Typical winter period, eh? I leave this for a couple of weeks and in a blink of an eye, five more games have been played.

However, now that I’m all caught up again, I can make some interesting observations about the Premier League and how they use their squads during this busy time.

So, here’s the latest table:

Pos Club No. Players Mins (Total) League Pos
1 Everton 6 5,628 9
2 Tottenham 4 3,781 7
3 Swansea 3 2,923 20
4 Southampton 4 2,370 12
5 Manchester City 3 2,103 1
6 Liverpool 3 1,705 4
7 Newcastle 2 1,655 18
8 Leicester 3 1,607 8
9 Bournemouth 2 1,511 16
10 Brighton 2 1,315 13
11 Crystal Palace 3 1,209 14
12 Manchester United 3 1,208 2
13 Watford 2 756 10
14 West Brom 2 464 19
15 Arsenal 2 445 5
16 West Ham 1 324 15
17 Huddersfield 1 169 11
18 Stoke 2 150 17
19 Burnley 0 0 6
20 Chelsea 0 0 3

It’s been all change for Everton. I feared Sam Allardyce would restrict the minutes of their young players but, to his credit, he’s stuck with them and has been rewarded with an upturn in form. The sheer volume of u23 Englishman in their squad continues to give them the edge on the competition.

Said competition has dipped into the reserves to get through the fixture congestion. Manchester City recently handed a debut to Phil Foden. The star of the u17 World Cup winning squad got seven minutes off the bench, but it’s a start.

Manchester United have called upon Luke Shaw (remember him?) and Scott McTominay in recent games.

Leicester’s new manage Claude Puel continues to give game time to the exciting Demarai Gray, which automatically makes him better than Craig Shakespeare. They’ve also given a short sub appearance to Hamza Choudhury.

A big mover is Arsenal, who’s minutes total has suddenly doubled thanks to Ainsley Maitland-Niles playing the full 90 for two games in a row. He’s been on their bench for a few weeks, so it’s pleasing to see get a chance in the first team at last.

Burnley and Chelsea – well, what else can we expect?