There are 20 players in total who have played every minute for their respective clubs since kick off on the opening day of the 2018/19 season. It is unsurprising, however, that 12 of the players who feature there are goalkeepers.

At the time of writing, each Premier League team has played 21 matches so far this campaign, amounting to 1,890 minutes of action. Below are the outfield players who are the personification of outstanding fitness, refusing to succumb to injury or tiredness despite the moans of fixture congestion.

They are also proven key members of their teams, with their consistency to perform trusted by their managers to the extent that they don’t use an alternative option.

Here are the eight members of the 1,890 minute club.

8. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta – or ‘Spanish Dave’ as he is affectionately named by the Chelsea faithful – has not missed a kick of Chelsea‘s season so far.

The reliable and consistent Spaniard joined the Blues from Marseille in 2012. He now wears the captain armband and has left back up option Davide Zappacosta rooted to the substitutes bench, with the Italian only making two Premier League appearances this season.

It is clear to see that Maurizio Sarri has a lot of faith and trust in his full back.

7. Willy Boly (Wolves)

Willy Boly

The French centre back has been in terrific form so far this season.

Boly originally joined Wolves in a loan deal from Porto in 2017. After signing for the Midlands club, he played a key part in ensuring Wolves made light work of gaining promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2012.

Boly’s form convinced Wolves to sign him permanently in the summer and he has rewarded their faith with more quality performances this season, also chipping in with vital goals against champions Manchester City and Tottenham.

6. Conor Coady (Wolves)

Conor Coady

It is clear that Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo knows what his favourite centre back pairing is. One of Willy Boly’s partners at the back, Conor Coady has also played every game in Wolves’ return to the top flight.

The 25-year-old Englishman wears the armband at Molineux and has also been in great form this campaign, marshalling a backline which holds the sixth best defensive record in the league so far this season, which is hugely impressive for a promoted club.

Is a phone call from Gareth Southgate beckoning for the Wolves man?

5. Steve Cook (Bournemouth)

Fulham FC v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

Bournemouth have played 173 Premier League games since achieving an unlikely promotion in 2015. Centre back Steve Cook has played 167 of those games. This included a complete season of appearances in the 2016/17 campaign.

Cook has been at Bournemouth since their League One days and has not missed much of their fairytale journey to the heady heights of the Premier League.

Cook has a history of remarkable fitness; he also featured in every game of their successful Championship campaign in 2014/15. He was unfortunately subbed off twice however, denying him another perfect campaign.

4. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff)

Bruno Ecuele Manga

Cardiff’s Gabonese defender joined the club back in 2014 from French side Lorient as a towering and powerful centre back. 

The 30-year-old has since proven himself to be a reliable and versatile option for the Bluebirds, especially during their current campaign, where he has had to fill in as a makeshift right back for most of their matches.

Thankfully for Ecuele Manga, he did earn a rest for Cardiff’s FA Cup third round defeat to Gillingham. It should be business as usual on Saturday however, with Cardiff playing Huddersfield in a relegation ‘six pointer’.

3. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace)

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Since joining the Eagles from Greek side Olympiacos in January 2017, Luka Milivojevic has established himself as a first team regular at Selhurst Park.

The Serbian is deployed as a midfielder whose composure and technical ability enables Roy Hodgson’s side to get the ball to their dangerous forward players. 

Partner that with a goalscoring record of ten goals last season and six in the current campaign, mostly aided by the midfielder’s success rate from the penalty spot, and he is now a key player for the London club.

2. Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace)

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Mamadou Sakho has gone from a forgotten man at one Premier League club to being irreplaceable at another.

Sakho joined Palace permanently in 2017 from Liverpool, after a successful loan spell at Selhurst Park, which saw his performances gain the affections of the Eagles fans.

The French defender’s ever-presence in the Crystal Palace backline will have gone some way into repaying the £24m pound fee the club forked out to bring him to south London.

1. Ben Mee (Burnley)

Ben Mee

Burnley captain Ben Mee has played in all of Burnley’s Premier League matches in what has been a rather underwhelming campaign for the Clarets.

Mee will be rather disappointed with how this campaign has played out for his side, especially as he has been an essential member in a defence which has already conceded 42 goals, which is three more than they conceded in the entirety of the previous campaign.

Dyche will still be hoping that his captain can stay fit in their fight for Premier League survival.


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