Newcastle United's most expensive benchwarmer in 20/21 - and how they compare to Spurs and Arsenal

Having a deep squad is generally seen as a necessary evil in the hectic world of modern football.

Saturday, 17th July 2021, 2:54 pm
Newcastle substitute Matt Ritchie is given instructions before coming on from coach Graeme Jones as manager Steve Bruce looks on. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With packed fixture schedules and little in the way of recovery time, top tier competition is about so much more than a starting XI these days.

For the most part, Newcastle United tend to follow that trend, and having 26 different senior starters over the course of last season's Premier League campaign shows that Steve Bruce’s men are just about average in that regard.

Even taking that figure into account, however, there were some players who – whether it be through injury or other reasons – were on the club’s books without making much of an on-field impact.

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Weekly wage: £900 Annual salary: £46,800 Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £46,800 (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

But which benchwarmer cost the Magpies the most money for the least output last term?

New research from OLBG has discovered the Premier League players who were paid the most but played the least in 2020/21.

Click and scroll through their findings for each club below…

Weekly wage: £2,000 Annual salary: £104,000 Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £104,000 (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £2,300 Annual salary: £119,600 Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £119,600 (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £6,000 Annual salary: £312,000 Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £312,000 (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £8,000 Annual salary: £416,000 Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £416,000 (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £8,400 Annual salary: £436,800 Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £436,800 (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £55,000 Annual salary: £2.86m Minutes played: 5 Earning per minute played: £572,000 (Photo by Zac Goodwin - Pool/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £23,000 Annual salary: £1.196m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £1.196m (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £24,000 Annual salary: £1.248m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £1.248m (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £27,000 Annual salary: £1.404m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £1.404m (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £29,000 Annual salary: £1.508m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £1.508m (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £34,000 Annual salary: £1.768m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £1.768m (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £36,000 Annual salary: £1.872m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £1.872m (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £37,000 Annual salary: £1.924m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £1.924m (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £42,000 Annual salary: £2.184m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £2.184m (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £44,000 Annual salary: £2.288m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £2.288m (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £47,000 Annual salary: £2.444m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £2.444m (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £62,000 Annual salary: £3.224m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £3.224m (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £62,000 Annual salary: £3.224m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £3.224m (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)
Weekly wage: £110,000 Annual salary: £5.72m Minutes played: 0 Earning per minute played: £5.72m (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)