MARTIAL IS PREMIER LEAGUE’S JOINT- FASTEST PLAYER

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has
equalled Jamie Vardy as the fastest footballer
in this season’s Barclays Premier League,
according to records kept by EA Sports’ Player
Performance Index.
The French hot-shot managed to clock an
incredible speed of 22 miles per hour over five
seconds when Louis van Gaal’s Reds drew 3-3
against Newcastle at St James’ Park earlier
this month, which is exactly the same speed
registered by Leicester forward and top scorer
Vardy earlier in the campaign.
The EA Sports PPI is the Premier League’s
official rating index that measures a player’s
contribution to his team using six key indices.
The intention is to “remove any opinion bias
and only work with proven statistical
measurements” which become more accurate
as the season progresses.
Here are the Premier League’s six fastest
players after 22 matches played:
FASTEST IN 2015/16 PREMIER LEAGUESPEED
1: ANTHONY MARTIAL22 MPH
2: JAMIE VARDY22 MPH
3: JEFFREY SCHLUPP21.9 MPH
4: KYLE WALKER21.8 MPH
5: DIVOCK ORIGI21.8 MPH
6: PAUL DUMMETT21.8 MPH
The identity of United’s fastest player has
been debated among the first-team squad for
the last 12 months with Chris Smalling,
Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young
and Wayne Rooney all among the leading
contenders. Yet that debate was eventually
put to rest when the captain was clocked at
35 kilometres per hour during the 3-1 win
over Aston Villa in April 2015, as explained in
our statistical story .
Interestingly, Rooney’s figure from last
campaign equates to 21.74 MPH and that is,
of course, just slightly slower than Martial’s
top speed registered against the Magpies.

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