How hard will AFCON hit each Premier League side?

Date published: Thursday 5th January 2017 10:36

Twenty-three players will leave their Premier League clubs for up to five weeks in January and February as they pack their bags for Gabon. Here they are…

 

Arsenal
Mohamed Elneny is Arsenal’s only departee, having received an expected call-up for Egypt. He has 49 caps for his country, and featured in every single minute of their qualifying campaign.

Elneny has played 533 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Bournemouth
The only man leaving Bournemouth will be Max Gradel, he of Ivory Coast fame. He has 49 caps for his country, and scored once in a successful qualifying campaign.

Gradel has played 90 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Burnley
All of Burnley’s players are British. Move along.

 

Chelsea
Nigeria’s inability to qualify means that John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will stay at home for the winter. Antonio Conte will lose no players.

 

Crystal Palace
Sam Allardyce might have hoped that Wilfried Zaha would not switch international allegiance so soon, but he has swapped England for the Ivory Coast, and receives a call-up. Bakary Sako  of Mali will join him in Gabon.

Zaha has played 1,644 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.
Sako has played 59 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Everton
The Toffees could have lost up to four players to AFCON, but Idrissa Gueye is their sole absentee for the winter. Ronald Koeman will be delighted that neither Oumar Niasse nor Arouna Kone were called up.

Gueye has played 1,669 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Hull City
Ahmed Elmohamady did not play a single minute of Egypt’s successful qualifying campaign, but he still receives a call-up. Dieumerci Mbokani of DR Congo will join him.

Elmohamady has played 1,649 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.
Mbokani has played 679 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Leicester
Just when things were looking a little better for the champions. No club loses more than their three players, with Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani receiving Algeria call-ups, and Daniel Amartey joining his Ghana teammates.

Mahrez has played 1,511 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.
Amartey has played 1,375 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.
Slimani has played 907 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Liverpool
The loss of Sadio Mane is a huge one for Liverpool, but the Reds do get to keep Joel Matip.

Mane has played 1,659 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Manchester City
Yaya Toure
‘s international retirement spares Pep Guardiola a painful goodbye. City are one of seven sides to lose no players.

 

Manchester United
Jose Mourinho might not be happy about it, but Eric Bailly will indeed feature for the Ivory Coast in Gabon.

Bailly has played 919 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Middlesbrough
Spain is not in Africa, and so Middlesbrough lose no players. Lucky them.

 

Southampton
For a club who lost Sadio Mane and, even worse, Emmanuel Mayuka at the 2015 edition, Southampton know the bitter feeling of bidding farewell to a player. Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal is the only one to leave this winter.

Boufal has played 625 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Stoke
Stoke lose three players to AFCON, with Wilfried Bony, Mame Biram Diouf and Ramadan Sobhi all enjoying a month-long break from Mark Hughes.

Diouf has played 893 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.
Bony has played 690 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

Sobhi has played 195 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Sunderland
If you thought Sunderland’s squad was a little short now, well… Lamine Kone is off with Senegal; Wahbi Khazri joins Tunisia; Didier Ndong will feature for the host nation. At least Papy Djilobodji is staying.

Kone has played 1,464 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.
Ndong has played 1,306 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.
Khazri has played 451 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

Swansea
Gambia finished bottom of their qualifying group, which means Modou Barrow will have to stay in Wales all year. Poor thing.

 

Tottenham
Kenya finished bottom of their qualifying group, which means Victor Wanyama will have to stay in London all year. Poor thing.

 

Watford
The Hornet lose two players from their bloody huge squad, with Nordin Amrabat and Adlene Guedioura saying their sweet goodbyes.

Amrabat has played 1,408 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.
Guedioura has played 722 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

West Brom
Viva Tony Pulis. West Brom survive the winter with no casualties.

 

West Ham
Not content with losing around 427 players to injury already this season, the Hammers must put up with departures in the new year. Cheikou Kouyate makes the grade for Senegal, while record signing Andre Ayew joins up with Ghana.

Kouyate has played 1,600 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.
Ayew has played 501 Premier League minutes of a possible 1,800 this season.

 

How many Premier League minutes will your club miss during AFCON?
Leicester – 3,793
Sunderland – 3,221
Hull – 2,328
Watford – 2,130
West Ham – 2,001
Stoke – 1,778
Crystal Palace – 1,703
Everton – 1,669
Liverpool – 1,659
Manchester United – 919
Southampton – 625
Arsenal – 533
Bournemouth – 90
Chelsea, Burnley, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Swansea, Tottenham and West Brom – 0

 

Matt Stead

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