REVEALED: The Premier League’s marathon men! Bruno Fernandes and Declan Rice make the top five but which surprise star has covered the most distance during the opening weeks of the season?

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  • The Premier League have revealed the stars who have covered the most ground 
  • Declan Rice, Bruno Fernandes and Dominik Szoboszlai make the top ten 
  • Listen to the latest episode of Mail Sport’s podcast It’s All Kicking Off!

The international break is over and we are gearing up for the return of the Premier League season on Saturday.

Ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, the Premier League have revealed the ten players who have covered the most ground across the opening four matches of the season. 

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Tottenham have made an excellent start to the season and it is one of their star players who have covered the covered the most distance out of any player so far this campaign.

Leading the way is Dejan Kulusevski, who has covered 47.07km in the opening four matches of the season.

The Swedish international has also covered the most distance in any individual match, topping the table by running 13km in his goal-scoring appearance against Bournemouth last month. 

Dejan Kulusevski has covered the most ground so far in the Premier League this season, managing 47.07km across his four appearances for Tottenham

Dejan Kulusevski has covered the most ground so far in the Premier League this season, managing 47.07km across his four appearances for Tottenham

Declan Rice and Bruno Fernandes make the top three in the Premier League's list

Declan Rice and Bruno Fernandes make the top three in the Premier League’s list

Man City star Rodri (Pictured) and Everton's Abdoulaye Doucoure complete the top five

Man City star Rodri (Pictured) and Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucoure complete the top five

Most distance covered across the opening four Premier League match weeks
Player Distance (km)   
1 Dejan Kulusevski 47.07   
2 Bruno Fernandes 46.84   
3 Declan Rice 46.75   
4 Abdoulaye Doucoure 46.43   
5 Rodri 46.37   
6 Philip Billing 45.97   
7 Bruno Guimaraes 45.82   
8 Dominik Szoboszlai 45.74   
9 Enzo Fernandez 45.19   
10 Pascal Gross 44.77   
*Stats from Premier League     
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Kulusevski joined Spurs joined Spurs permanently in the summer for £25million, and has had an impressive start to life under his new manager after a disappointing end to last season.

The versatile winger has started in all of his side’s fixtures so far, forming part of a formidable attacking force most recently against Burnley with Son Heung-Min, James Maddison, and new signing Manor Solomon.

Completing the top three are Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes in second with 46.84km , and Arsenal’s £105m summer signing Declan Rice in third with 46.75km.

The Portuguese international replaced under-fire Harry Maguire as United captain in the summer, and is well known for his tireless workrate.

Meanwhile Rice has shown exactly why The Gunners were willing to shell out a club-record price to West Ham for the 24 year-old, with his protection in front of the defence providing the stability needed to let Martin Odegaard thrive.

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Rice is also adept in driving forward and progressing the ball, with his determination and hard work resulting in him scoring the goal that put Arsenal ahead against Eric Ten Hag’s side in the 101st minute.

Midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure and Rodri make their way into the top 5, with 46.43km and 46.37km covered respectively, their work-rate reflecting the contrasting desires of Everton to yet again beat the drop and Manchester City to once again win the league.

Also present are two of the big money signings made in 2023, with Liverpool’s Dominik Szoboszlai having covered 45.74km so far this season and Cheslea’s World Cup winning midfielder Enzo Fernandez 45.19km.

Liverpool's new midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai (right) has also impressed since joining his new club, placing eighth so far in the standings for the most distance covered

Liverpool’s new midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai (right) has also impressed since joining his new club, placing eighth so far in the standings for the most distance covered

Szoboszlai forms part of Liverpool’s summer midfield rebuild alongside Alexis Mac Allister and Wataru Endo, with his sweet half-volley on the edge of the box against Aston Villa putting the shine on what has been an excellent start to his career at Anfield.

While Chelsea have been less than convincing so far this campaign, Enzo Fernandez has been a bright spark for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The £106.8m player boasts the most progressive passes and shot creating actions in the Premier League this season alongside his outstanding running stats.

Also making the top-ten for the most distance covered this season includes Philip Billing, Bruno Guimaraes and Pascal Gross. 

Rice, Fernandes and Gross retain their place in the top ten from last season’s final list, while 2022-23 leader James Ward-Prowse misses out so far since his move to West Ham.

Last season the midfielder averaged 11.4km across the 38 games he played for Southampton.

Man City dominate the top ten for players who have covered the most distance in one game.

Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Phil Foden make the top five, with the latter the only player on the list to make the top ten twice.

Most distance covered in one game
Player Distance (km)   
1 Dejan Kulusevski 13   
2 Bernardo Silva 12.57   
3 Rodri 12.48   
4 Phil Foden 12.45   
5 Billy Gilmour 12.34   
6 Phil Foden  12.23   
7 Mateo Kovacic 12.23   
8 Josh Cullen 12.21   
9 Vitaly Janelt 12.16   
10 Bruno Guimaraes 12.15   
*Stats from Premier League     

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