Big six’s international workload: Spurs stars kept busiest

Date published: Thursday 29th March 2018 12:58

Following the last internationals to be played before the end of the Premier League season, we can finally assess the workload of the Premier League’s big-hitters on international duty…

Tottenham’s squad have been the most heavily employed on the international scene since clubs resumed pre-season training in July. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have played 2,420 minutes more for their nations than Chelsea – the equivalent of almost 27 matches more added to their collective schedule.

Man City have had most players represent their countries at senior level this term, with only Aymeric Laporte and the injured Benjamin Mendy not to have played any international minutes this season. In contrast, Arsenal and Chelsea both have seven players who have not played for their countries.


 

Premier League big six clubs to have contributed the highest total of international minutes: 

1. Tottenham – 6,353 minutes

  1. Christian Eriksen (Denmark) – 668 minutes
  2. Ben Davies (Wales) – 628 minutes
  3. Hugo Lloris (France), Jan Vertonghen (Belgium), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast) – 540 minutes

 

2. Manchester City – 5,937 minutes

  1. Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina) – 720 minutes
  2. Kyle Walker (England) – 559 minutes
  3. Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) – 528 minutes

 

3. Manchester United – 5,117 minutes

  1. David De Gea (Spain) – 540 minutes
  2. Matteo Darmian (Italy) – 483 minutes
  3. Nemanja Matic (Serbia) – 479 minutes

 

4. Arsenal – 4,750 minutes

  1. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) – 693 minutes
  2. Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) – 540 minutes
  3. Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia) – 482 minutes

 

5. Liverpool – 4,135 minutes

  1. Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland) – 589 minutes
  2. Jordan Henderson (England) – 467 minutes
  3. Virgil van Dijk (Holland) – 450 minutes

 

6. Chelsea – 3,933 minutes

  1. Willian (Brazil) – 465 minutes
  2. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) – 450 minutes
  3. Antonio Rudiger (Germany) – 412 minutes

 

Premier League big six – most international minutes played: 

  1. Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina) – 720 minutes
  2. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) 693 minutes
  3. Christian Eriksen (Denmark) – 668 minutes
  4. Ben Davies (Wales) – 628 minutes
  5. Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland) – 589 minutes
  6. Kyle Walker (England) – 559 minutes
  7. David De Gea (Spain), Hugo Lloris (France), Jan Vertonghen (Belgium), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) – 540 minutes
  8. Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) – 528 minutes
  9. Davinson Sanchez (Colombia) – 521 minutes
  10. Heung-Min Son (South Korea) – 519 minutes
  11. Matteo Darmian (Italy) – 483 minutes
  12. Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia) – 482 minutes
  13. Nemanja Matic (Serbia) – 479 minutes
  14. David Silva (Spain) – 471 minutes
  15. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Jordan Henderson (England) – 467 minutes
  16. Eric Dier (England) – 451 minutes
  17. David Ospina (Colombia), Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld (Belgium), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Virgil van Dijk (Holland) – 450 minutes
  18. Bernardo Silva (Portugal) – 449 minutes
  19. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 445 minutes
  20. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) – 429 minutes

 


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