While the Premier League Christmas schedule looks more forgiving in 2022/23, the autumn calendar appears more congested.
Between Gameweeks 4 and 15, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will play Premier League and/or Champions League football twice a week, every week, except during the September international break.
Premier League managers will also be allowed to make five substitutions per game, two more than what we are used to seeing, which provides an added challenge for Fantasy bosses.
So, with rest and rotation perhaps biting harder and earlier in 2022/23, here we take a look at which players played the most minutes last season.
For only the third Premier League season ever, no outfield player managed to play every single minute of the 2021/22 campaign.
However, some came very close, as detailed below.
|Matty Cash||Aston Villa||3378|
|Conor Coady||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3362|
|Teemu Pukki||Norwich City||3258|
|Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||3236|
|Joao Cancelo||Manchester City||3227|
|Marc Guehi||Crystal Palace||3223|
|Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg||Tottenham Hotspur||3196|
Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash only missed 42 minutes of Premier League action all season, while Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Conor Coady was just 58 minutes short.
In addition, the duo were the only outfield players to start all 38 Premier League matches.
|Matty Cash||Aston Villa||38|
|Conor Coady||Wolverhampton Wanderers||38|
|Teemu Pukki||Norwich City||37|
|Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||36|
|Joao Cancelo||Manchester City||36|
|Marc Guehi||Crystal Palace||36|
|Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg||Tottenham Hotspur||36|
Meanwhile, the ability of the big clubs to rotate their star-studded squads meant that only four players from the traditional ‘big six’ feature on the above lists – Harry Kane, Joao Cancelo, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Bukayo Saka – as they each racked up an impressive 36 Premier League starts.
A club-by-club breakdown is below, with the top few performers in each category included.
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