There are important players and indispensable players: the difference is that some time coaches decide to put on the bench the former but never the latter. Very often it is based on the crucial role of a specific player and his performances. Some other times, a couch is particularly fond of a player or due to other players’ injuries, there are no replacements.
In any event, let’s find out those players who played the most in the Premier League so far, excluding the goalkeepers.
Among the workaholics, we have Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson, two key elements of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Egyptian striker is also the top scorer of the tournament with 8 goals. Declan Rice is another indispensable player for West Ham. So far, Rice has been an example of perseverance and sacrifice in the middle of the field. Not only Rice has been appointed deputy captain in Noble’s absence, but now he is also recognized as a leader in the West Ham’s locker room, despite his young age.
Wilfried Zaha and Raul Jimenez are two players of great importance for Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton respectively. Both forwards are prolific scorers having scored 5 and 4 goals respectively so far in the EPL. Hard to let them sit on the bench. Also Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is irreplaceable. Arrived at Tottenham last August, the Danish midfielder was immediately part of the tactical schemes of Mourinho’s team. Together with Sissoko, Hojbjerg is a solid pillar of the midfield of Tottenham and we do not see the Special One to having him on the bench any time soon.
Luke Ayling, the right full-back of Leeds, is another indispensable player fully integrated in Bielsa’s tactic. Unlike last year, when Ayling was mainly focus on the offensive phase, this year Bielsa prefers him to play closer to the defensive line of Leeds. Ancelotti seems to be in love with Michael Keane, center-back of Everton. The 27 years old British defender did not miss a match this season so far unlike his defensive partner who is often rotating. Keane has shown to play beside different partners and to adapt to Ancelotti’s strategy since day 1. The captain of Southampton is another workaholic of the English Premier League. Ralph Hasenhuttl has always deploy him for the EPL games and, so far, James Ward-Prowse has not under-performed.
Those are the players who played the most in Premier League so far performing particularly well. The list could have been much longer including, for example Youri Tielemans (Leicester) and Héctor Bellerin (Arsenal).