City’s speedster breaks PL record

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane is officially the fastest player in Premier League history.

Opta began recording sprint speeds in 2014, and no player has bettered the 35.48kph of the pacy Germany international.

Sane has excelled for Pep Guardiola’s City this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists in seven Premier League appearances.

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And the 21-year-old set a record as his side secured an impressive 1-0 victory at champions Chelsea last weekend.

Sane has edged out Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, as the quickest player in the division so far this season.

City have another representative amongst the league’s fastest in right-back Kyle Walker, signed from Tottenham for £50m in the summer.

​Rank Name​ Club​ Speed (2017-18)​
​1. Leroy Sane​ Manchester City​ 35.48kph​
​2. ​Patrick van Aanholt Crystal Palace​ 35.42kph​
​3. ​Antonio Rudiger Chelsea​ 35.19kph​
​4. ​Kyle Walker Manchester City​ 35.16kph​
​5. ​Oliver Burke West Bromwich Albion​ 35.13kph​
​6. ​Kiko Femenia Watford​ 35.12kph​
​7. ​Laurent Koscielny Arsenal​ 35.11kph​
​8. ​Jamie Vardy Leicester City​ 35.09kph​
​9. ​Kurt Zouma Stoke City​ 34.94kph​
​10. ​Sadio Mane Liverpool​ 34.84kph​


Despite his form in recent weeks, Guardiola revealed prior to the Chelsea game that Sane had not done enough in pre-season to warrant a place in the team at the start of the campaign.

“He didn’t arrive good. He didn’t make a good pre-season, he was not good in those games and he didn’t deserve to play,” he said, quoted by ​the Independent.

“Now I have five strikers, all of them deserve to play. Gabriel is an amazing player. Bernardo Silva, Rash [Sterling], Leroy [Sané], Sergio [Aguero]. All of them are going to play, some of them are going to rest. I need them sharp.”

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