Pathways: How badly does the Premier League compare?

Date published: Saturday 11th November 2017 12:52

You’ve read the worrying data on our clubs. Now how do we compare? Basically, Mauricio Pochettino is our king…

 

– In order to effectively compare the minutes given to domestic and young domestic players this season, we need the data from Spain, Germany, Italy and France.

To start with, let’s rank the top 20 clubs in Europe’s top five leagues according to percentage of minutes given to domestic players:

Athletic Bilbao – 90.9%
Sassuolo – 86.3%
Freiburg – 80.4%
Espanyol – 79.5%
Cagliari – 75.3%
Nice – 73.8%
Girona – 73.1%
SPAL – 72.8%
Alaves – 71.2%
Benevento – 70.0%
Angers – 69.6%
Hoffenheim – 68.8%
Real Sociedad – 68.5%
Toulouse – 66.6%
Eibar – 64.9%
Bayer Leverkusen – 62.6%
Bournemouth – 62.9%
Villarreal – 62.4%
Guingamp – 61.8%
Koln – 60.6%

One Premier League club, seven from La Liga, four from the Bundesliga, four from Serie A and four from Ligue Un.

 

– It would also be interesting to rank the top four clubs in each league by that same measure, given the general standard of the clubs included above:

Marseille – 53.7%
Valencia – 47.8%
Real Madrid – 46.9%
Barcelona – 44.3%
Bayern Munich – 43.5%
Lyon – 41.4%
Schalke – 38.4%
Tottenham – 36.0%
PSG – 35.6%
RB Leipzig – 34.0%
Borussia Dortmund – 30.3%
Atletico Madrid – 29.6%
Juventus – 28.5%
Manchester United – 26.7%
Manchester City – 25.5%
Inter – 23.7%
Lazio – 19.4%
Napoli – 18.8%
Monaco – 16.0%
Chelsea – 4.8%

Of the 20, Premier League clubs rank in 8th, 14th, 15th and 20th. If that actually reads as pleasantly surprising to you, remember that plenty of domestic players from those countries actually go abroad to play their football and so are getting regular minutes, just not in the country of nationality. With England, that clearly isn’t the case.

 

– Anyway, onto the percentage of minutes given to domestic players aged 23 and under, and this is really the crux of the issue. Again, let’s rank the top 20 clubs in Europe’s major five leagues:

Toulouse – 40.1%
Espanyol – 35.1%
Benevento – 32.1%
Alaves – 30.9%
Athletic Bilbao – 30.0%
Nantes – 29.7%
Nice – 29.6%
SPAL – 28.3%
Bayer Leverkusen – 28.2%
Everton – 27.0%
Real Sociedad – 25.6%
Valencia – 24.9%
Villarreal – 24.3%
Milan – 23.7%
Stade Rennais – 23.4%
Wolfsburg – 23.4%
Koln – 22.8%
Lyon – 22.6%
Freiburg – 22.3%
Atalanta – 21.9%

One from the Premier League (good old Everton), six from La Liga, four from the Bundesliga, four from Serie A and five from Ligue Un.

 

– Again, interesting to rank the top four clubs in each league by that same measure:

Valencia – 24.9%
Lyon – 22.6%
Tottenham – 21.3%
PSG – 21.2%
Schalke – 21.0%
Borussia Dortmund – 15.7%
RB Leipzig – 14.2%
Manchester City – 13.3%
Marseille – 13.2%
Bayern Munich – 12.8%
Real Madrid – 12.3%
Monaco – 10.8%
Atletico Madrid – 9.1%
Juventus – 8.8%
Barcelona – 6.7%
Manchester United – 6.4%
Inter – 5.5%
Lazio – 2.1%
Napoli – 0.0%
Chelsea – 0.0%

Premier League clubs rank in 3rd (hooray for Mauricio Pochettino), 8th (Raheem Sterling and John Stones), 16th and joint last. It is interesting to see how Serie A is actually worse at giving minutes to young domestic players towards the top of the league than the Premier League . Funnily enough, their international side looks a bit buggered too.

Still, again remember that plenty of domestic players from those countries actually go abroad to play their football and so are getting regular minutes, just not in the country of nationality, although it is slightly less of an occurrence at this age level. The last named Under-21 squads by those five countries contained eight foreign-based players, with England providing one: Jack Harrison at New York City.

Daniel Storey


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