What are they feeding children in Scandinavia?
Because whatever it is, the stats for distance covered in the Premier League season prove we should all be practising hygge and listening to Sigur Ros if we want greater stamina.
With one game left of the campaign, we can reveal the players who have covered the most distance in the league, as well as who tops the charts for most travelled per game.
Swansea’s Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson tops the list for the player who has run the most this Premier League season, having covered a whopping 422.36 kilometres so far, while Tottenham Hotspur’s Danish star Christian Eriksen follows him on 418.88 kilometres.
When it comes down to average distance per game, Eriksen leads the way on 11.97km per game, while Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson covered 11.92km on average in the 24 Premier League games he played before picking up a foot injury in late February.
Using data from Opta, we looked at the players who had played a minimum of 10 Premier League games this campaign, and there were perhaps a few surprising names on the list.
Central defensive midfielders and full-backs largely rule the roost, with Hull’s Sam Clucas, James Milner and N’Golo Kante (of course) completing the top five players for total distance covered, but Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Spurs’ Dele Alli also make the respective charts.