Originally Posted by The Cabbage
Discounting the few players players who made less than 3 prem appearances (as a reasonable cutoff), Aston Villa only used 18 players in MONs last few seasons. For all the joking at the OPs expense, there is a case to be made that says MON should only have around 18 senior pros in his squad with youth teamers to back it up. By the looks of things he just won't use much more than that.
There's no reason to discount them. They played, and between them would have accounted for a sizeable number of games. A centreback that plays 2 games when all the other centrebacks are injured is an important player (for those 2 games at least, and for the season if the points won in those games contribute to anything).
Players get injured regularly, and the game is too fast and athletic now to be able to carry unfit passengers like teams could do in the past.
And MON's teams have a habit of running out of steam before the end of the season (a bit like us now).