Opinion: The Spurs squad ranked by minutes on the pitch this season

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In a season of twists, turns and make changes in personnel, we wanted to take a look at how the Spurs squad rank in terms of minutes on the pitch this season (TransferMarkt):

Japhet Tanganga – 748

The player with the least number of minutes, Tanganga has seen his time limited this season, making just four Premier League appearances.

Joe Rodon – 819

Having signed from Swansea at the very end of the summer transfer window, Rodon missed out on a spot in the Europa League squad, meaning his minutes have been limited to cup appearances, although he has started the last three Premier League games.

Joe Hart – 892

Brought in more for his experience than his ability, Hart hasn’t featured in the Premier League, instead featuring heavily in the qualifying and group stages of the Europa League.

Dele Alli – 964

If you had said at the start of the season that Dele would have less than 1000 minutes at this point of the campaign, I would have thought you mad. Dele has featured just nine times in the Premier League, starting just twice.

Carlos Vinicius – 1004

Brought in as a back-up to Harry Kane, Vinicius will have expected his minutes to be limited, but has impressed when given the opportunities, scoring plenty of goals in the Europa League, and a hat-trick in the FA Cup.

Giovanni Lo Celso – 1159

Having missed a large portion of the season through injury, Lo Celso has featured heavily since returning, starting the last few Premier League games, and appearing in 23 games in all competitions.

Gareth Bale – 1260

With minutes clocking in at 1260, Bale has completed the exact same number for Spurs this season as he did at Real Madrid last season. Although he enjoyed a regular run in the side not so long ago, it seems as though Gareth will be happy to run down the rest of his loan with the odd cameo off the bench.

Erik Lamela – 1346

Another player hampered by injury, Lamela has been a regular in the matchday sides since his return, racking up 31 appearances in all competitions.

Steven Bergwijn – 1646

Having been a regular starter at the beginning of the season, Bergwijn has found game time hard to come by since Christmas, often being dropped in favour of Moura, Bale or Lamela. He has appeared in just 17 Premier League games this season, only three more than he managed in the second half of last season.

Harry Winks – 1683

Seemingly out of favour with Mourinho, Winksy has seen his game time incredibly limited this season, appearing mostly in the cup competitions. He has only appeared in the Premier League 10 times, compared to his 31 Premier League appearances last season.

Serge Aurier – 1814

Aurier has found himself competing with Matt Doherty for starts this season, perhaps surprisingly racking up fewer minutes than his Irish counterpart. He has featured 22 times this season, 15 in the Premier League, although he has had numerous small spells out with injury.

Sergio Reguilon – 2095

Reguilon was a late signing in the summer missing the first few games of the season, and has also had a number of weeks out with injury. The Spaniard has still racked up 28 appearances for Spurs, with 20 of those coming in the Premier League

Matt Doherty – 2231

Featuring substantially more than Aurier, Doherty has featured the same amount of times as him in the Premier League (15) but has made significantly more appearances in other competitions, with 27 in total, although a spell on the sidelines will see Aurier catch him up soon.

Lucas Moura – 2236

Moura has featured in 45 of the 50 games for Spurs this season, meaning it is somewhat surprising that he hasn’t accumulated more minutes. Often used in substitutions, whether coming on or going off, Moura has still had an impressive season, and obviously has the trust of the manager.

Toby Alderweireld – 2406

A somewhat baffling statistic, as in my opinion Toby Alderweireld is easily the most consistent defender at the club, yet racks up the least amount of minutes of the senior defenders, limited to 18 appearances in the Premier League.

Moussa Sissoko – 2422

Sissoko’s stats are bumped up by a lengthy run in the side at the beginning of the season, where Mourinho paired him up with Pierre Emile Hojbjerg in the heart of the midfield. 

Tanguy Ndombele – 2657

Appearing in 41 games so far this season, Ndombele has had a much better second season at Spurs than his lack-lustre first. He managed only 1446 minutes last season, a figure he will easily double this season. His minutes would be even more impressive if he played 90 minutes more often, but Mourinho insists on subbing him in almost every game.

Davinson Sanchez – 2698

As said before, I think Toby Alderweireld is our most consistent defender, and by the same token, I feel that Sanchez is our least consistent. He definitely has had his moments this season with a few good performances, but he has made several high profile mistakes in his 17 Premier League appearances this season.

Eric Dier – 2839

It seemed for a while as though Mourinho trusted Dier to be his go-to centre back, but if recent weeks are anything to go by, perhaps he isn’t so sure. Nevertheless, the Englishman has racked up the most minutes of any centre-back, with 32 appearances to boot.

Ben Davies – 2900

I found this statistic to be the most surprising. Having been shunted down to second choice left-back upon Reguilon’s arrival in the summer, Davies enjoyed a lengthy run in the team when the Spaniard was unavailable, and was heavily featured throughout all of our cup runs. He has also occasionally played alongside Reguilon as a make-shift centre back.

Heung-Min Son – 3274

Seemingly always a part of the team unless injured, Sonny has featured in 44 games this season, second only to Lucas Moura’s 45. Sonny has had another stellar season, and is always a part of Mourinho’s core squad.

Harry Kane – 3352

If Harry Kane is fit, Harry Kane plays, it is really that simple. He has had another incredible season, only missing two Premier League games due to injury. He is very rarely substituted, further helping his minutes along.

Pierre Emile Hojbjerg – 3609

Mourinho’s most trusted on-field general, Hojbjerg has played every minute of the Premier League this season, and has been heavily featured elsewhere, tying Heung Min Son with 44 appearances in total.

Hugo Lloris – 3660

Our captain, Hugo Lloris has also played every minute in the Premier League, and although being rested through much of the early stages of the cup competitions, also found himself starting the majority of the later games too.

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