Boyd Burns for Burnley
It has been well documented that Raheem Sterling asked Roy Hodgson to excuse him from taking part in England’s game against Estonia last month due to fatigue.
The young winger has been sensational since making the step up to the Liverpool senior side and was a vital component in the club’s success last season. As a result, Sterling felt he was “too tired” to play a full 90 minutes and opted out of the starting line-up for the EURO 2016 qualifier.
However, his name does not appear once in the top 10 distances covered in a match this season by a single player. Instead, it is another wide man who has been dominating those charts according to EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
On Saturday 22 November, George Boyd inspired Burnley’s 2-1 win away from home against Stoke City with a season record of 8.29 miles covered throughout the match.
The Scottish international has only managed one goal since making the £3.34m summer move from Hull City to the Clarets but his work rate has been a motivating factor for the relegation-threatened club.
Boyd appears three times in the top 10 distances covered this campaign; in first, fourth, and ninth places.
His other notable performances came in a 1-0 victory over former employers Hull City where Boyd covered 8.07 miles in the 90 minutes and in the 1-3 defeat to West Ham where he managed 7.95 miles.
The loss against the Hammers was the only match in which Boyd made it into the top 10 distances covered where his team failed to win, however, the 29-year-old did score their only goal that day.
Another prominent figure in the top 10 distances covered is Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson who holds both second and third place.
The Icelandic midfielder covered distances of 8.19 and 8.1 miles against Manchester United and Burnley respectively but both of his performances came at the beginning of the season whereas Boyd’s have all been recorded in the last five game weeks.
Clarets manager, Sean Dyche is the man tasked with the seemingly impossible job of keeping Burnley safe from relegation this season and he will be hoping that Boyd does not become “too tired” to play if his work rate remains this impressive.
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Official Player Ranking Index of the Premier League. Pick, manage and play as your own team of stars in EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team. Find out more at http://www.easports.com/uk/fifa/ultimate-team  #FEELTHEGAME