Date: 13th October 2016 at 1:30am
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With the October international break upon us, the statisticians have been crunching the numbers from the opening seven games of the Premier League 2016/17 season.

Focusing purely on effort and work rate, The Mirror looked at the numbers for the Premier League’s hardest working player, and with then Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante being regularly highlighted last season for his effort…after seven games he’s not in top spot when it comes to the table of who has covered the most ground.

That honour goes to Burnley’s George Boyd.

Of course for Burnley fans that won’t come as much of a surprise, because Boyd was helping to lead the way last time they were in the Premier League when it came to distances, and he’s simply at it again this year – running over 4km more than anybody else in the division.

A top ten table for those putting in the effort reads.

Pos
Player
Club
Distance
1
George Boyd
Burnley
86.52km
2
Jordan Henderson
Liverpool
82.39km
3
Andrew Surman
Bournemouth
80.86km
4
N’Golo Kante
Chelsea
80.56km
5
Nemanja Matic
Chelsea
79.89km
6
Jack Cork
Swansea City
79.84km
7
Craig Dawson
West Bromwich Albion
79.14km
8
Georginio Wijnaldum
Liverpool
79.00km
9
Sam Clucas
Hull City
78.51km
10

Fernandinho

Manchester City
77.82km



Whether or not the table maintains that outlook over the next seven games remains to be seen, but largely the players you would expect to figure in the distance covered are all there once again this year.

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