At a time where a high press strategy is becoming more popular with the big boys in the Premier League, players are having to run more and work harder in the modern game. Those teams that are struggling at the bottom of the league aren't just sitting back either, they all have to work twice as hard to try and salvage something with every game a competitive test in the top flight of English football. Here are the top few heroes who have covered the most ground for their sides this season as...
Burnley's £8m summer signing from Swansea leads the pack of workhorses with an incredible 85.1km covered over just the first seven games of the Premier League season.
Sean Dyche will certainly be happy with those stats, with the Clarets boss loving hard working players that gel with his tight knit group of players. The work-rate of Cork, as well as the step up in performance from his new team-mates, has meant that Burnley find themselves sitting an impressive sixth in the table heading into the international break.
Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure only started 14 games for the Hornets last season, so it may be somewhat of a surprise to fans that he has started every game so far under new boss Marko Silva.
However the 24-year-old has repaid his manager's faith through his incredibly work ethic on the pitch, which has put him at second on this list. Not only that but he has helped Watford get off to a good start to the season, after bagging three goals in his first seven games.
Premier League new-boys Brighton have had a tricky start to their campaign in the top flight picking up just seven points from their first seven games.
However one shining light for Chris Hughton's side has been their new signing from Ingolstadt Pascal Gross, who has covered an astounding amount of ground so far this season. Not only that but the German has picked up two goals and two assists in the first few games, showing how vital he will be to Brighton's survival hopes this season.
The Welsh Pirlo may not live up to his nickname in terms of trophies or legendary status, but he certainly makes up for it with his work-rate on the pitch.
The midfielder has been a staple name for Mark Hughes' team sheet so far this season, most probably due to the incredible work rate and ball retention the 27-year-old brings to the team. His Stoke side have leaked 11 goals this season and sit 13th in the table, however the Welshman surely can't be the blame for their less than impressive start.
Nemanja Matic has played every game so far for Manchester United and has looked to be one of the signings of the summer. Despite recently signing for Jose Mourinho's side Matic has proved himself as someone to rely on, as shown by the amount of ground the 29-year-old has covered so far.
The Serbian's capabilities have shored up a United midfield, while adding a valuable ball playing midfielder to the side, making United one of the favourites for the league this season.
Dele Alli has scored two goals and assisted once in the Premier League so far this season. This has helped his Spurs side get off to a good start in the league, with the London club currently sitting third in the league table heading into the international break.
The English ace is often lauded for his skill and attacking ability but his box-to-box attributes are supported this statistic which puts him as the league's sixth hardest worker, showing what a valuable asset he is for both club and country.
Matt Ritchie starts off this list and has been an influential part of Newcastle's strong start on their return to the Premier League. His work-rate has been partnered with fantastic delivery from wide areas, with the Scotsman having already racked up four assists so far this season.
His incredible work-rate has been vital in helping out in both attacking and defensive areas down Newcastle's right-hand side, especially when integrating Javier Manquillo into the team for the first few games.