TOP 10 BENCH WARMERS SO FAR THIS SEASON


#10. Petr Cech

The Czech international has just started just four Premier League matches this season, with Blues manager Jose Mourinho preferring Courtois ahead of the 32-year old keeper. While Cech admitted that he had to come to terms with his coach’s decision to play the Belgium international over him this season, he has also hinted that he could leave Chelsea this summer if he doesn’t get more playing minutes.

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#9. Frank Lampard

The 36-year-old midfielder has made 30 appearances this season but many of those have been 10 minute cameos and his main objective remains to play. While Manchester City have been impressed with Lampard and his contribution on and off the pitch during his loan spell and his presence proved vital in the absence of Yaya Toure, Frankie is still frustrated with a lack of game at Manchester City.

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#8. Raphael Varane

At just 22 years of age, Raphael Varane can safely be called one of the best centre-backs of his generation. The French defender is blessed with incredible technical skills, but what is truly remarkable about him is his blistering pace and speed. While he is a pillar at his national team, Varane is struggling at Real Madrid for a place in the first starting XI. Pepe and Sergio Ramos have left him in the shadows this season.

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#7. Lucas Moura

The Brazilian winger had been a rather enigmatic figure for Paris Saint-Germain following his €45 million move from Sao Paulo in January 2013. While he has lighted up the Parc de Princes with his direct dribbling every now and then, Lucas Moura has been mostly disappointing with his poor decision-making and lack of efficiency.  While he had a good start to the season, Moura has been a ghost so far.

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#6. Juan Cuadrado

Since signing on at Stamford Bridge in a £26 million switch from Fiorentina in January, Juan Cuadrado has started for the Bluse just twice, with the rest of his six appearances coming from the bench. The Colombian was an idol at Artemio Franchi, and now he seems to be getting only nasty comments from Chelsea fans. His cameo appearances don’t live up to the £26 million fee Chelsea paid for him.

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#5.  Javier Hernandez

The Mexican striker has spent so long on the Real Madrid bench that it’s a wonder he hasn’t left an imprint on it. Chicharito has four goals to his name since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, but the last of them came almost five months ago- namely on 29th October, in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey round of 32 against Cornella. Hernandez has fallen further down the pecking order, and he seems to be heading away from Madrid in the summer.

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#4. Stevan Jovetic

The 25-year-old midfielder has scored just four goals in 14 starts for City this season and fell further down Manuel Pellegrini’s pecking order after Wilfried Bony arrival at the club during the winter’s transfer window. Stevan Jovetic is expected to leave the Etihad this summer after failing to impress since his £22 million transfer from Fiorentina in 2013. The Montenegrin has been a huge disappointment.

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#3. Bacary Sagna

French defender Bacary Sagna has started just 12 games for Manchester City so far this season, which is why he is growing increasingly agitated at his bit-part role. Bacary Sagna signed a three-year deal with the Citizens last summer and he was expected to play a pivotal role in the defense, but he has failed to dislodge Pablo Zabaleta as first-choice right back. Sagna might reconsider his future.

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#2. Sami Khedira

The German midfielder has recently confirmed that he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, with reports linking him to a Bundesliga move. Sami Khedira has made just 11 appearances for the Spanish giants in La Liga this season after being plagued by frequent injuries throughout the season. Injuries apart, Khedira fell further down in Ancelotti’s pecking order and his departure is logical.

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#1. Filipe Luis

With just 22 appearances for Chelsea since his summer move, Filipe Luis plans a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer. The Brazilian defender joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for £16 million last summer, but he has struggled for a place in the Blues starting XI. Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta are ahead in pecking order. Luis hopes to return to Atleti at the end of the season.

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