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Marathon Man Walters tops consecutive starts

Marathon Man Walters tops consecutive starts

'Marathon man` Jonathan Walters has topped the league for the current most consecutive Premier League starts made by an outfield player.

The Republic of Ireland international has made 60 consecutive Premier League starts since his transfer from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2010.

The Merseyside born player has been ever present since Pulis purchased him, and has scored 14 league goals for the Potters.

One of the main reasons Walters has managed to notch up so many appearances is his willingness to be versatile.

Walters told Sky Sport`s Goals on Sunday: "I will play anywhere."

The striker come midfielder is fourth in the list including Goalkeepers behind Everton`s Tim Howard, Manchester City`s Joe Hart and Wigan`s Ali Al-Habsi.

Current most consecutive Premier League starts:
Howard 191 appearances
Hart 89 appearances
Al Habsi 64 appearances
Walters 60 appearances

Walters is some way behind the record for an outfield player, as Frank Lampard made 164 consecutive Premier League starts for Chelsea, so the 29-year-old will have to start consecutively deep into the 2014/15 season to beat the England international`s record.

If Walters wanted to beat the all-time record then it would be a mammoth task to beat the current record held by Tottenham Hotspur`s goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who finally sat out a game early this month after 310 consecutive starts.

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Writer:Lloyd Reddin
Date:Monday October 29 2012
Time: 1:39PM

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