Premier League is no doubt the most competitive football league in the World. The story is the same when it comes to competition for places in the team. The level is so high that Coaches only select the very best every weekend. For some, the situation is now more serious than we earlier thought. It becomes a concern when a player like Yaya Toure spends more time on the bench than on the pitch. Bwin has released Time on the bench data and some players will not want to see the results. Take a look at 10 biggest benchwarmers in English top flight this season.
10. Yaya Toure- 1 day, 8 hours, 47 minutes
— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) March 14, 2018
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has never had a good relationship with Yaya Toure. The Spaniard sold the former Ivory Coast international to City when he took over at Barcelona in 2008. The problems continued when the two were reunited at Etihad. However, they solved their differences but the player continues to suffer on the bench. The 34-year-old is 10th most benched player in England. He has spent 1 day, 8 hours and 47 minutes waiting for a chance to play.
9. Luciano Narsingh – 1 day, 8 hours, 49 minutes
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Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal has played Luciano Narsingh in FA Cup this season. However, the 27-year-old Dutch International has found it hard to make the cut in Premier League. He has been waiting on the bench for 1 day, 8 hours, 49 minutes to get a chance to play.
8. Kevin Long- 1 day, 9 hours, 0 minutes
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Burnley is enjoying their best Premier League campaign in decades. The club is normally fighting for survival in this time of the season but now they are looking at getting a Europa League spot. It, therefore, easy for anybody to think all players are happy. However, Kevin Long might not be happy given he has been forced to sit on the bench for 1 day, 9 hours to get a chance to play. Sean Dyche must need to give him a chance to impress in the last few matches.
7. James McClean- 1 day, 9 hours, 9 minutes
West Brom is going down this season and James McClean will not take any responsibility for the drop. This is because Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew did not give him a chance to contribute. The midfielder has been forced to sit on the bench for 1 day, 9 hours, 9 minutes to play.
6. Lys Mousset- 1 day, 9 hours, 44 minutes
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe now knows what 22-year-old French forward Lys Mousset can do if given a chance to play more often. This is because last weekend, the young attacker came from the bench to equalize against Crystal Palace. This season, he has spent 1 day, 9 hours, 44 minutes on the bench.
5. Fernando Llorente- 1 day, 9 hours, 44 minutes
Fernando Llorente had a chance to sign for Chelsea last summer on deadline day but he chose to join Tottenham Hotspurs. The Spanish forward has struggled to get playtime for obvious reasons. It is difficult to compete with a prolific striker like Harry Kane. He has played in Cup competitions like FA Cup but in general, he has warmed the bench for 1 day, 9 hours, 44 minutes.
4. Connor Goldson- 1 day, 10 hours, 30 minutes
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Brighton defender Connor Goldson has found it difficult to compete with Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. Chris Hughton knows the center back needs playtime but in such a crucial period of the season. No risk can be taken. He has been forced to wait for 1 day, 10 hours, 30 minutes to get a chance to play.
3. Charlie Adam- 1 day, 12 hours, 39 minutes
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Stoke City holding midfielder Charlie Adam career has been going down and down every season. When he played for Blackpool, Sir Alex Ferguson once said his free-kicks were worth millions. He joined Liverpool and things started going bad. Mark Hughes gave him a chance but he continues to struggle. In total, he has spent a total of 1 day, 12 hours, 39 minutes on the bench.
2. Dominic Solanke- 1 day, 12 hours, 54 minutes
Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke is certainly asking himself why he ditched Chelsea last summer. The young forward won Golden Ball award last summer when he helped England U-20 team lift the World Cup. He switched to Anfield but Jurgen Klopp was not too excited after all. He has been forced to wait for 1 day, 12 hours, 54 minutes to get a chance to play. Last weekend, he was given a chance against Everton but the rust could be seen all over his touches.
1. Ashley Westwood- 1 day, 14 hours, 19 minutes
Sean Dyche will have to talk to some of his players sooner rather than later because all are not happy despite a great campaign this season. Burnley is currently 7th on the table with 49 points, five behind Arsenal as they continue to push for a Europa League spot. However, the likes of Ashley Westwood who have been forced to sit on the bench for 1 day, 14 hours, 19 minutes will feel they deserved more minutes on the pitch.