Backup Players Who Should Be Starting at Other Clubs

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Backup Players Who Should Be Starting at Other Clubs
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Hernandez—Would he get more playing time at another club?

Across the Premier League are a number of benches that must be creaking under the weight of the talent that sits on them every weekend.

Holding up legions of multimillion-pound footballers, it's a wonder they don't collapse.

Moneyed clubs at the top of the table seem to have more than their fair share of these players. Often spotted stretching and jogging up and down touchlines around the country, they rarely make it out onto the pitch.

Perhaps these footballers have chased a big money move and ended up at the bottom of the pecking order, maybe they've fallen foul of a new manager or perhaps they are just surrounded by too many top-quality players.

Whatever the reason, some of these players are good, really good, and would stroll into the starting XI of any other team in the top-flight—even if they were blindfolded and playing with one arm tied behind their back.

Imagine if Newcastle United suddenly landed Jermain Defoe, what if Javier Hernandez played for Everton? Surely they would be guaranteed regular first-team football?

Over the following slides, which are not ranked in any particular order, we look at 10 Premier League backup players who should be starting for other clubs.

 

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