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Which Premier League players are the highest paid having not played a minute?

They say being a footballer is harder than you might think. Not for this lot.

Don’t show Yer Da this list.

While all Premier League footballers get stick for being over-paid and under-worked, it is worth remembering some of them don’t even have to play.

These eight players have raked in the most cash this season without playing a single minute in the Premier League.


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8 – Willy Caballero – Chelsea – £1,040,000

Caballero doing his best Kepa impression

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Caballero doing his best Kepa impression

On top of being denied two minutes of Carabao Cup action the other day, the Argentine is yet to make an appearance in the League for Chelsea.

He has been in and out of the team when it comes to Cup competitions and may well get his first league minutes against Spurs tonight following the substitution sh*t-show at Wembley.

7 – Adrian – West Ham – £1,300,000

Easiest £1.3mil he will ever make

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Easiest £1.3mil he will ever make

West Ham’s second choice keeper has been starved of minutes so far this season.

Mainly because he is stuck behind West Ham’s probable Player of the Year in Lukasz Fabianski.

6 – Jairo Riedewald – Crystal Palace – £1,375,000

Easy money

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Easy money

The 22-year-old Dutchman was signed in the summer of 2017 and is yet to make a Premier League appearance this season for Palace.

He got 12 appearances last season but is clearly out of favour with Roy Hodgson.

He has still raked in over a million quid for his troubles.

5 – Sergio Romero – Man United – £1,540,000

The keeper was a key part of Man United’s Europa League win back in 2017

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The keeper was a key part of Man United’s Europa League win back in 2017

Possibly the best back-up keeper in the Premier League has been stifled by David De Gea, the best first-choice goalkeeper in the league.

While Romero has played in the Cup competitions and kept a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge, he can’t quite squeeze into the Premier League side.

4 – Simon Mignolet – Liverpool – £1,560,000

Still better than Karius

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Still better than Karius

Yet another goalkeeper who can’t get seem to find a minute.

He could probably buy one though, looking at the amount of cash the Belgian has acquired this season alone.

3 – Eliaquim Mangala – Man City – £1,600,000

He doesn’t look too concerned

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He doesn’t look too concerned

Mangala is one of the Man City men who has fallen victim to the Pep Guariola regime.
The French defender has featured for Man City’s U23 team but is yet to get any minutes in the Premier League.

With Eymeric Laporte, John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi all higher in the pecking order, that doesn’t look like it will change any time soon.

2 – Fraser Forster – Southampton – £1,820,000

The forgotten man

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The forgotten man

The man once tipped to replace Joe Hart for England has vanished from Southampton’s first team since Alex McCarthy got a run of games last season.

Forster’s replacement went on to win the Player of the Year for the Saints last season which only put Forster further from the team-sheet.

1 – Danny Drinkwater – Chelsea – £2,000,000

Money money money

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Money money money

Who else was it going to be?

The former Leicester midfielder was signed last summer and hasn’t featured for The Blues since the Community Shield way back at the start of August.

He has pulled in a cool £2mil in that time, so don’t feel to bad for the Chelsea ‘player.’


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