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5 players that should be starting instead of being benched

A look at five players that shouldn't be taking a seat on the sidelines


Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League

“Why isn’t he giving him a start!?” harks the cry from a bewildered fan in the audience. Sometimes we just can’t believe that, despite impressing when given chances and the clear ineptitude of some of those in front of them, why some players aren’t starting when they should be.

It happens almost every year but there will always be that glimmer of hope that if they keep being good, eventually they’ll get through to their managers. Here are 5 players that are occupying the bench when they should be starting for their clubs.


#5 Andreas Christensen

Stoke City v Chelsea - Premier League
Stoke City v Chelsea - Premier League

The Danish international might still only be 21, but already has a vast amount of experience under his belt. Two consistent seasons playing in the Bundesliga for Borussia Monchengladbach could not have prepared him better for the rigours of the Premier League and when he starts, he shows it.

Composed on the ball, strong in the air and great positionally, Christensen has all the tools you need in a modern-day centre-back. It’s rare to have someone with the combination of skills, experience and youth like he has, which Chelsea should be using more to their advantage.

Gary Cahill has never really impressed in the back three and when needed, he can fill in for when it makes more sense to push Cesar Azpilicueta out to the right wing-back position. In all honesty, since David Luiz’s suspension, he has shown Antonio Conte exactly why he should have a more regular presence in the starting eleven.

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