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Premier League Outcast XI: Best Footballers On The Bench

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What would be the best team you could name out of all the Premier League players who can’t get a regular game for their club side? Lining up with a vintage 4-4-2 formation, here is my selection. I’d be interested to hear yours.

Goalkeeper – Shay Given (Manchester City)
When he arrived from Newcastle, Given was meant to be the long term solution to City’s goalkeeping problems. What he didn’t count on was the emergence of Joe Hart as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers when out on loan at Birmingham City. Since Hart returned to Eastlands, Given has made just two appearances.

Right Back – Verdan Corluka (Tottenham Hotspur)
In my opinion, Corluka is one of the best full-backs in the league. He has been virtually ever present for Spurs since arriving from Manchester City in 2008, but has recently lost his place to Alan Hutton and hasn’t featured in the Premier League since September.

Centre Back – Jonny Evans (Manchester United)
A player that probably plays more than most in this side, but if other are fit will not feature. Evans has been a regular deputy for England captain Rio Ferdinand in the heart of the United defence, but with Ferdinand enjoying a good run of late, Evans has not started a game since September. On his day though, Evans would make it in to most Premier League sides.

Centre Back – Joleon Lescott- (Manchester City)
Lescott arrived at Eastlands with a massive price tag, but has never really been able to live up to expectations. This season he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the City side, and hasn’t featured in the Premier League since mid October.

Left Back – Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
One of Arsenal’s next generation of young stars. At just 21 Gibbs already back-up for Ashley Cole for England, but has found it difficult to displace Gael Clichy in the Arsenal defence.

Right Wing – Shaun Wright Phillips (Manchester City)
One of the most likeable players in the Premier League, SWP found himself out of favour at Chelsea and moved back home to City in a bid to find regular first team football. But as City splashed the cash on big name signings, Wright Phillips once again found himself warming a bench.

Holding Midfielder – Patrick Vieira (Manchester City)
The towering Frenchman might be ageing now but he could still do a job for most Premier League sides. He has made just one start in the Premier League this season for City.

Attacking Midfielder – Tomáš Rosický (Arsenal)
Rosický’s Arsenal career has been plagued by injury but he has often shown us that when fit he is a player of immense talent. This season has season Rosický make just three Premier League starts for the Gunners.

Left Wing – Adam Johnson (Manchester City)
Another one of England’s up-and-coming starlets Johnson has fallen out of favour with City manager Roberto Mancini, who despite Johnson’s obvious contributions to the side opts against picking the former Middlesbrough man.

Striker – Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City)
During his time at Arsenal, Adebayor was one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League. He signed for City in the summer of 2009, but is another that has fell out of favour under Mancini. Adebayor has made just a handful of appearances in the league this term.

Striker – Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur)
It’s all gone wrong for Keane since his big money move to Liverpool. Since returning to Tottenham he has found it difficult to get a regular start and moved on loan to Celtic for the second half of last season. It seems as if Keane will be on his way out of White Hart Lane sooner rather than later.

Do you agree or disagree with any of the picks above? If you disagree, which players would you swap out and why?

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  1. Emil

    November 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Carlos Vela at Arsenal. Almost everytime he comes in he does something interesting, but Wenger does not seem to rate him highly.

  2. Mucky Fingers

    November 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Of course this list is littered with Man City players. There is literally too much purchased talent over at that club. It’s criminal the way Mancini has left Given, Lescott, Adebayor and Wright-Phillips off the pitch.

    • vinnie

      November 24, 2010 at 11:20 pm

      i’m surprised shevchenko’s name hasn’t appeared anywhere at all. at least adebayour and keane were so important to their clubs before, if anything, shevy’s name’s got to be up there

      don’t blame it on mancini, blame it on sheikh mansor

  3. csb059

    November 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Vieira is horrible, way past his prime. This guy never should have been signed. He’s slow and lifeless on the pitch.

    • Evan

      November 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      I don’t agree. Have you even seen him at all this season??? Last season he was terrible. But now he is a very good player to have on the bench. He has a killer pass, great control, and tons of experience… Not lifeless…

      • csb059

        November 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

        Sure I’ve seen him. Watched every City premier league match and Vieira has been terrible this year albiet probably slightly better than last year, but that’t liek being the tallest midget. He’s extremely late defensively, lopes around the pitch without any sense of urgency, and is nearly invisible offensively. I can’t think of any other midfielder on the roster I’d rather see on the pitch less than him.

        • Patrico

          November 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm

          Have to say, I scratch my head whenever I see Vieira come on. Seems like every other player on City’s bench would be a better option on most days. Apparently he is doing something to warrant 20 minutes a game regularly, but I just don’t see it.

  4. city

    November 22, 2010 at 11:41 am

    the man city bench would beat most mid table and lower teams with ease

    • Allen Nguyen

      November 22, 2010 at 11:49 am

      You say that, but the First Team XI can barely beat some Mid and Low-Table teams, let alone with ease…

  5. Chris McQuade

    November 22, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Theo Walcott, Salomon Kalou, David Bentley, Leon Osman. These are all players i’d rate above SWP.

    A truly awful footballer.

  6. MiaK

    November 22, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Depending on what Stevie Bruce does at Sunderland, you may need to add either Gyan or Bent to the list.

  7. Kevin

    November 22, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Keane is on the bench because he’s bad now.

    I’d include Kranjcar, though.

    • Matt T.

      November 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      Horrible is more like it.

  8. Robin Curtis

    November 22, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I am a MANU supporter, and I believe Johnny Evans is probably the worst defender to grace the premier league.

    • Troy

      November 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

      United supporters don’t call their club “Man U”. It’s terribly offensive. If you want to be taken seriously as a MUFC supporter, I suggest deleting this term from your vocabulary as soon as possible.

      • Leland

        November 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

        Wow, apparently “real” Man U supporters are also elitist pricks…

        • Troy

          November 23, 2010 at 1:58 am

          Don’t get all butt-hurt big boy. I’m merely pointing out what many other MUFC supporters would say if someone who called themselves a supporter called the club “Man U”. If that’s being a prick, then consider me the prickiest prick that ever pricked, however, I also try to be considerate of supporters of clubs by trying not to use a term that could be considered offensive.

          Nice try at a passive aggressive insult though.

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