Don’t wait around for updates – sign up for our daily football email newsletter today!
Life as a Premier League footballer should be full of glitz, glamour and goals, but for these unlucky saps it's anything but at the moment.
With fixture congestion worse than ever this season thanks to disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis, having a large squad is no longer just a luxury, it's a necessity.
Every top flight club has had to be a little cautious and keep hold of players who would have otherwise been sold or loaned out to get desperately-needed minutes under their belt.
Though what this has inevitably led to is a bunch of familiar faces getting forgotten about like a 10p coin down the back of a sofa.
With that in mind, here are 15 forgotten stars who haven't played a single minute of Premier League football this season.
Scott Carson – Man City
It's funny how many people need reminding that not only is Scott Carson still playing, but that he plays for the Premier League champions.
Now, no one expects him to be challenging Ederson for a spot in the first team or anything, but one appearance in two-and-a-half season at Manchester City makes for depressing reading.
It's the life of a third-choice goalkeeper, I suppose.
Which of these 15 forgotten stars deserves a Premier League appearance the most? Let us know in the comments section below…
Lewis Baker – Chelsea
Lewis Baker was in the news last week after making his second Chelsea appearance a ridiculous eight years after debuting for the club.
The man once heralded as the successor to Frank Lampard has been farmed out on eight loan spells since 2014, but after failing to secure a ninth, he settled for a place in Thomas Tuchel's squad.
Though with N'Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul and Ross Barkley all ahead of him in the pecking order, we don't fancy his chances of making his Premier League duck anytime soon.
Nat Phillips – Liverpool
Nat Phillips has almost been frozen out at Liverpool since the arrival of Ibrahima Konate in the summer.
He got a decent run in the side last season after Jurgen Klopp lost half a dozen of his centre backs to injury, but with everybody fit again, Phillips is more or less persona non grata.
To precisely no one's surprise, the 24-year-old is now angling for a move away.
Darren Randolph – West Ham
Since returning to West Ham in 2020, Darren Randolph has played second fiddle to former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Though Alphonso Areola's summer arrival has seen him drop to third choice, and even getting minutes in the cup is a tough ask for the Irishman at the moment.
Jack Clarke – Tottenham
The former Leeds United youngster looked destined for great things when he joined Tottenham for around £10 million in 2019, but has failed to convince any of the club's last four managers that he's worthy of a run of the first team.
His only appearance this season came during Tottenham's disastrous Europa Conference League campaign. Needless to say, he didn't exactly stand out.
Juan Mata – Man Utd
It's easy to forget just how good Juan Mata was, particularly during his two-and-half-year stint at Chelsea, though the Spaniard has been reduced to a bit-part role at Old Trafford in the last couple of seasons.
The 33-year-old has made over 250 appearances for Manchester United but can't seem to get a look in anymore given the abundance of creative and attacking options at the club.
What a waste of such a talented individual.
Willy Boly – Wolves
Willy Boly was a mainstay in Wolves' side for four seasons before seeing his momentum crushed by long Covid last year.
New manager Bruno Lage doesn't appear to have the same faith in the defender that Nuno Espirito Santo had, and the Ivory Coast international has had to settle for a few measly minutes in the EFL Cup.
Jonny – Wolves
Like Boly, Jonny could do no wrong under Nuno but has seen his minutes slashed this season under Lage.
To be fair to the Spain international, he hasn't been 100% fit following back to back anterior cruciate ligament injuries, but there's no denying his future at Wolves is now hanging in the balance.
Nampalys Mendy – Leicester City
Nampalys Mendy signed for Leicester back in 2016 as a replacement for N'Golo Kante, but failed to hit the ground running and was soon overshadowed by Wilfred Ndidi, who arrived at the club six months later.
Despite settling for a backup role, the Senegal international managed an impressive 29 appearances last season, but was surprisingly left out of Brendan Rodgers' 25-man Premier League squad for following campaign.
Martin Kelly – Crystal Palace
After falling out of favour at Liverpool, Martin Kelly successfully revived his career at Selhurst Park, but after making a total of two appearances in the last season-and-a-half, he looks destined for the exit door.
It's easy to forget that once played for England, isn't it?
Jonas Lossl – Brentford
After impressing for Huddersfield Town following their promotion to the Premier League, Jonas Lossl looked destined for big things, but a failed move to Everton derailed his momentum and he hurried back to his native Denmark.
A loan spell to Brentford this season offered him hope of a revival, but with Alvaro Fernandez and David Raya tussling over the number 1 shirt, Lossl hasn't got a look in.
Phil Bardsley – Burnley
The Sunderland icon has made over 300 Premier League appearances, but at 36-years of age, his time at the top is almost over.
He featured just four times in the league for Burnley last season, and with his contract up in summer, it might be time to say bye-bye-Bardsley.
Kevin Long – Burnley
The Irish defender has had something of a sporadic existence at Turf Moor since joining from Cork City back in 2009.
Despite nearly two-thirds of his appearances for the club coming in the last five seasons, Long has fallen down the pecking order again and hasn't featured at all this season.
Paul Dummett – Newcastle United
Paul Dummett was a mainstay in Newcastle's side for the best part of eight years, but can't seem to get a look in anymore, despite the Magpies' torrid campaign.
With the club set for a transfer splurge in the coming months, Dummett's hopes of regaining a first-team spot are dwindling fast.
Christoph Zimmermann – Norwich City
Zimmermann joined Norwich in the Championship but appeared to adapt well to the top flight following the club's promotion in 2019.
Among other things, the summer signing of Ben Gibson has pushed him down the pecking order, but given his form over the past five years it's surprising to see him completely now completely discarded.
- Premier League
- Manchester United FC
- Manchester City FC
- Chelsea FC
- Liverpool FC
- Tottenham Hotspur FC
- Newcastle United FC
- Norwich City FC
- Burnley FC
- West Ham FC
- Wolves FC
- Leicester City FC
- Crystal Palace FC
- Brentford FC
Source: Read Full Article