With yet another international break under our burgeoning belts, focus is on the return of the Premier League. So how about a feature that makes the transition a little smoother, and combines the best of both worlds?
Here, we rank the top 20 Premier League players by how many minutes they have played in all competitions for both club and country since June 1. Featured in the EFL Cup? Wonderful. Given a minute in a Europa League qualifying play-off? Excellent. Handed a start in the Gold Cup or the European Under-21 Championship? Perfect.
Everton and Tottenham players feature more often than any other club (both 4), while Manchester United (3), Chelsea (2) and Liverpool (2) also feature prominently. Burnley and Brighton have as many players as Arsenal in the top 20.
As an aside, the Premier League player who has played the most minutes for their club in all competitions this season is…Leighton Baines (1170 minutes of a possible 1260). Who the ruddy heck knew?
- Ashley Williams (Everton and Wales) – 1546 minutes of a possible 1710
- Hugo Lloris (Tottenham and France) – 1440/1530
- Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea and Belgium) – 1440/1440
- Chris Wood (Burnley and New Zealand) – 1385/1710
- Jordan Pickford (Everton and England U21s) – 1380/1830
- Mat Ryan (Brighton and Australia) – 1380/1620
- Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham and Belgium) – 1350/1440
- Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham and Belgium) – 1350/1440
- Nemanja Matic (Manchester United and Serbia) – 1337/1440
- Cedric Soares (Southampton and Portugal) – 1331/1710
- Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal and Chile) – 1326/1980
- Harry Kane (Tottenham and England) – 1323/1440
- Jordan Henderson (Liverpool and England) – 1323/1620
- Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool and Netherlands) – 1307/1620
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United and Armenia) – 1296/1530
- Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea and Germany) – 1293/1890
- Idrissa Gueye (Everton and Senegal) – 1281/1620
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton and England U20s/U21s) – 1261/1980
- David de Gea (Manchester United and Spain) – 1260/1530
- Javier Hernandez (West Ham and Mexico) – 1255/1890