Sean Dyche's Burnley side retains a familiar look

Despite Burnley's injury problems this season, Sean Dyche's side retains a familiar look.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 12:30 pm
Chris Wood

Issue number 321 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post https://football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/b5wp/2020/wp321/en/ ranks teams from 72 domestic leagues worldwide according to the percentage of minutes played by their 11 most fielded players.

And Burnley sit fifth in terms of the Premier League, with their most used players playing 80.6% of minutes, behind Aston Villa (86.9%), Southampton (85.3%), West Ham (84.0%) and Leeds United (81.0%).

Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood have played in all 17 Premier League games, with Josh Brownhill and Nick Pope on 16 appearances.

Sign up to our daily Burnley Express Today newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Dwight McNeil. James Tarkowski and Charlie Taylor have 15 appearances, and Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez 14.

Matthew Lowton and Robbie Brady are on 13, Ben Mee 12, Erik Pieters 11 and Matej Vydra 10.

The highest figures for the five major European championships were registered by two Premier League teams who have performed beyond expectations since the start of the season, Villa and Southampton.

At the opposite end, Paris St-Germain stand out with only 58% of minutes played by their 11 most fielded footballers, the lowest figure in the big-5.

Per league, the highest and lowest values were observed for Aston Villa (87%) and Newcastle (68%) in the Premier League, Elche (81%) and Real Valladolid (62%) in La Liga, Cagliari (79%) and Genoa (59%) in the Serie A, Freiburg (82%) and Schalke 04 (61%) in the Bundesliga, as well as Olympique de Marseille (78%) and Paris St-Germain (58%) in Ligue 1.

For the remaining big teams still competing in the Champions League, the 11 most used footballers were fielded for 78% at Liverpool, 75% at Real Madrid, 73% at both Manchester City and Bayern Munich, 71% at Barcelona and 68% at Juventus.

Despite the depth of squads and the tight match schedule, the English Premier League is the 14th competition among the 72 studied, whose clubs carry out the lowest player turnover, well ahead of the four other leagues of the big-5.