The latest updated stats have been published, showing which players have run the furthest in the six Premier League matches so far, with Jack Colback right up there in second place.

Only former Newcastle winger James Milner has covered more ground so far, with Aaron Ramsey in third place behind Colback.

The EA Player Performance Index stats show that Jack Colback has run 71.8km in the matches up to now, an average of 12km per game.

The Newcastle midfielder is often a hard one to judge as he doesn’t often stand out and tends to do a lot of the unseen work, rather than the kind of things the cameras are drawn to.

What cannot be disputed, and which these stats back up, is the ginger Geordie’s commitment to the team.

If sheer effort is enough to succeed in the Premier League then Colback has it.

Whilst Daryl Janmaat has worked his way back into form through simply getting his head down and working as hard as possible, certain other players are seemingly falling short even on this most basic requirement.

Interesting to see Surman and Ritchie in third and sixth places, they both play for Bournemouth and remind you once again that the three clubs who were promoted are not going to be pushovers…as we found out on Saturday – Watford’s Etienne Capoue in eleventh spot.

With Newcastle, and other established Premier League clubs, having to match that effort/enthusiasm before you can expect to get the right result.

These are the eleven players who have covered the most ground so far this season in the Premier League, total number of km before their name:

74.8 James Milner (Liverpool)

71.8 Jack Colback (Newcastle)

70.8 Andrew Surman (Bournemouth)

70.7 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 

70.4 Mark Noble (West Ham)

69.7 Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)

68.9 Gareth Barry (Everton)

68.1 Darren Fletcher (West Brom)

68.0 Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)

67.6 Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

66.9 Etienne Capoue (Watford)