The top ten most expensive Premier League players listed below made the most money while participating in the fewest number of games last season, and they have undoubtedly been laughing all the way to the bank.

Top 10 most expensive benchwarmers in Premier League last season.


The top ten most expensive Premier League benchwarmers have been revealed, with three players earning more than Β£3 million to sit on the bench.

Last season’s data revealed which players paid their clubs the most money for the least amount of return in the league. Manchester United has three players among the top ten.

But it’s Leicester City defender Jannik Vestergaard who topped the list of research conducted by OLBG, thanks to his weekly wage of Β£70,000.

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He earned Β£3.64 million but only made three cup appearances for the first squad, even being demoted to the reserves in March after criticizing then-manager Brendan Rodgers and then falling injured.

The full-back was injured for the majority of the season, only making Erik ten Hag’s matchday squad on seven occasions, and he could be released this summer after taking a shot at Red Devils star Rio Ferdinand during the Champions League final.

Liverpool back-up goalkeeper Adrian is the other player to have earned more than Β£3 million – Β£3.12 million exactly – without playing in the league.

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He’s not the only secondary shot stopper in the top ten. However, Newcastle‘s Emil Krafth ranks fourth with a yearly salary of Β£2.86 million.

Krafth is the only player on the list to have played in the Premier League. However, he only played for one minute to earn his Β£55k-a-week salary.

Tom Heaton, the second United player on the list, was not called upon to deputize for David de Gea before hurting his ankle at the start of the season. Regardless, he cost Old Trafford management Β£2.34 million.

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The final five players on the list were all paid Β£1.82 million to sit on the bench. They are Arsenal’s Matt Turner, another Newcastle defender in Paul Dummett,

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Crystal Palace‘s Jack Butland, who was loaned to United after Heaton’s injury, Chelsea’s Marcus Bettinelli, and Bournemouth’s Darren Randolph, who joined from West Ham in January.

The list in full:
  1. Jannik Vestergaard – Β£3.64m per minute
  2. Brandon Williams – Β£3.38m per minute
  3. Adrian – Β£3.12m per minute
  4. Emil Krafth – Β£2.86m per minute
  5. Tom Heaton – Β£2.34m per minute
  6. Matt Turner – Β£1.82m per minute
  7. Paul Dummett – Β£1.82m per minute
  8. Jack Butland – Β£1.82m per minute
  9. Marcus Bettinelli – Β£1.82m per minute
  10. Darren Randolph – Β£1.82m per minute