Pathways: Examining the minutes given to English players

Date published: Saturday 11th November 2017 11:57

With the issue of young English players being given opportunities in the Premier League firmly back on the agenda, we used data from the wonderful transfermarkt.co.uk to look at which clubs give most minutes to domestic players. It is a little depressing…

 

– In total, only two clubs have given a majority of their minutes to domestic players, Bournemouth and Everton. The other 18 have all used a majority of non-domestic players, which will come as little surprise.

 

– In fact, less than half of the Premier League’s clubs even give more than a third of their minutes to domestic players.

 

– The clubs that use non-domestic players the most are Chelsea and Arsenal, who have given 4.8% and 9.6% of their Premier League minutes to English players. Some of Arsenal’s are accounted for by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has since been sold.

 

– One interesting thing to note is that, Arsenal and Chelsea aside, it does not figure that the best clubs use the most foreign players. Stoke City, Newcastle and Huddersfield all rank low on the number of minutes given to English players. That has changed over time, as the English premium has persuaded lower-ranking clubs to look abroad for bargains.

 

– The table in full, showing percentage of minutes given to domestic players:

Chelsea – 4.8%
Arsenal – 9.6%
Stoke City – 19.6%
Watford – 22.8%
Newcastle United – 24.0%
Huddersfield Town – 24.9%
Manchester City – 25.5%
Manchester United – 26.7%
Liverpool – 27.1%
West Ham – 31.0%
Brighton – 31.8%
Southampton – 32.2%
Tottenham – 36.0%
Crystal Palace – 37.8%
Leicester City – 42.7%
Swansea City – 45.6%
West Brom – 47.6%
Burnley – 48.7%
Everton – 58.3%
Bournemouth – 62.9%

 

– The really interesting thing is when you alter those figures to only include players aged 23 and under. This is where Mauricio Pochettino steps up:

West Ham – 0.0%
Chelsea – 0.0%
Burnley – 0.0%
Stoke City – 0.5%
Huddersfield Town – 1.1%
West Brom – 1.6%
Arsenal – 2.4%
Watford – 4.9%
Crystal Palace – 5.3%
Leicester City – 6.2%
Manchester United – 6.4%
Newcastle – 7.5%
Brighton – 7.8%
Bournemouth – 7.9%
Liverpool – 9.9%
Southampton – 13.1%
Manchester City – 13.3%
Swansea – 17.3%
Tottenham – 21.3%
Everton – 27.0%

 

– So only five Premier League clubs have given more than 10% of their league minutes to domestic players aged 23 or under, and three clubs (including the reigning champions) haven’t given any.

Is this really going to shift significantly?


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