So it’s five substitutions per team from next season in the Premier League. Sure, it might be yet another small but significant shift towards making everything favour the bigger sides, but on the other hand… QUINTUPLE SUBSTITUTIONS! Yeah, it’s totally worth it.
We do enjoy that the decision that three wasn’t quite enough substitutes has led the Premier League to jump straight to five which most people think is too many while apparently refusing to acknowledge the existence of a number between those two. Anyway, that’s enough of that. These are the top 10 lads who should be even more worried now substitutions are going to be more of a thing. Because these are the top 10 most substituted players in the Premier League this season…
10. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – 14
The 30-year-old is on a fine run currently, his minutes in his last eight Premier League games reading: 78, 80, 88, 80, 90, 84, 81 and 90.
9. Armando Broja (Southampton) – 14
Eight players have actually been substituted 14 times this Premier League season but Demarai Gray, Joe Willock and Diogo Jota all miss out for having made more starts, with 21 each. Broja, however, has crammed his six goals and many impressive appearances into 17 starts.
Ralph Hasenhuttl on Broja: “When you come in as a new player and perhaps surprise everybody with the qualities that you have, the Premier League is not stupid, they [other clubs and their players] look at you and they know quickly what your qualities are.”
— Vince (@Blue_Footy) April 1, 2022
8. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 14
Hands up, and be honest, if you’re startled to discover Cleverley has played often enough to even pick up 14 substitutions this season. Come off it. Liars. Fourteen substitutions from 17 starts is certainly efficient if nothing else.
7. Hwang hee-chan (Wolves) – 14
Has been on the field for the first and last whistles of just two of Wolves’ 30 Premier League games this season – a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace and 1-1 draw against Leeds.
6. Francisco Trincao (Wolves) – 14
Twenty-three appearances, 15 starts, eight substitute appearances and 14 times subbed off. Trincao only completed the full 90 in a September defeat to Brentford.
5. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – 15
A lot of substitutions, a lot of starts, a lot of goals, a lot of assists, a lot of just plain loveliness.
4. Mateusz Klich (Leeds) – 15
Leeds feel nailed on for this kind of feature but the only other Whites player to be substituted more than nine times this season is Jack Harrison, with 11.
3. Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa) – 15
Fun first Premier League season at Villa for the former Norwich man. He’s had 19 starts, been subbed off in all but four of them, been on the bench for a further nine games and been subbed on in all but two of those, sat on the bench unused for another couple of games and missed out altogether just the once against Chelsea back in September. All that musical chairs has brought him two goals.
2. Sergi Canos (Brentford) – 16
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1. Said Benrahma (West Ham) – 18
Played the full 90 of West Ham’s most recent game – the 3-1 defeat at Spurs – which was the first time he’d done that since facing his former team Brentford in October. He’s only played four full 90s, but is also the absolute king of late substitutions. Half his 18 hauling offs have come in the final 10 minutes, seven of those in the last three minutes.
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