A selection of Emirates, Eastlands, Old Trafford, White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge talent that can’t get a game.
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Some appear to believe that the Premier League is losing it’s status as the home of the most talented footballers in the world to the likes of La Liga or even the Bundesliga but a little foray around the English top tiers benches will tell you a different story. World Class players who just can not seem to get regular first team football due to the astonishing talent ahead of them in the pecking order. Here are ten such players.
Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea)
Went from cameo roles, sitting on the bench and waiting for injuries at Anfield to doing much the same job at Chelsea. A player who makes things happen. Also a trier who gives 100% every minute of a game.
Robbie Keane (Tottenham)
Great strike record but can’t seem to buy a first team spot under Harry Redknapp.
Shay Given (Manchester City)
Joe Hart has forced arguably one of the best keepers in the Premier League to sit it out. Doesn’t even get a game in the Europa League. Definitely the best bench warming custodian.
Carlos Vela (Arsenal)
A talented Mexican who has a penchant for tasty tricks. Would be a regular at most other major European clubs, quality player to bring on to finish off the opposition.
Salomon Kalou (Chelsea)
One of those players who is infinitely more effective off the bench than in a starting eleven. Managed two goals in a twenty minute spell at Wigan and is also a great player to have in case of injuries.
Adam Johnson (Manchester City)
Clearly the England man won’t be a sub for much longer but right now he is being incredibly useful for Roberto Mancini in short cameo spells.
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
Another youngster who is waiting for his chance to land a regular starting spot which is currently being occupied by Gael Clichy. The England international has managed just one Premier League start thus far this season. Expect situation to change soon enough.
Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham)
Silky skills and great footballing brain but can’t seem to get more action at White Hart Lane, leaving some to believe he will leave Spurs in January.
Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
A hugely talented youngster who will be used sparingly for this season. The Mexican international is primed and ready to strike. Did just that after coming off the bench and scoring eight minutes later to secure three vital Champions League points at the Mestalla.
Yuri Zhirkov (Chelsea)
You have to feel for Yuri. It’s not often a player is purchased for £18m just to sit back and wait on the bench. For the record the former CSKA Moscow man has started just ten games since he moved to the club over a year ago and has another ten appearances from the bench.