It was pretty obvious how quick Kurt Zouma was when he made Romelu Lukaku look like he was running through treacle.
Now the Stoke City defender, on loan from Chelsea for the season, has been named in the top 10 fastest players in the Premier League so far this season.
The 22-year-old centre-back has been clocked at 34.94km/h by Opta’s speed guns. That’s 21.7mph in old money.
Man City’s Leroy Sané tops the charts with 35.48km/h, the fastest time since records began all the way back in … 2014/15.
Zouma is enjoying himself this term, telling earlier this week : “I feel very well here. I’m playing, I’m happy and I’m getting back to what I used to do before. That’s why I’m here, to help the team and play. I’ll keep going like that.
“Am I back at my best level? I just do my best every game. People can judge how well I’m playing. I just need to keep focussed on that.”
Premier League top 10 fastest players 2017/18
1. Leroy Sané (Manchester City): 35.48km/h
2. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace): 35.42km/h
3. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea): 35.19km/h
4. Kyle Walker (Manchester City): 35.16km/h
5. Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion): 35.13km/h
6. Kiko Femenia (Watford): 35.12km/h
7. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal): 35.11km/h
8. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City): 35.09km/h
9. Kurt Zouma (Stoke City): 34.94km/h
10. Sadio Mané (Liverpool): 34.84km/h
Source – Stoke Sentinel
Apart from Rudiger and Zouma, Patrick Van Aanholt is another ex-Chelsea Defender who has managed to make it very high on the list.
Christensen enjoying at Chelsea
Andreas Christensen is ready to play in whatever position Antonio Conte needs him to ensure that he gets more playing time for Chelsea this season.
The 21-year-old returned from his two year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach and has looked a superb prospect in his appearances for the Blues this season.
Christensen has taken his chances with suspensions to Gary Cahill and David Luiz in the early stages of the campaign, however has only played in the centre of the three of the back.
The Danish international was impressive again against Manchester City, despite the defeat, which was the last game of David Luiz’s three match suspension.
However, Christensen has revealed that Conte is trying to make the youngster a complete defender, teaching him to play in all three positions at the back.
“I’m happy for the matches I’ve got, and I think I’ve shown myself as well as I could. It may seem like I play [in one position], but at training I have also trained on the other two places, so if I need it, I will not think twice about jumping in there,” Christensen told Bold.
“I can use it for something, and I hope it [Man City performance] can help give me more playing time ahead. But the result was not very good, so it’s only the positive I can take with it.
The Blues had a decent September, with five wins, that was slightly tainted by the City defeat. But Christensen is sure that the Blues are ready to kick on now when the players return from the international break.
“We have played seven matches in 21 days, so it has been hard. Conte started before it was time to say that if anyone thought they could play all seven matches, there was something wrong with them,” he added.
“He made a great effort to rotate, and he has done that too. But I think we have found our legs and know what to do.”