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Davide Zappacosta

It is no news that many players who thrive under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte are either looking for a way out of the club or are working their socks off to get back to a reckoning at the Blues.

One of such players is Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta who has the funny but sad new record of being the Premier League’s biggest benchwarmer so far this season.

The Italian right-back has been sat on the bench for a combined total of 1,164 league minutes in 2018/19 – more than any other outfield player in the division.

With just one appearance which came on in the 84th minute in a home game to Cardiff City on the 15th of September, the £23m signing from Torino has started on the bench for every Chelsea league game this season.

For the rest of the time, he’s just been sat on the bench. Ready. Waiting. Only nine other players have spent more time on the bench than the 26-year-old, all of whom are sub goalies. Christian Fuchs has spent the next longest amount of time on the bench for an outfield player – 1,080 minutes.

This group also includes Jermaine Defoe [1,059 minutes], Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge [1,038 minutes], Nigerian Leon Balogun [1,010 minutes] and Phil Foden [995 minutes].

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