Reported Liverpool target Adama Traore is the Premier League’s fourth fastest player. The Reds supposedly hope to add him to their team.
The Athletic recently put out an article detailing just how fast Premier League footballers are. In short, not as fast as Olympic sprinters. Some people need to hear that, apparently.
But that isn’t to say there aren’t some rapid players in England’s top flight. In fact, the Athletic published a top five that uses a consistency metric.
In order words, the PSV-99 (Peak Sprint Velocity) metric looks for players who consistently hit the fastest speeds. Do it once or twice? Not good enough. These are the stars who you can rely on to reach the highest heights.
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker comes out on top, consistently reaching 32km/h. Then comes Marcus Rashford (31.7) and Callum Wilson (31.3).
Fifth is Everton centre-half Ben Godfrey (30.9).
As for fourth? It’s someone that should interest Liverpool – Adama Traore.
Adama Traore is the PL’s fourth fastest player
No, they’re not the strongest sources in the world but we do know Jurgen Klopp is a fan. He labelled him ‘undefendable’ back in March after a game vs Wolves.
Look, it’s hardly a shock that Traore is fast – it’s probably his greatest asset. It might surprise some that he’s not the outright fastest, though.
But Traore’s ability comes from a mix of pace and power. Some players you can ease off the ball, no matter how fast they move. Not the Spaniard, however.
We think Traore would be a really interesting signing for Liverpool and this kind of stat shows why. He brings athleticism that’s at the elite level, above anything even Liverpool have.
They’re the kind of traits that Liverpool can use to make him a star, in truth. We’d like to see Klopp and co. get their hands on him. It could be a match made in heaven.