10 Stars Set To Be BENCHED This Season!
welcome back to euro football daily where today we're looking at 10 players we reckon will be confined to the bench
seasonlet's go 10. samir handanovic not only is samir handanovic a part of the furniture at inter milan he's also very much a serie a icon the former slovenian international made his italian football debut way back in may 2005 with udinese eventually nailing down the number one spot at the start of the 2007-8 campaign and since then he's been a virtual ever present in the league with 182 appearances for ifriolani following up with 366 with inter since 2012. his 552 total appearances in serie a ranks him eighth all time but that might be as high as the 38 year old rises on the list that's because the neratsuri have signed iaxis andre onana 12 years handanovich's junior his new cameroonian colleague might be coming off a difficult couple of years but is still considered one of europe's most exciting young goalkeepers though han danovich played for inter in week 1 if onana does end up getting the nod it'll be hard for the veteran to force his way back into the lineup and when he does play a bad performance could be punished by manager simoni anzagi and handanovich's tenure as the undisputed number one could well be over 9. gerard pique along with sergio busquets gerard pique is the last of the old guard barcelona that won two champions league titles in three years from 2009 to 2011. and it could in fact be time up at the...
camp now for the pair of them who total almost 1 300 appearances for the blaugrana between them and while busquets still appears to be in boss and former teammate chavez plans the same can't be said for pk with basa finally able to register new signings andreas christensen and julde the 35 year old will fall to fifth in the centre-back pecking order also behind ronald rajo and eric garcia and instead of looking for a move away as was advised by chavy pk is happy to stick around so it likely means that the former manchester united defender's biggest impact for
thiscoming campaign will be in the dressing room with pk only expected to be called upon in times of emergency with his recent injury record that's probably not the worst thing but there's no doubting pk would rather be on the pitch every game 8. seamus coleman injuries might have seen seamus coleman spend a little more time away from the pitch in recent
seasons but the truth is he has remained first choice right back regardless of manager at everton even last
seasonwhen he turned 33 he played the full 90 minutes on 29 occasions finishing the
seasonas the second most used outfield player behind michael keane but the toffees can't keep relying on the irishman who is also club captain forever while his defensive numbers have remained relatively steady in recent years his attacking output has nosedived coleman hasn't put up more than five goal involvements from fullback since 2016-17 despite...
managing it five times in the seven
seasons prior fortunately it looks like frank lampard already has his replacement lined up nathan patterson joined from rangers in january 2022 for an initial 5.5 million pounds and the 20 year old made his first premier league appearance for the club against chelsea in
season's opening game impressing despite the one-nil loss as everton looked to bounce back from near relegation last campaign fresh-faced patterson could be the burst of energy they need moving forward sorry sheamus 7. jed spence few players experienced as bigger boost in their reputation last
seasonas jed spence the right back was unfavored by neil warnock at middlesbrough and sent out on loan for the campaign to nottingham forest where he quickly became a key man under steve cooper as by the end of the
seasonhe was being courted by a host of elite clubs including bayern munich forrest wanted the 22 year old permanently but unsurprisingly borough wanted to cash in ultimately driving the asking price up to nearly 20 million pounds spurs coughed up the money and spence was headed to north london as part of their impressive recruitment drive although it later emerged that
thissigning was not one that had the antonio conte seal of approval the italian said spence is an investment of the club and i thought
thisplayer is young but he has shown he can become a good player for us the club decided to buy him it looks like the youngster has work to do to convince kante...
being behind both emerson royal and matt doherty at
thisstage of the
seasonminutes are going to be very hard to come by for jed spence 6. matteo's clique marcelo bielsa may be hailed as the king behind leeds resurgence but it's also thanks to trusted servants like matthias click that the peacocks are flying again in the top flight signed from fc20 back in 2017 the polish midfielder has made 180 appearances for leads missing just nine league games in the past four
seasons but following drastic action in the market
thissummer click's influence going forward looks on the decline leeds survived last
seasonby the skin of their teeth leaking over two goals a game they've then lost calvin phillips to manchester city their rock in the middle and jessie marsh has decided to reinvest the phillips cash in not one but two defensive midfielders signing tyler adams and mark rocker and
thishas been the american starting pair in front of the back line so far click for his part is getting older at 32 and last
seasononly ranked 10th among regular starters at leeds for tackles and interceptions plus 12 for blocks though his 6.5 successful pressures per 90 was among the top 20 of central midfielders in europe so he still has a part to play at ellen road just more as an important voice on the sidelines 5. matsumuls having been a mainstay in borussia dortmund's back line ever since returning from bayern munich in 2019 matt's formal status as a bundesliga regular looks...
