When it comes to the hardest working clubs this season, where do Newcastle figure?
You also have the question of, does covering the most ground correspond directly to getting results.
These are the distances(km) covered by Premier League clubs on average per game this season, as per EA Sports:
- Bournemouth 118.28
- Tottenham – 115.63
- West Brom – 113.44
- Manchester United – 113.4
- West Ham – 112.83
- Newcastle – 111.58
- Watford – 111.18
- Leicester – 110.43
- Southampton – 109.86
- Crystal Palace – 109.49
- Manchester City – 109.3
- Liverpool – 108.76
- Chelsea – 108.5
- Arsenal – 108.03
- Sunderland – 107.93
- Swansea – 107.74
- Stoke – 107.11
- Norwich – 106.62
- Everton – 105.77
- Aston Villa – 104.78
As you can see, Newcastle are sixth in the list with a team average of 111.58km covered per match.
At the top you Bournemouth covering almost 7km per match more, whilst bottom of the pile is Aston Villa and on average they are around £4km a match behind United.
The overall figures do by some small margin back up the idea overall, that the more you run the better you do.
Six of the top ten in the list above are also in the top ten in the Premier League table.
Whilst bottom two in the Premier League, Villa and Sunderland are in the bottom six of distance covered.
I suppose we would all hope that Newcastle United’s relatively high position in sixth, might suggest that the players have been putting the effort in but not necessarily getting the results they deserve.
With football, the amount of running by players is only one factor in the game and so can only be used up to a point in determining the team’s performance.
However, one thing is for sure, as fans you’d rather see your team higher rather than lower on this list, as the first thing you expect is effort.