Tuesday 12 December 2017

Question nobody asked - Who has played in every premier league game?

A one-game ban for Saturday's game against Birmingham meant Thomas Vermaelen dropped off the list of those who have started in every Premier League game this season but there are still 13 players who are maintaining their run with just a few weeks remaining.

Goalkeepers normally make up a higher percentage of these players, but this season the split is more even between goalkeepers and outfield players, with four defenders and two strikers making up the six outfield players while there are seven goalkeepers.

Despite the size of their squads, both Chelsea and Manchester United are represented. His off-field controversies haven't prevented John Terry from starting all of Chelsea's league games and Patrice Evra has begun all of United's.

The rest of the outfield players are Birmingham's Roger Johnson, Tyrone Mears (Burnley) and strikers Darren Bent (Sunderland) and Hugo Rodellaga (Wigan).

Goalkeepers Brad Friedel (Aston Villa), Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton), Brian Jensen (Burnley), Tim Howard (Everton), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Shay Given (Man City) and Rob Green (West Ham) have also started every game.

There are also three players who have appeared in every game but not all from the start. Paul Scharner (Wigan, four as sub) and Wade Elliott (Burnley, three as sub) have been nearly ever-present. Peter Crouch has started just 19 of Tottenham's games but his 12 appearances from the bench mean he has featured in every game.

Irish Independent

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