The 2500-minuters: Every Premier League club’s weariest souls

Will Ford
Rudiger Silva Mendy Chelsea

Simple one, this. How many Premier League players have racked up more than 2500 minutes of first-team football this season?

We did the 1000-minuters back in November, if you’re interested.


Manchester City – 11
Joao Cancelo (3782), Ederson (3583), Bernardo Silva (3300), Rodri (3135), Aymeric Laporte (2976), Ruben Dias (2811), Kevin De Bruyne (2676), Raheem Sterling (2567), Kyle Walker (2576), Ilkay Gundogan (2558), Phil Foden (2516)

You would have got pretty long odds on Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte being in the top five of Pep Guardiola’s most-used players this season given they both reportedly had their hearts set on leaving the club last summer. But that’s what Pep does; just when a player is about to up sticks, back they come into the fold.


Liverpool – 10
Alisson (3780), Virgil van Dijk (3720), Trent Alexander-Arnold (3314), Mohamed Salah (3284), Jordan Henderson (3155), Joel Matip (3136), Andrew Robertson (3118), Fabinho (3023), Sadio Mane (2994), Diogo Jota (2937)

The 11th most-used player is Ibrahima Konate on just 1738 minutes. Jurgen Klopp loves to complain about how tired his players are due to factors beyond his control, but he is in control of how much he plays them and he’s really flogging that top ten.


West Ham – 9
Tomas Soucek (3764), Declan Rice (3764), Craig Dawson (3603), Jarrod Bowen (3443), Michail Antonio (3412), Pablo Fornals (3149), Aaron Cresswell (2927), Lukasz Fabianski (2880), Said Benrahma (2581)

Their Europa League exploits have caught up with them a bit in the Premier League and whether they manage to keep Declan Rice or not, they really need another midfielder or two fit for purpose.


Chelsea – 9
Antonio Rudiger (4290), Edouard Mendy (3629), Thiago Silva (3265), Mason Mount (3049), Cesar Azpilicueta (2985), Jorginho (2960), Marcos Alonso (2839), Kai Havertz (2798), Mateo Kovacic (2645).

Thomas Tuchel has shuffled his pack pretty well given Chelsea have played every game in every competition available to them so far this season, including the Club World Cup. Only three players have played over 2000 minutes in the Premier League, the third fewest of any club. That said, Rudiger is an absolute machine and that’s a hell of a lot of minutes for a 37-year-old.


Leicester – 8
Kasper Schmeichel (3780), Caglar Soyuncu (3322), Youri Tielemans (3186), James Maddison (2793), Harvey Barnes (2655), Daniel Amartey (2599), Wilfed Ndidi (2585), Luke Thomas (2546)

You’ve got to wonder whether Leicester would have taken a run in the Europa Conference League if they knew they would finish ninth at best in the Premier League this season. The European dalliance certainly hasn’t helped them in the league, nor has Jamie Vardy missing half of the games.


Wolves – 6
Conor Coady (3219), Max Kilman (3049), Jose Sa (2880), Joao Moutinho (2671), Romain Saiss (2559),  Ruben Neves (2534)

The 12 minutes Conor Coady has missed in the Premier League this term takes his tally of time off in the four seasons Wolves have been back in the top flight to 138. That’s 138 minutes out of 13,680, and 90 of those were due to quarantine.


Tottenham – 6
Harry Kane (3620), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (3356), Hugo Lloris (3270), Ben Davies (3149), Son Heung-min (2924), Eric Dier (2868)

Captain Lloris has played every Premier League minute, while Kane has played all but 26 minutes since the first two games of the season, when his head was in Manchester.


Brentford – 5
Pontus Jansson (2962), Ethan Pinnock (2946), Christian Norgaard (2860), Ivan Toney (2580), Bryan Mbuemo (2539)

There’s a spine here that Thomas Frank clearly favours, with Jansson and Pinnock at the back, Norgaard in front of them, and the excellent tandem of Toney and Mbuemo causing mayhem up top.


Brighton – 5
Robert Sanchez (2700), Marc Cucurella (2462), Leandro Trossard (2373), Joel Veltman (2251), Neal Maupay (2126)

Cucurella has started every game for Brighton since joining the club at the end of August. A brilliant signing.


Manchester United – 5
David de Gea (3510), Bruno Fernandes (3237), Harry Maguire (2879), Cristiano Ronaldo (2741), Scott McTominay (2551)

Ronaldo’s number of Premier League minutes (2009) also happens to be the year he left for Real Madrid. Does that mean he needs 13 more minutes and he’ll leave again?

Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo limps off the pitch


Aston Villa – 4
Matthew Cash (2917), Emiliano Martinez (2790), Tyrone Mings (2648), John McGinn (2553)

Marvelous Nakamba is the fourth central midfielder on the list after McGinn, Luiz (2269) and Ramsey (2205), and has played just 758 minutes, suggesting that’s an area in real need of reinforcement this summer.


Crystal Palace – 4
Marc Guehi (3150), Tyrick Mitchell (2986), Conor Gallagher (2711), Joachim Andersen (2645)

Three of the four were new additions in the summer but perhaps more surprising is Joel Ward’s proximity to the group on 2392 minutes. He not only survived the cull but has played a big part in Patrick Vieira’s new dawn at Palace.


Arsenal – 4
Ben White (2918), Bukayo Saka (2692), Aaron Ramsdale (2610), Gabriel (2575).

Three of the four were signed by Mikel Arteta, while Saka had started just three Premier League games before the Spaniard took charge. Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey, also both Arteta signings, are his fifth and sixth most-used players.


Norwich – 4
Kenny McLean (2783), Teemu Pukki (2781), Ben Gibson (2585), Grant Hanley (2539)

It’s no surprise to see Pukki up there as Norwich would have been down by Christmas without him. The striker has scored half of the Premier League goals scored by Norwich players, with own goals tied for second on two with Josh Sargent.


Burnley – 4
Nick Pope (2790), James Tarkowski (2700), Dwight McNeil (2587), Josh Brownhill (2550)

The top three are probably the three most likely to get Premier League moves should Burnley go down, though Maxwel Cornet (1434) is in with a shout.


Southampton – 3
James Ward-Prowse (3151), Mohammed Salisu (2822), Oriol Romeu (2794)

A central midfielder has got to be on the transfer wishlist. They may then avoid their annual humping.


Everton – 2
Michael Keane (2879), Jordan Pickford (2700)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has only just reached the 1000-minute mark and, and although there are huge problems beyond that, his absence has been a killer for Everton.


Leeds – 2
Illan Meslier (3235), Stuart Dallas (3041)

Raphinha (2468) and Daniel James (2433) just missed the cut, but still, Meslier and Dallas are a long way ahead.


Watford – 1
Moussa Sissoko (2681)

Despite almost certainly going down, Watford did pull off one of the signings of the season in Emmanuel Dennis, who just missed out with 2301 minutes this season. 160 minutes per goal or assist is really good, but not as good as a nutmeg every 112 minutes. He will surely be a Premier League player next season.


Newcastle – 0
Player with most minutes – Allan Saint-Maximin (2330).

Knocked out in the first round of both cups, they were always going to struggle to meet the mark. Saint-Maximin started every Premier League game up to the middle of February, but just two of the last eight. Eddie Howe doesn’t seem entirely convinced his best player makes Newcastle the best team.