Man Utd, Chelsea and Spurs stars rake in millions as unused subs this season

Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham have let their unused substitutes rake in millions while sitting on the bench this season.

The Red Devils look set for a second-place finish while the Blues are looking to secure Champions League games next year with Spurs challenging late on.

These campaigns it has seen stars such as Bruno Fernandes, Mason Mount and Harry Kane perform consistently for the top-flight sides in their battles for European football.

While those stars have shone, though, others have been forced to watch the action unfold from the bench.

But they have been able to rake in some huge sums of money while warming the seats in Premier League stadiums.

Data published by Betting Odds before United's 4-2 loss to Liverpool shows that Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has taken the most money as an unused substitute in the Premier League, earning £4.05m.

Brought in for £71m from Athletic Blibao in 2018, a disastrous season strewn with errors has put the Spaniard on the sidelines for Edouard Mendy between the posts.

But the 26-year-old has taken £150,000-a-week to watch 27 games from the bench.

Not for behind Kepa is Tottenham’s loan forward Gareth Bale, whose £250,000-a-week wages over 10 games have cost Spurs £2.25m.

Across Betting Odds’ top 20 list of players receiving the most money as unused substitutes, though, it is United that have spent the most with a whopping £12.51m.

Goalkeepers Dean Henderson [£2.4m over 24 weeks at £100,000-per-week] and David de Gea’s [£2.25m over six weeks at £375,000-per-week] battle for the No.1 jersey has cost £4.65m for the Red Devils.

While Juan Mata, Nemanja Metic, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek’s struggles for game time have hit hard on the wage bill.

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    Liverpool’s injury crisis, though, has helped them avoid wages on unused substitutes as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [£1.44m over 12 weeks at £120,000-per-week].

    While Arsenal forward Willian, an arrival from Chelsea, last summer, has raked in £1.35m from the Gunners’ bench over seven games.

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