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13 players who won Premier League titles by sitting on the sidelines

The look on Wes Morgan’s face when he lifted the Premier League trophy last weekend was enough to melt even Roy Keane’s heart.

But not everyone was as involved as Big Wes. Marcin Wasilewski and Gokhan Inler have only started a combined five league games, while Nathan Dyer hasn’t started a game yet.

They’re not the first players to get a medal for very limited contribution, and they won’t be the last. But who else got to watch from the best seat in the house while their team-mates got the job done?

1 Dion Dublin- Man United (1992/93)

Before becoming the world’s most respected Dube player Dublin was a bruising striker, who could also do a job at centre-back.

But Dublin only started three games during United’s 1992/93 winning campaign, after losing his first team place to Eric Cantona following injury.

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2 Jordi Cruyff- Man United (1996/97)

Cruyff won the league in his first season following a move from Barcelona, but his contribution was limited to say the least.

The Dutchman only started 11 games although that was in part due to a knee injury which ruled him out for long spells of their campaign.

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3 Luis Boa Morte- Arsenal (1997/98)

Boa Morte was always going to struggle to make his way into Arsenal’s first team with the likes of Marc Overmars occupying the wings at Highbury.

And so it proved as the Portuguese winger started just four games, although he was able to console himself with a Premier League winner’s medal.

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4 Raimond van der Gouw- Man United (1999/00)

No self respecting random keepers quiz is complete without the inclusion of Van Der Gouw, who won a Premier League medal for the first time in 2000 after starting 11 games.

To be fair he was competing against Mark Bosnich and Massimo Taibi, so it’s a wonder he didn’t pick up more appearances.

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5 Ronnie Wallwork- Man United (2000/01)

Somehow Wallwork played 12 games in United’s 2000/01 campaign, despite the presence of Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Nicky Butt and David Beckham.

That was a career peak though, and the next season Wallwork only played once in the league before being sold to West Brom in 2002.

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6 Jeremie Aliadiere- Arsenal (2003/04)

Three starts, no goals and one Premier League medal. Not a bad return!

It wasn’t long before he was shipped out of Arsenal on loan, eventually leaving to join Middlesbrough on a permanent deal.

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7 Jiri Jarosik- Chelsea (2004/05)

One season at Stamford Bridge was enough to convince the club that Jarosik wasn’t quite good enough to cut the mustard at the top level.

He only started three games, making a further 11 appearances off the bench.

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8 Kieran Richardson- Man United (2006/07)

Richardson can’t even get in the Aston Villa first team at the moment, so it’s no surprise that he only started eight games for United during the 2006/07 season.

To be fair that was enough for a Premier League medal, which is one more than any of us have.

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9 Gerard Pique- Man United (2007/08)

Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic combined to make one of the most formidable defensive partnerships during the 2007/08 season.

That was bad news for a young Pique, who only started five games before heading to Barcelona to win every title going.

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10 Juliano Belletti- Chelsea (2009/10)

An ageing Belletti was entering his last season at Chelsea, which explains why he only started four games.

He saved the best for last, picking up a Premier League medal just a year before retiring.

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11 Michael Owen- Man United (2010/11)

Owen’s powers were on the wane when he turned up at Old Trafford, breaking many Liverpool hearts.

He started just once as United won the 2010/11 Premier League title by nine points from Chelsea. A less forgettable season than his commentary anecdotes.

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12 Stefan Savic- Man City (2011/12)

Savic is on the verge of winning the Champions League with Atletico Madrid.

But he only started five games during a forgettable season at City in which Joleon Lescott kept him out of the first team.

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13 Anders Lindegaard- Man United (2012/13)

It’s strange to think there was a time when David De Gea and Lindegaard were actually competing for the first team spot.

Now De Gea is arguably United’s most important player and Lindegaard is out on loan at Preston, having not cut it at West Brom.

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