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

Only former Newcastle player 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 ran 48.51km in the matches up to now, an average of 12.13km 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.

In fact, whilst results have gone against Newcastle so far, the work ethic of he side is certainly something that the vast majority of supporters have appreciated.

This was further evidenced by the reaction during and after the Arsenal match, where United had to play all but 16 minutes with 10 men.

Interesting to see Surman and Ritchie in fifth 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.

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 six players who have covered the most ground so far this season in the Premier League, total number of km before their name and average per match after:

49.15 James Milner (12.29)

48.51 Jack Colback (12.13)

47.44 Aaron Ramsey (11.86)

47.06 Morgan Schneiderlin (11.77)

46.37 Andrew Surman (11.59)

46.01 Matt Ritchie (11.50)