Every Premier League club’s most-used Plan B off the bench

Date published: Wednesday 3rd March 2021 7:56 - Ian Watson

Who are the go-to guys off the bench?

 

Arsenal
1) Eddie Nketiah – 11
2) Nicolas Pepe – 8
3) Dani Ceballos – 7

Nketiah has played only 10 minutes since Christmas and hasn’t even made the bench for the last five games. West Ham probably sounds very appealing right now.

 

Aston Villa
1) Trezeguet – 8
2) Jacob Ramsey – 8
3) Bertrand Traore – 7

A head injury derailed Trezeguet’s season at the end of November. Prior to that, he had started all but one of Villa’s first 10 games. Since his return, he has been restricted to the bench, though the Egyptian winger has seen action in seven out of eight of those matches.

 

Brighton
1) Adam Lallana – 10
2) Alireza Jahanbakhsh – 10
3) Pascal Gross – 7

Lallana has made 10 starts but the former Liverpool playmaker has been restricted to bench duty throughout 2021.

 

Burnley
1) Matej Vydra – 10
2) Jay Rodriguez – 9
3) Erik Pieters – 6

Vydra seems to have elevated himself in the Burnley reckoning; he has started the last five games for which he has been available. The forward is still without a Premier League goal or assist in over a year, though.

 

Chelsea
1) Callum Hudson-Odoi – 9
2) Tammy Abraham – 8
3) Christian Pulisic – 7

Abraham didn’t even make the bench when Man Utd went to Stamford Bridge. Ta-ra, Tammy?

 

Crystal Palace
1) Jairo Riedewald – 11
2) Michy Bathuayi 9
3) Christian Benteke – 9

Just two goals and no assists off the bench between Palace’s £60million strike pair.

 

Everton
1) Alex Iwobi – 10
2) Gylfi Sigurdsson – 9
3) Andre Gomes – 8

Just the £100million of talent being dispatched most regularly from Carlo Ancelotti’s bench.

 


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Fulham
1) Aleksandar Mitrovic – 9
2) Mario Lemina – 9
3) Aboubakar Kamara – 9

Prior to the start of the season, few would have expected Mitrovic to spend so much time on the bench. But the striker has scored in only one Premier League game this term – a brace in a 4-3 defeat at Leeds in September.

 

Leeds United
1) Pablo Hernandez – 11
2) Tyler Roberts – 10
3) Ian Poveda – 10

El Mago did more than most to get Leeds into the Premier League but the 35-year-old has managed only two starts, the last of which came four months ago.

 

Leicester
1) Kelechi Iheanacho – 8
2) Cengiz Under – 8
3) Marc Albrighton – 7

“He’s still a very important player for us and this second part of the season, I think we’ll see that,” said Brendan of Under. Since then, the Roma loanee has spent all but the 39 minutes he was given against Arsenal on the bench.

 

Liverpool
1) James Milner – 10
2) Curtis Jones – 8
3) Divock Origi – 7

No goals or assists this season for Origi but only one of his seven substitute appearances has lasted for longer than six minutes.

 

Manchester City
1) Phil Foden – 7
2) Ferran Torres – 6
3) Fernandinho – 6

No manager has made fewer changes than the 52 substitutes chucked on by Pep Guardiola this season.

 

Manchester United
1) Donny van de Beek – 11
2) Edinson Cavani – 9
3) Mason Greenwood – 6

Three goals – a Premier League high – and two assists for Cavani as a sub this season. He’s too good for the bench.

 


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Newcastle
1) Andy Carroll – 10
2) Ryan Fraser – 9
3) Dwight Gayle – 8

Two goals from these 27 attacking substitutions made by Steve Bruce.

 

Sheffield United
1) Rhian Brewster – 11
2) Billy Sharp – 8
3) Oliver McBurnie – 8

Perhaps unsurprisingly as a manager of a club who have spent as much of the season chasing deficits as the Blades, all four of Chris Wilder’s most used substitutes are centre-forwards.

 

Southampton
1) Dan N’Lundulu – 11
2) Shane Long – 10
3) Nathan Redmond – 8

No goals or assists this season in 21 sub appearances for centre-forwards N’Lundulu and Long. But Long has already notched twice in five appearances on loan at Bournemouth.

 

Tottenham
1) Lucas Moura – 12
2) Erik Lamela – 9
3) Giovani Lo Celso – 7

Lucas Moura and Lo Celso also featured among Spurs’ most-used substitutes last season. Dele Alli can only dream…

 

West Brom
1) Matt Phillips – 11
2) Hal Robson-Kanu – 10
3) Callum Robinson – 6

Allardyce’s appointment was good news for someone. Phillips started the first 10 games of the season on the bench under Slaven Bilic but Big Sam gave him the armband in three of his first four games.

 

West Ham
1) Andriy Yarmolenko – 13
2) Mark Noble – 11
3) Said Benrahma – 9

Benrahma has offered more assists off the bench this season than any other Premier League substitute.

 

Wolves
1) Fábio Silva – 15
2) Vitinha – 8
3) Adama Traore – 10

Wolves’ record signing is the most-used substitute in the Premier League this season.

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