‘A nice weapon’ – Micky van de Ven finally reacts to breaking the Premier League pace record

Micky van de Ven has insisted that he is not overly fussed about the stat that has been doing the rounds in the British press recently of him breaking the Premier League record for the fastest-recorded player.

The Tottenham centre-back was clocked at a pace of 37.38 km/h recently, which is the highest number ever posted since they began recording the stat a few years ago (Sky Sports).

The Dutchman overtook the previous record which had been set by Manchester City speed demon Kyle Walker, which is no easy feat.

Ange Postecoglou was not overly surprised to hear about the record, stating in his press conference last week that Tottenham were well aware of the pace that the 22-year-old possessed when they signed him (Football.London).

Much to the delight of Spurs fans, the Australian suggested that there is a lot more to come from the defender as he gets more experience of Premier League football under his belt.

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Micky Van de Ven is more than just raw pace

Van de Ven has now insisted that while it is a nice record to have, he is not particularly concerned about it.

When he was asked about beating Kyle Walker’s previous record, the Tottenham centre-back told Algemeen Dagblad: “I knew I was fast. At Wolfsburg, my previous club, I also set a nice pace. It’s certainly a nice statistic. It immediately went viral. I expect that the equipment in the Premier League will be good.

“If you see how good the technology is, I assume that it is reasonably correct. Whether it is completely accurate, you dare, I don’t have to say. It’s just a nice weapon to have, but I’m not concerned with it at all.”

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One of the reasons I am always sceptical about comparing players based on pace statistics in football is because of the fact that it changes drastically depending on the distances measured.

Some players are extremely quick off the block in the first five meters, which gives them a unique advantage while taking players on but they might not necessarily be quick over longer distances.

Others like Van de Ven and Walker may not be much quicker than others off the block but they gather pace as they go through the gears and are rapid over a 20 to 50 meter distance.

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