Jorginho ran FURTHER than Chelsea team-mate N'Golo Kante this season

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REVEALED: Jorginho ran FURTHER than Chelsea team-mate N'Golo Kante this season…. and who was the Premier League's marathon man clocking up 278 miles?

  • Chelsea midfielder Jorginho ran more than his Chelsea team-mate N'Golo Kante
  • The Italian as under heavy criticism in his first season in English football
  • His energy is not questioned, finishing third in the most-covered distance
  • Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic clocked up the most mileage with 278

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho came under severe criticism from his own fans this season for having very little impact on matches.

That may be true in some cases but there may be no doubting of the rate in the heart of Maurizio Sarri's midfield.

Statistics show that the former Naples playmaker ran more than his ever-bubbly team-mate N'Golo Kante.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho ran more than his ever-bubbly team-mate N'Golo Kante

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho ran more than his ever-bubbly team-mate N'Golo Kante

The Italian clocked up 260 miles, seven miles more than the dynamic French midfielder

The Italian clocked up 260 miles, seven miles more than the dynamic French midfielder

MOST DISTANCE COVERED – TOP 10

Luka Milivojevic – 278 miles

Jack Cork – 277 miles

Jorginho – 260 miles

Wilfred Ndidi – 254 miles

N'Golo Kante – 253 miles

Cesar Azpilicueta – 251 miles

James McArthur – 250 miles

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 249 miles

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 245 miles

Ben Chilwell – 244 miles

Brought in last summer to be the hub of 'Sarri-ball', Jorginho was under fire for his sluggish build-up play and opposing teams even started to target him.

However, stats show that he was on the move as he tried to shut down attacks or drive Chelsea forward.

He clocked up an impressive 260 miles over the course of the season. That was seven miles ahead of Kante, who was moved to a dynamic box-to-box role under Sarri.

In fact, there were only two players in the top flight who ran further than Jorginho.

Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic clocked up the most distance with 278 miles, while Burnley's Jack Cork was just behind him on 277 miles.

Sandwiched in between Jorginho and Kante was Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi after the Nigerian amassed 254 miles, just one more than the French World Cup winner.

Crystal Palace anchorman Luka Milivojevic clocked up the most distance with 278 miles

Crystal Palace anchorman Luka Milivojevic clocked up the most distance with 278 miles

Spanish full back Cesar Azpilicueta joined his colleagues Stamford Bridge in the top 10.

Right to back in Sarri's 4-3-3 system, instead of Antonio Conte, Azpilicueta worked the channels well to accumulate 251 miles.

There was also further Crystal Palace representation with Scottish midfielder James McArthur running 250 miles, just one more than Everton attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson on 249 miles

There is bound to be reports linking Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure with a move away from Vicarage Road this summer and his energy was again evident this campaign. He ran an impressive 245 miles for Javi Gracia's side.

Leicester defender Ben Chilwell completes the top 10 with 244 miles and England boss Gareth Southgate will be hoping he can maintain that vibrancy in the Nations League finals next month.

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