Squad usage: Premier League, 31 Dec 2018
Continuing the splurge of roughly-halfway-through-the-season graphics, here’s a summary and a club-by-club breakdown of how each club has used their squad.
It’s sorted by how many different players each club has used (with the number who started a match used as a tie-breaker), but also shows the average number of changes to their starting XI, the number of minutes played by their most-used combination of players so far and how many unchanged line-ups they’ve named. This all applies to league matches only.
Tottenham have already used 26 different players this season, handing starts to 24 of them, and are one of four clubs yet to name an unchanged starting line-up this season (the others are Man Utd, Fulham and Man City). At the other end of the scale, Wolves have only fielded 18 of their players this season, naming 9 unchanged starting XIs and keeping their most-used combination of players on the pitch together for a combined 588 minutes so far. Fulham haven’t even managed to keep a single combination of players on the pitch for a full match’s worth of minutes yet: their most common set of 11 players have only been on the pitch together for 78 minutes so far.
What I’ve done for every club below is to plot out their league campaign minute-by-minute and then shade in a bar for each player showing when they were on the pitch. The players’ bars are then laid out next to each other, in descending order of how long each spent on the pitch this season (also shown as a percentage of the club’s total playing minutes), to allow for comparisons.
I’ve also factored in a calculation of what each club’s most-used combination of 11 players was and shaded the minutes that they were on the pitch together using a darker colour. At the top I’ve also included the total number of minutes that they featured alongside each other, which is often surprisingly low.
To make reading across the graphics easier, I’ve drawn vertical lines separating each match and each month, plus horizontal ones between each player’s row and beneath the 11 most-used players.