Premier League footballers are more athletic than ever before with speed a crucial part of the modern game.
Possessing players with speed can be decisive at both ends of the pitch, whether its a burst of pace to get away from defences or a covering run from defenders tracking back.
We’ve decided to look at the fastest players in the Premier League this season, here are the six stars with the highest recorded top speed in 2021/22 so far.
Ollie Watkins – 22.43mph
Ollie Watkins ranks =5th for fastest top speed in the Premier League this season with the Aston Villa forward having been clocked at 22.43mph.
Watkins has endured an inconsistent campaign after an impressive first season in the top division last term, but remains a key part of Steven Gerrard’s plans with his pace and power leading the line at Villa Park.
That Ollie Watkins turn.
That Ollie Watkins finish.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) March 5, 2022
The 26-year-old is the club’s leading scorer this season and has scored seven league goals for the campaign, earning an inclusion in the England squad for March’s international break.
Watkins will hope to take his chance and establish himself as the Three Lions’ first-choice alternative to Harry Kane, earning a call up after Tammy Abraham withdrew from the squad.
Patson Daka – 22.43mph
Patson Daka arrived into the Premier League last summer and has been recorded as one of the division’s fastest players in 2021/22, matching Watkins’ 22.43mph top speed.
Daka signed for Leicester from Red Bull Salzburg with a flourishing reputation, having scored 34 goals across all competitions for the Austrian champions last season.
🇿🇲 Patson Daka loves European nights 🤩
— UEFA Europa Conference League (@europacnfleague) February 22, 2022
The 23-year-old has shown flashes of his potential during his debut season with the Foxes, scoring ten goals in all competitions including a four-goal haul against Spartak Moscow in the Europa League.
Ibrahima Konate – 22.49mph
Another new addition to the Premier League this season, Liverpool boosted their defensive stocks with the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
Konate has had an encouraging first season at Liverpool and has made 19 appearances in all competitions, with his athleticism and passing from the backline having impressed.
Konate’s speed allows him to thrive in the Reds’ high defensive line and Jurgen Klopp will hope the 23-year-old can continue his development and become a long-term fixture at Anfield.
Adama Traore – 22.74mph
Few sights strike fear into full-backs more than Adama Traore running with the ball at full flight, the winger a formidable mix of sheer speed and strength.
Traore’s 22.74mph top speed in the joint-second fastest recorded in the Premier League this season, though the 26-year-old will not have a chance to improve that mark after joining Barcelona on loan in January.
Just @AdamaTrd37 sealing the 𝗪 late on.
— Wolves (@Wolves) January 16, 2022
The Spain international has provided four assist in seven starts for the Catalans, who have the option to make the agreement permanent for a fee of €30m.
Mohamed Salah – 22.74mph
Mohamed Salah ranks alongside Traore in second having recorded a top speed of 22.74mph this season, with the Egyptian international having been difficult to stop for Premier League defences in 2021/22.
Salah is the division’s leading scorer with 20 goals for the campaign so far, whilst he ranks second for assists after laying on 10 goals for his Liverpool teammates.
𝓢𝓹𝓮𝓬𝓲𝓪𝓵 from 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 angle. ✨
Enjoy Mo’s 150th goal for the Reds 🤩 Outstanding, @mosalah 👏
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 20, 2022
The 29-year-old’s combination of speed, strength and clinical finishing have made him one of the world’s finest footballers right now, with Salah the odds-on favourite to be crowned as the PFA Player of the Year this season.
Antonio Rudiger – 22.80mph
Antonio Rudiger has ranked as the fastest footballer in the Premier League so far this season, recording a highest speed of 22.80mph for Chelsea.
The defender has been a central figure in Chelsea’s success under Thomas Tuchel, impressing with his aggressive manner of defending and marauding runs forward.
Rudiger has excelled as part of a back three and his recovery pace has been essential to the system Tuchel has implemented at Stamford Bridge.
Out of contract at the end of the season, his increasingly likely exit will be a major blow to the west Londoners.