The utility player, a player who can cover a range of positions, is very often regarded as a useful asset to Premier League teams. When injuries and suspensions have occurred, many a time have top flight managers turned to their versatile man.

However, whilst being able to perform in several positions has its advantages, it does often mean that as a consequence, these players often lack a positional identity and the gaffers don’t consider them good enough to play ahead of the experts in their position.

As a result this group of 15 players are a victim of their own versatility. Whilst some players have finally asserted themselves in the first team, other utility players are struggling to stamp their authority on that one position in the side.

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