Forgotten ones: Every PL player yet to make a matchday squad

Date published: Tuesday 4th September 2018 6:36

Which players have failed to make the matchday squads for their Premier League clubs so far this season, despite being fit and (just about) able? As that implies, those with injuries and suspensions are not included…


Emiliano Martínez – Promoted to third-choice keeper by David Ospina buggering off but still waiting for another keeper to get crocked before he gets to sit on the bench.
Carl Jenkinson – Was allowed to leave in the summer but didn’t bother. So he’ll hang around until at least January. Currently injured.
Konstantinos Mavropanos – Arsenal aren’t flush for centre-backs but the Greek defender signed in January is still sat in the stands.


Jack Simpson – Eddie Howe said he was “reluctant” to lose Jack Simpson to Rangers in the summer as he has “a streamlined squad”. Not streamlined enough to allow the young defender a spot on the bench in the opening four matches.
Marc Pugh – Bournemouth’s longest-serving player has still played more games for the club in League One (123) and the Championship (84) than in the Premier League (67).


Jason Steele – Swapped Sunderland’s bench for the AmEx stand. Meh.
Ezequiel Schelotto –  After missing the first three, he failed to make just one of the 35 matchday squads last season. Things haven’t been quite so rosy this time around.
Florin Andone – Not involved yet because Glenn Murray scores all the goals.


Anders Lindegaard – Bumped up to third choice by Nick Pope’s injury.
Adam Legzdins – The lesser-spotted example of a fifth-choice goalkeeper.


Matthew Connolly – Had a beast when he was given some Carabao Cup action and promptly returned to the stands when Arsenal came to town.
Loïc Damour – He had a shocker against Norwich too.
Lee Tomlin – Did you really think Lee Tomlin was going to play in the Premier League?
Anthony Pilkington – Or Anthony Pilkington? Neither were named in Neil Warnock’s 25-man squad.
Ibrahim Meite – He’s even further off the first-team.


Rob Green – No danger yet of having to get his gloves dirty. Which he’s probably rather chuffed about.
Emerson – Why did Chelsea sign him?
Gary Cahill – Didn’t fancy a loan move to Galatasaray but Sarri doesn’t fancy him either.
Ethan Ampadu – Even a Carabao Cup start looks less likely for the youngster now Chelsea have gone and drawn Liverpool.
Lucas Piazón – Wasn’t one of the 40 players loaned out during the summer. Presumably Chelsea just forgot they have him.


Julián Speroni – Now the Premier League’s longest-serving current player even if he is ‘serving’ as third-choice keeper.
Jonathan Williams – Had a decent pre-season and featured in the Carabao Cup. This is as close as he’s been for a while…
Sullay Kaikai – Roy Hodgson was ‘more than happy’ to keep Kaikai in the face of loan offers. Not happy enough to use him, mind.


Mateusz Hewelt – A keeper, apparently.
Brendan Galloway – No loan and not much hope.



Luca de la Torre – There will probably no sign of the American until the Carabao Cup trip to Millwall later this month.


Juninho Bacuna – Was given a run out in the Carabao Cup. It did not go well.
Collin Quaner – As above. Without the 40-yard own-goal.


Eldin Jakupovic – He was really good that one year.
Caglar Soyuncu – Being eased in gently.
Danny Simpson – Out of the picture because of Ricardo Pereira and Daniel Amartey.
Yohan Benalouane – Still ruing the fact he was once one appearance away from claiming a Premier League winner’s medal.
Andy King – Prospects appear no more positive than when he was sent to Swansea last season.
Hamza Choudhury – Not at risk of being omitted from Claude Puel’s 25-man squad, but seemingly not in danger of seeing any action very soon either.
Fousseni Diabaté – His chance will come. You would think.


Divock Origi – Opted to stay at Anfield to fight for his place. Good luck with that.
Dominic Solanke – Pissing into the same gust as Origi.
Lazar Markovic – Anderlecht wouldn’t pay him what he wanted so he’s getting under Jurgen Klopp’s feet for a few more months.


Eliaquim Mangala – Take the hint, Eliaquim.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Turned down a couple of moves. But why?
Brahim Díaz – Enjoyed a productive pre-season tour to USA and stayed hoping for more action. Wrong move.


Sergio Romero – Spent the Burnley game in the away end at Turf Moor. Lee bloody Grant…


Rob Elliot – Third-choice keeper.
Freddie Woodman – Fourth-choice keeper. Why the hell did he not go out on loan?
Achraf Lazaar – Newcastle are desperately short of left-backs, but apparently not THAT short.
Rolando AaronsWe did say.


Fraser Forster – Rooted. Which is ironic.


Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – Couldn’t get in the Burnley team last season. So…


Pontus Dahlberg – Third-choice keeper.
Miguel Britos – Watford extended his contract at the end of last season but it isn’t evident why yet.
Marvin Zeegelaar – Couldn’t pick him out of a line-up if he was even anywhere near one.
Marc Navarro – Will eventually play after his “mystifying” sale.
Stefano Okaka – Working his way back to fitness.
Adalberto Peñaranda – Watford are still working on a work permit.


Reece Oxford – Going nowhere too fast.


Will Norris – Third-choice keeper.
Leander Dendoncker – Come on, Nuno. Give him a chance.

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