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REVEALED: The Premier League’s fastest player is not who you will expect!

There’s been a huge upset in the race to be crowned the Premier League’s fastest player.

The usual suspects such as Hector Bellerin, Theo Walcott and Jamie Vardy make the top 10, but they are beaten by a surprise name.

REVEALED: The Premier League's fastest player is not who you will expect!

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Martin Kelly of Crystal Palace chases down Shane Long of Southampton during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on September 21, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Opta have crunched the numbers and have revealed the top 10 fastest players in the division – based on the highest speed they’ve reached at any point during a game.

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Premier League’s fastest players 2016/17

  1. Hector Bellerin (34.77 km/h)

8= Maya Yoshida (34.78 km/h)

8= Theo Walcott (34.78 km/h)

  1. Wilfried Zaha (34.79 km/h)
  2. Eric Bailly (34.84 km/h)

Firstly, lets have a look at places 10-6, where Walcott and Bellerin make the cut.

The biggest shock at this point is the presence of Southampton defender Maya Yoshida.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Manchester United’s summer signing Eric Bailly also fail to find their way into the top 5.

Premier League’s fastest players 2016/17

  1. Andre Gray (34.87 km/h)
  2. Jamie Vardy (35.10 km/h)
  3. Kyle Walker (35.18 km/h)
  4. Lynden Gooch (35.19 km/h)
  5. Shane Long (35. 31 km/h)

So there you have it.

Southampton’s Shane Long is the fastest player in the Premier League so far this season.

Pacey forwards Andre Gray and Jamie Vardy take fifth and fourth, while Tottenham’s flying full-back Kyle Walker is third.

Sunderland’s little known 20-year-old American signing Lynden Gooch is second, but with a recorded speed of 35.31 km/h, but it’s Republic of Ireland forward Long who takes the top spot.

When you compare Long’s recorded time with Opta’s top 10 fastest players worldwide from January 2016, the Irishman is faster than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben and Gareth Bale, all of whom ran sub-35 km/h.

Truly unbelievable.

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