up a top speed of 21.38mph this season.

6. Patrick Bamford

A surprise inclusion? | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Patrick Bamford can do it all, can't he? An accomplished linguist, violin player and goalscorer, he would also be pretty handy in a 100m sprint.

The Leeds United frontman tipped the speedometer at 21.53mph earlier this season.

5. Ismaila Sarr

It is great to have Sarr back in the Premier League | Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Ismaila Sarr is one of the trickiest wingers in the Premier League, combining flair and pace in a devastating package.

21.67mph is his top speed so far, but we would not put it past him to better that before the season's out.

4. Nathan Tella

Tella could feature frequently this season | Robin Jones/Getty Images

Nathan Tella may have only been on the field for 10 minutes during his side's 3-1 defeat to Everton but he managed to make an impact.

Not in terms of changing the course of the game, though, rather by posting the fourth fastest sprint speed of the Premier League season. It was measured at a stunning 21.75mph.

3. Wilfried Zaha (21.88mph)

Zaha will be vital to Crystal Palace's survival hopes | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

The ship may have sailed for Wilfried Zaha to seal a move to a Champions League club, but at least he can take solace in registering the third quickest speed in the division. That's the real quiz.

His next challenge is tipping the 22mph mark with his current top speed a ponderous 21.88mph.

2. Adama Traore (22.12mph)

Traore is surprisingly not top of this list | David Rogers/Getty Images

Unbelievably, the player who has to grease up his limbs to avoid his opponents pulling him back is not top of our speedster's list.

Still, 22.12mph is mightily impressive and we would expect nothing less from Adama Traore.

1. Adam Armstrong

Armstrong needs to fill Danny Ings' shoes this season | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Adam Armstrong has a long way to go until he proves he's a suitable replacement for Danny Ings - but this is a good start.

As well as clocking the fastest speed in the Premier League so far - 22.15mph - Armstrong also netted on his Southampton debut, finishing clinically against Everton.

Source: 90min