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Ireland stars named top and 5th in list of Premier League's fastest players

The stats refer to top speeds recorded this season so far.

Italy v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group E - Stade Pierre Mauroy Ireland team-mates Long and McClean. Source: Antonio Calanni

TOP SPORTS DATA company Opta have released stats revealing which Premier League players have recorded the highest speeds so far this season.

And the list makes for surprising reading.

While renowned speedsters Jamie Vardy and Kyle Walker feature in the top five, they are outdone by Sunderland’s American youngster Lynden Gooch and Ireland striker Shane Long, who takes top spot with a blistering 35.31km/h.

Long’s international team-mate, West Brom winger James McClean, is also included in fifth-place.

Here’s the list in full:

10. Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace – 34.79km/h

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League - King Power Stadium Source: PA Archive/PA Images

9. Etienne Capoue, Watford – 34.83km/h

Watford v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League - Vicarage Road Source: PA Archive/PA Images

8. Eric Bailly, Manchester United – 34.84km/h

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League - Old Trafford Source: EMPICS Sport

7. Adama Traore, Middlesbrough – 34.84km/h

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Arsenal v Middlesbrough - Premier League - Emirates Stadium Source: John Walton

6. Andre Gray, Burnley – 34.87km/h

Leicester City v Burnley - Premier League - King Power Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

5. James McClean, West Brom – 35.04km/h

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United - Premier League - The Hawthorns Source: PA Archive/PA Images

4. James Vardy, Leicester City – 35.1km/h

Leicester City v FC Copenhagen - UEFA Champions League - Group G - King Power Stadium Source: Tim Goode

3. Kyle Walker, Tottenham – 35.18km/h

AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League - Vitality Stadium Source: PA Wire/PA Images

2. Lynden Gooch, Sunderland – 35.19km/h

Sunderland v Middlesbrough - Premier League - Stadium of Light Source: PA Archive/PA Images

1. Shane Long, Southampton – 35.31km/h

Southampton v Espanyol - Pre-Season Friendly - St Mary's Stadium Source: PA Archive/PA Images

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