There are no forwards in the top 15 at all.
The statistics site Fbref has a huge array of interesting data. A Reddit user stumbled upon a metric you probably never saw before: unused replacements.
Fbref calculates data from the 2014/2015 season – this is how the top 10 players who got into the application for the match but did not enter the field look like. An important clarification: only field players are on the list – otherwise the entire top ten would have been occupied by reserve goalkeepers.
• Ranocchia in the top even though he retired this fall (immediately after joining Monza) – his years at Inter left no chance for his rivals.
• But Rugani has huge potential: Daniele is only 28 and has a contract with Juventus until the summer of 2024.
• There is only one non-defensive player in the top 15, Koke. Most of the top representatives are central defenders (top 3: Andrea Rannokia, Daniele Rugani and Juan Jesus. Everything is logical: coaches rely on the combinations played.
• In the top 15, ten players are linked to Serie A – the other five are Martin Kelly, Kevin Long, Phil Bardsley, Koke and Javier Manquillo. The point is the wide application for the match in Italy: the local federation is constantly expanding the application – over the past 5 years it has grown from 9 to 15 players on the bench. You can put two goalkeepers and generally all the field.
Top without Serie A players looks like this.
• Once again, the heavy preponderance of the defenders – attacking players released to replace much more often. Unless it’s Juan Mata: the Spaniard has 88 games played.
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