The Premier League’s 20 slowest players: Laid back, lumbering or first yard in the head?

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When it comes to the Premier League , having pace in abundance definitely helps – but it isn’t a prerequisite for success.

For every Thierry Henry or Michael Owen, there’s a David Bellion or Dennis Rommedahl.

Teddy Sheringham, who wasn’t quick, enjoyed great success in England’s top flight, and was said to have his first yard in his head.

Another of the league’s most decorated players, John Terry, has at times resembled a man with lead in his boots.

But who are the league’s current slow coaches? Who’s lagging behind?

Opta has tracked the top speed of every player in the league.

Here are the slowest 20, excluding goalkeepers, to have played in three or more games:

20. Ilkay Gundogan

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Top speed : 30.15km/h

Club : Manchester City

Age : 26

19. Leon Britton

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Top speed : 30.13km/h

Club : Swansea

Age : 34

18. Memphis Depay

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Top speed : 30.12km/h

Club : Manchester United

Age : 22

 

17. Max Gradel

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Top speed : 30.06km/h

Club : Bournemouth

Age : 28

 

16. James Ward-Prowse

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Top speed : 29.99km/h

Club : Southampton

Age : 21

 

15. Luis Hernandez

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Top speed : 29.92km/h

Club : Leicester

Age : 27

14. Harry Maguire

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Top speed : 29.91km/h

Club : Hull

Age : 23

13. Santi Cazorla

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Top speed : 29.9km/h

Club : Arsenal

Age : 31

12. Tom Huddlestone

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Top speed : 29.8km/h

Club : Hull

Age : 29

11. Mohamed Elneny

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Top speed : 29.86

Club : Arsenal

Age : 24

 

10. Andy King

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Top speed : 29.7km/h

Club : Leicester

Age : 27

9. Craig Gardner

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Top speed : 29.62km/h

Club : West Brom

Age : 29

8. Hal Robson-Kanu

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Top speed : 29.49km\h

Club : West Brom

Age : 27

7. Gareth Barry

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Top speed: 29.4km/h

Club : Everton

Age : 35

6. Lucas

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Top speed : 29.37km/h

Club : Liverpool

Age : 29

5. Olivier Giroud

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op speed : 29.19km/h

Club : Arsenal

Age : 30

4. Shaun Maloney

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Top speed : 28.87

Club : Hull

Age : 33

3. Cesc Fabregas

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Top speed : 28.73km/h

Club : Chelsea

Age : 29

 

2. Peter Crouch

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Top speed : 28.58km/h

Club : Stoke

Age : 35

1. Charlie Adam

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Top speed : 26.72

Club : Stoke

Age : 30

 

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