Manchester City's James Milner sets new Premier League benchmark

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Manchester City midfielder James Milner is known for his tireless running, and he has raised the Premier League bar when it comes to grass covered.

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James Milner is the Premier League’s equivalent of the Duracell bunny. As rivals fall by the wayside, the Manchester City man just keeps on going. He lasts longer, much longer.

He has forged a successful career out of this tireless energy, with Premier League title glory and England international recognition coming the way of the former Leeds United academy graduate.

His feats of almost superhuman endurance now come as no surprise, with it expected that Milner will run himself into the ground each and every time he takes to the field.

Here is a man that really does cover every blade of grass and ensures that he heads for a post-match shower confident that he could have offered no more to the collective cause.

It is these attributes which make reports of a proposed move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer - such as those in the Express - all the more difficult to comprehend, with there seemingly little logic in allowing his contract to run down.

Not that he needs to offer any more reminders to his club bosses of his worth as those terms tick down, but the 29-year-old did just that during Wednesday’s potentially tricky trip to Stoke City.

The Britannia Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for the Citizens down the years in their pursuit of Premier League points, but Milner’s efforts helped to ease them to a 4-1 success – with a rare goal netted, an assist provided and a new top-flight benchmark set in terms of distance covered.

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James Milner – MAN CITY v Stoke – 13.56km – 11.2.15

George BoydBURNLEY v Newcastle – 13.55km – 1.1.15

Tom Carroll – SWANSEA v Southampton – 13.47km – 1.2.15

George Boyd – BURNLEY v Stoke – 13.34km – 22.11.14

George Boyd – BURNLEY v Man Utd – 13.30km – 11.2.15

George Boyd – BURNLEY v Aston Villa – 13.24km – 29.11.14

Gylfi Sigurdsson – SWANSEA v Man Utd – 13.18km – 16.8.14

Christian Eriksen – TOTTENHAM v Swansea – 13.17km – 14.12.14

Harry Kane – TOTTENHAM v Swansea – 13.12km – 14.12.14

Marouane Fellaini – MAN UTD v Southampton – 13.12km – 8.12.14

The table above helps to highlight how impressive Milner’s numbers are, with the only surprise being that he only figures once on the list – although he will settle for that solitary showing being in top spot.

George Boyd has been a dominant force in this area, with the Burnley man doing all he can to help lift the Clarets away from relegation danger.

He has been knocked from his lofty perch, though, and will, if he can, have to raise his game again if he is to edge out a fellow midfielder in the battle to be crowned this season’s top-flight Action Man.

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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 #FEELTHEGAME

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