Burnley's George Boyd has often been hailed as the Premier League's fittest player and the stats are crystal clear to back it up
According to the Daily Telegraph, Boyd is ahead of leading names such as Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea as well as Steven N'Zonzi of Stoke City, just to mention a few, with 7.45 miles covered on average per game.
The Scot joined Burnley from Hull City in a £3 million deal at the start of the season, and has also covered four of the top six distances in England's top flight this season, putting in a whopping 8.42 miles against Newcastle United earlier this season.
Despite his obvious fitness levels, Boyd is not going to ask Burnley manager Sean Dyche for a rest any time soon as the Clarets battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Boyd played in the 1-1 draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea, and he said: "I think since Christmas we’ve noticed. Newcastle away, even games where we’ve not quite got the three points, we’ve been on top of teams in the last 20 minutes.
“It happened a lot last season in the Championship, and there’s not as many games this season.
“It’s that relentlessness of wave after wave of attack, even if we have to defend we have the fitness to get back and go again on the counter.
"I think it’s definitely an advantage, we’re the fittest team in the league and we’re getting stronger when other teams are tiring. I’ve no doubt it will have an impact on games because we’ll be running over teams.”
Relegation- threatened Burnley also top the Premier League's overall stats to boost their hopes of staying up after winning promotion, but some will wonder why they are lanquishing in the bottom three having covered more miles collectively than Premier League champions Manchester City.
Going by the stats as put together by Daily Telegraph, Burnley are ahead of Manchester City with 1,953 miles covered this season so far.
It would lead you to believe that Burnley have to work a lot harder than their rivals in the Premier League to make up for a lack of ability and technique in their squad.
So far they are only three point adrifts of safety before they visit Liverpool this evening, but all the running will be worth it if they avoid the drop.