Man City's Walker and Man United's Pogba feature among top 10 fastest Premier League players

Pace is essential. There's no substitute for speed in modern-day football.

While defenders might use it for a last-minute recovery tackle on an opponent, forwards use it during counter-attacks to push the opposition onto the back foot.

In the ever-so competitive Premier League too, the importance of natural speed and that burst of pace is second to none. No wonder managers and clubs are always on the look out for pacy wingers and wing-backs.

So who do you think makes it into the top 10 list of fastest players in the Premier League? Opta has helped us find out.

And while there are a few expected names in the list, there are a few surprises as well!

Most popular

Related Sections

Allowing Alexis Sanchez to see out final year at Arsenal could cost £140m says Arsene Wenger

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Sanchez was withdrawn against Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger admits allowing Alexis Sanchez to see out the final year of his contract could cost Arsenal as much as £140m.

On the day that Sanchez spoke of his disillusionment over the criticism he receives, Wenger revealed the numbers involved if the Chile forward leaves at the end of the season as expected.

Sanchez’s desired moved to Manchester City broke down on transfer deadline day after Arsenal failed to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, who had been identified as his successor.

Wenger admits the Gunners will miss out on a fee of up to £70m should he depart in June – and will have to spend that much again to ensure he is adequately replaced.

“You take a Sanchez into the final year of his contract, you sacrifice £60-£70m income and at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“It has a huge price so at some stage you have to make a decision, you have to sacrifice one or two.”

Wenger insists recent transfers led by Neymar’s £198m move to PSG have distorted the market to the point that value for money has become a secondary consideration.

“We have today 107 players in England who go into the final year of their contract,” Wenger said. “It’s a complete rotation and change in the way people see their career for two reasons.

“One, all the players expect higher wages because they anticipate inflation.

“All the clubs, because the transfer market has gone up so much, the clubs do not want to pay so high prices for all the transfers for players who are good players, but will not change their life.

Ousmane Dembele became a Barcelona player this ummer.

Ousmane Dembele became a Barcelona player this summer.

“The amount of money is completely disconnected to reality and the truth.

“One example – no matter how well you work as a football coach, (Ousmane) Dembele last year was €15m, this year €150m.

“No matter how well you work on the football pitch, you cannot make a player go from €15m to €150m.

“The calculation between investment and what you can get back, that has gone. It’s just, ‘can you afford to buy or not?'”

Arsenal continue to navigate choppy waters with an underwhelming summer in the transfer window compounded by a poor start to the season.

And Sanchez’s sense of frustration has only increased after he voiced his dismay at what he views as constant criticism after Chile suffered a 1-0 defeat by Bolivia that threatens their participation in next year’s World Cup.

Chile sit sixth in South American qualifying for the tournament in Russia with two rounds left. Only the top four qualify automatically.

Sanchez wrote on his Instagram account: “You get tired of being criticised with or without reason, you get tired of those who want you to lose, you get tired of saying to yourself ‘once more I’ll get up’ after crying after a defeat, and you get tired of telling the world and people who are with you, that everything is going well.

“And the worst, is that no one ever realises how that makes you feel…I have the 7 of Chile on my back and it is a huge responsibility, that’s why it makes me sad that journalists and bad people criticise without knowing.”

Most popular

Related Sections

How Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Riyad Mahrez fared for their countries after deadline day heartbreak

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

There were some notable non-movers when the summer transfer window came to a close last week, with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez among those for whom no deal materialised.

Having each been on international duty with their respective countries, the trio are now returning to clubs they might have hoped not to ahead of the Premier League getting back under way this weekend.

Here’s a look at how the international break has been for Sanchez, Coutinho and Mahrez since the transfer deadline passed.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ

After looking thoroughly frustrated for most of Arsenal’s 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool and then seeing Manchester City’s bid to sign him fail, Sanchez played the full duration of Chile’s two World Cup qualifiers during the break, both of which ended in defeat.

A 3-0 home loss to Paraguay was followed by a 1-0 reverse in Bolivia – with Sanchez reportedly having had to deal with an ankle problem in the build-up to the latter – and the forward subsequently posted a downbeat message on Instagram, accompanied by a picture of him wearing an Arsenal kit with a Chile flag around his shoulders.

The message said: “You get tired of being criticised with reason or without reason…of saying to yourself ‘once more I’ll get up’ after crying after a defeat…of telling the world and people who are with you that everything is going well. And the worst, that no one ever realises how that makes you feel…I have the number seven of Chile on my back and it is a huge responsibility, so it makes me sad that journalists and bad people criticise without knowing…”

Arsenal host Bournemouth on Saturday.

FBL-ENG-PR-LIVERPOOL-ARSENAL

PHILIPPE COUTINHO

Coutinho played in a match for the first time this season when he came off the bench to score for Brazil in last week’s 2-0 home win over Ecuador, and he added another substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw in Colombia.

Before that, the playmaker, who in early August submitted a transfer request to Liverpool amid bids for him from Barcelona, had sat out the Reds’ opening five games of 2017/18, with boss Jurgen Klopp saying he was sidelined by a back injury and illness.

The Merseyside outfit are at Manchester City in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

RIYAD MAHREZ

Mahrez publicly expressed his desire to leave Leicester at the start of the summer and it appeared it would finally happen after the Algerian football Federation announced last week that the winger had been allowed to depart the national team camp and return to Europe to “formalise his transfer to his new club”.

But no move came about for Mahrez, while Algeria flew to Zambia without him and went on to suffer a 3-1 loss on Saturday. They then faced the same opposition at home three days later, with Mahrez playing the full 90 minutes, and were beaten again, going down 1-0.

Leicester’s return to action on Saturday sees them take on Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.

Provided by Press Association Sport

Most popular

Related Sections