Arsenal full-back, Hector Bellerín, has emerged as one of the club’s most important players in recent weeks, as his blistering pace has been matched by his textbook technique.
It was probably though that if Arsenal were to lose their first-choice right-back, Mathieu Debuchy, Arsene Wenger would employ Callum Chambers in that role - but after many opportunities in the first-team, the Englishman was dropped and in came the young Spaniard.
It has been reported that over 40 metres, Bellerín is quicker than the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and that the former Barcelona youth product would beat the Jamaican in a short sprint.
The Spaniard beat the club’s record over 40m recently, making him quicker than Thierry Henry and Theo Walcott, and here’s what Daily Express reported:
“Theo Walcott had already knocked the original mark, Thierry Henry's 4.82s in 2003, to 4.42s and to everybody's surprise the full-back loaned out to Watford last season shaved a further 1/100th of a second off the mark.
“To put that into context, if Bellerín had been lined up next to Usain Bolt in 2009 when he set the current world record of 9.58s for the 100m, at the 40m mark the Arsenal man would have been two metres in front of the Jamaican, whose IAAF split time was only 4.64s.”
The youngster turned 20 years old last month, and has started 21 games this season for Arsenal. His excellent form has already seen him linked with a move back to Barcelona.
Did you know that Bellerín was that quick?