under serious threat bvb staggered home to a lackluster second place last
seasonno thanks to their leaky defense they conceded 52 times the ninth worst record in the bundesliga and only managed to stay near bayern due to the bavarian's own issues and a horland-inspired attack part of their problem was that injuries had wreaked havoc on their back line and to try and address
thisproblem dortmund have been adventurous in the market signing nicholas zula on a free and capturing the highly regarded nico schlottebeck from freiburg for 20 million euros and
thiscould be bad news for hummels now almost 34 the 76 cap german international carried dortmund's defense last term still producing an excellent 4.9 tackles and interceptions per 90 and putting up big pressure block and aerial win numbers and has started the first two matches of the new campaign but schlotterbeck and zula are the future of bvb's defense so don't be surprised if that's the direction edinterzic takes bvb in
seasononce zula is fully operational 4. alexis salamakas alexis salamacas was never expected to be a big star at san siro joining milan back in 2019 for just 4.5 million euros from anderlecht a poultry sum by the rossoneri standards the winger was coming off the back of a quiet six-month loan with the club where he scored once and looks set to be a competent squad member if not much more but the belgian winger has grown in stature in serie a so much so he made 36 appearances...
including 22 starts during milan's scadetto winning campaign that was despite only contributing a goal and three assists disappointing numbers by any winger's standards but where salamacas wins hearts and minds is in his defensive work rate he boasts dominant pressure tackle and interception numbers and is great at carrying the ball from deep completing 7.1 progressive carries per 90. the question is whether
thisis enough to earn him regular minutes
thisterm we think not especially with milan signing junior messiahs permanently spending 32 million euros on child decatulara and targeting other wingers in hakim ziyek and marco asensio 18 minutes off the bench and the opener against ludanesi suggests our hunch might be right 3. tom kearney fulham fans may claim there is no one like tom kearney but marco silva doesn't appear to share the sentiment as after two matches it looks like game time will be hard to come by for the influential scottish midfielder aware that fulham's defense is where their main weakness lies silva has opted for two defensive minded shields in midfield newcomer joao palina has been coupled with harrison reed and the pair have been dominant so far completing 21 tackles and interceptions nine blocks and attempting 77 pressures combined that leaves one spot ahead of them in silver's 4-2-3-1 for kearney to occupy but andreas pereira's arrival scuppers him there too with the brazilian producing two surprisingly efficient displays in...
draws against liverpool and wolves kenny hardly shot in fulham's last foray into the premier league either putting up one golden assist across the campaign the 28 year old fan favorite will have his part to play in fulham's fight for survival but it may not be as integral as he hopes either way the onus is on him to perform when called upon two tyrone mings having your role as captain taken away from you is never a good sign and that's exactly what happened to tyrone ming's over the summer the 29 year old saw his armband handed to midfielder john mcginn instead and then when it came to the opening game of the new
seasona two-nil defeat away to newly promoted bournemouth he found himself an unused substitute and it doesn't look like the england international's way back into the starting lineup is particularly straightforward either the club purchased diego carlos for 26 million pounds from sevilla and while he's now injured 24 year old esri concert has continued to impress during his three years in the west midlands and frankly it doesn't seem that boss steven gerrard wants to play him at the moment either speaking after the opening day loss gerard told reporters he would select mings again when he looks me in the eye and shows me that he's ready to play before suggesting the defender's reaction to losing the captaincy was part of the reason he lost his starting role poor timing for mings who was hoping to be a part of the england squad...
that heads to the world cup in november let's see if carlos's injury gives mings the chance he craves but don't bet against villa bringing someone else in to take his place 1. frankie dion if frankie dion ends up defying barcelona's wishes and stays with the club his punishment might be a
seasonin purgatory on the bench for all their game playing it's clear that the catalonians want the dutchman gone along with his extortionate wages although diong has resisted all efforts to push him towards england but staying with basa means competing with a stacked midfield full of quality pedry and gavi are set to be fully functional
thisterm while kessier will challenge pusquets at the base of midfield then there's the potential arrival of bernardo silva and even the presence of miralem pianic back from his loan with besiktas and some basa fans will argue that the 24 year old has been losing his touch as it is last
seasonhis average touches carries and passes all hit their lowest point in a basta shirt or his defensive stats remain among some of the worst for midfielders in europe regardless deyong is still an elite star who needs to be playing in a world cup year who knows maybe he will move after all it's been that kind of transfer window for basser but if not we hope that his stubbornness doesn't come back to haunt him so those are 10 players who we think might spend the
seasonon the bench but who else do you think will be left out of their...
team's starting 11 let us know in the comments below if you enjoyed