Arsenal, Man United, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool Subs Make the Grade
These guys could walk into most teams but for some reason find themselves having to sit next to physio and sub keeper every damn week!
Roman Pavlyuchenko (Tottenham)
Russian ace can’t seem to crack the first team picture but that’s not due any lack of ability, remember this was the man who lit up the European Championships just over a year ago.
Joe Cole (Chelsea)
Back from long term injury and itching to get back in the first team but is finding that easier said than done even though he could walk into just about any other team in the top four.
Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool)
Only Rafa Benitez could explain why the Israeli international only warrants a place when someone else is injured. The wily midfielder is adaptable and always a threat when he is picked but for some reason will find himself on the bench when everyone is fit and well at Anfield.
Roque Santa Cruz (Man City)
The former Blackburn Rovers man was always going to struggle to get a game at Eastlands and Mark Hughes was very wise to buy the Paraguayan before he signed Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque can’t have been pleased to see them arrive just as he was getting excited about playing for the club!
Marton Fulop (Sunderland)
Manged to keep Craig Gordon out of the Black Cats line up for some time with some fine performances, but now Steve Bruce seems to see the Scottish international as his number one leaving the Hungarian to wonder what might have been.
Michael Owen (Man United)
Say what you want about Mickey Owen, he knows where the back of the net is and so as long as you only need him for 15 minute stretches he can be lethal. Could become crucial as the season wears on but Sir Alex is wise enough to know not to allow the former Liverpool man to start a match as to do so would almost certainly end in the player spending three months on the sidelines.
Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal)
In many ways the perfect sub. The Ivorian can play in a number of positions and is pretty useful for 20 minute spells and whats more, he seems to have no qualms about remaining a utility player and as such Arsene Wenger can gladly bring him on as sub 20-30 times a season without fear of angering the player or shaking his confidence.
Tuncay (Stoke City)
Was purchased from Middlesbrough as the transfer window ticked down and I am sure the Turkish international thought he would be a first team regular but the season has started almost too well for Stoke City leaving the attacker sitting on the bench. He is of course not happy about it, but it does show just how well Tony Pulis is doing when he can leave a player of such quality to stew with the other subs.
Erik Nevland (Fulham)
By no means an ace goalscorer and kind of an average version of Ole Gunnar Solskjær the Fulham striker knows where the back of the net is but oddly enough only seems to locate it when he is coming off from the bench.
Salomon Kalou (Chelsea)
A player who is clearly not good enough to get a string of first team starts but is damn effective when needed, the Chelsea man has come on as sub for the club an amazing 67 times in the last three years so clearly doesn’t mind playing second or third fiddle.