Forget Nemanja Matic, Tottenham's Christian Eriksen is the Premier League's hardest worker

Tottenham Hotspur ace Christian Eriksen has his own Premier League record this season.

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen has covered 395 kilometres over the course of the Premier League season, more than any other player.

When thinking of the Premier League’s hardest working players, Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic is one of the first names that comes to mind due to his role in the side.

The Serbia international protects his defence by harrying the opposition, tracking the runs of breaking midfielders and sweeping up loose balls.

Going forward, Matic also pushes on when his team are in possession and regularly monitors those looking to counter-attack from corners or set-piece situations.

As per a piece in the Telegraph two months ago, the former Benfica man made the top 10 for both total distance covered and average distance per Premier League encounter.

  PositionTeamBall Recoveries per GameAppearancesMins Played
Nemanja Matic MF Chelsea 9.06 33 2,913
Steven N'Zonzi MF Stoke 6.46 35 3,104
Christian Eriksen MF Tottenham 5.34 35 2,901

However, according to Opta, the player who has covered the most ground throughout the campaign comes in the rather unlikely guise of Spurs’ attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The Danish international is said to have covered a whopping 395 kilometres over the past nine months, more than both Matic and Stoke City’s renowned enforcer Steven N’Zonzi.

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the defensive midfield duo both record, on average, more ball recoveries but given Eriksen’s role in the Spurs team, his work-rate is brilliant.

The 23-year-old has netted a superb 10 league goals from 31 starts this season, yet his willingness to work hard for the team is an attribute Spurs fans can ultimately take great heart from.

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