New data has just been published showing what distances each of the 20 Premier League clubs have covered over the course of the 11 matches so far.
Right at the top with 1256km now covered, stand Bournemouth.
After beating Newcastle United on Saturday they are fully 9km ahead of the next closest club, West Brom.
To put that into perspective, from West Brom in second place to Burnley in fifth, the next four are only separated by 10km.
As for Newcastle United, they find themselves in 12th position (one lower than their league placing), with 1213km covered.
This is 43km less than Bournemouth at the top, roughly averaging 4km per game less, whilst interestingly, Newcastle’s next opponents are right at the bottom.
Manchester United have only covered 1162km with Jose Mourinho adopting a different ‘style’ to most other clubs at the top, their team running 51km less than Newcastle and a massive 94 km less than Bournemouth. A difference between bottom and top of almost 9km per match.
The stats have to be taken in a wider context as aimless running alone may not be very productive, though I guess that fans of Bournemouth for example will be more reassured of the commitment of their players as compared to those of West Ham who are second bottom by a whisker.
Along with Man Utd, the Hammers have ran at least 20km less than all of the other teams.
Table published by Sky Sports:
Those who are high in the ratings are a mixture of the better clubs (Spurs, Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea) playing high tempo football, alongside others (Bournemouth, West Brom, Watford) trying to use hard work/running to make up a quality deficit.
There is no exact way of comparing these running stats to Premier League positions but if you leave aside Manchester United, then all eight clubs (including Newcastle) who have ran the lowest distances are currently in the bottom half of the PL table.