Chelsea and Manchester United are getting plaudits for playing the kids, but how do the other Premier League clubs shape up? We count the minutes played by players aged 21 and under in the top flight this season…
19=) Sheffield United – 0 minutes
19=) Crystal Palace – 0 minutes
Palace’s youngest player to feature in the Premier League this season is the 24-year-old Max Meyer.
18=) Tottenham – 2 minutes
Oliver Skipp (2)
Has the Spurs production line stalled?
17) Manchester City – 37 minutes
Eric Garcia (27)
Phil Foden (10)
There has at least been one winner from City’s defensive crisis; Foden now needs similar injury problems to engulf three attacking midfielders.
16) Watford – 87 minutes
Ismaila Sarr (83)
Domingos Quina (4)
At some stage, Watford surely need to trust their club record signing.
Prediction: Ismaila Sarr to make his full #WatfordFC league debut at the start of the 2020/21 Championship season.
— Watford Politic (@Watford_Politic) September 21, 2019
15) Brighton – 140 minutes
Steven Alzate (90)
Aaron Connolly (50)
Alzate was Man of the Match in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle. Graham Potter is showing an appetite to promote youth that was missing from Chris Hughton.
14) Newcastle United – 263 minutes
Sean Longstaff (263)
And clearly the man we are contractually obliged to call ‘Manchester United target Longstaff’ would have played more minutes if he had been fit.
13) Everton – 263 minutes
Moise Kean (252)
Tom Davies (11)
Kean is a potentially great signing but he is still only 19. Barely an adult.
12) Aston Villa – 307 minutes
Douglas Luiz (268)
Keinan Davis (39)
There was some consternation when Luiz was dropped for Sunday’s visit to Arsenal; Dean Smith opted for experience at the home of the accidental entertainers.
11) Wolves – 377 minutes
Patrick Cutrone (142)
Ruben Vinagre (90)
Morgan Gibbs-White (87)
Pedro Neto (58)
Only three PL starts between them, but Wolves are certainly padding out their squad with young players.
10) Burnley – 519 minutes
Dwight McNeil (519)
The 19-year-old Englishman is one of only 13 players to start for Burnley this season; Sean Dyche does not like change.
Dwight McNeil, once a part of United’s Academy, is now on 7 assists from 28 PL appearances. Only 19 and already a key player for them.
— Mark Owens (@OwenzyMUFC) September 21, 2019
9) Leicester City – 536 minutes
Hamza Choudhury (306)
Harvey Barnes (230)
Extend the criteria to 22-year-olds and you would capture James Maddison, Youri Tielemans, Wildred Ndidi and Ben Chilwell. The future looks very bright indeed.
7=) West Ham – 540 minutes
Declan Rice (540)
7=) Liverpool – 540 minutes
Trent Alexander-Arnold (540)
Our first every-minute (young) men. But both managers are reluctant to blood further.
6) Southampton – 590 minutes
Yan Valery (233)
Kevin Danso (209)
Moussa Djenepro (124)
Michael Obafemi (24)
Ralph Hasenhuttl is changing things at Southampton. And at least one of those young men has a very bright future.
ICYMI: Moussa Djenepo’s goal for Southampton was pretty sweet 😍pic.twitter.com/LpaYPEp6oA
— Goal (@goal) August 25, 2019
5) Bournemouth – 811 minutes
Aaron Ramsdale (540)
Chris Mepham (271)
Eddie Howe is changing things at Bournemouth too.
4) Arsenal – 985 minutes
Matteo Guendouzi (513)
Joe Willock (284)
Reiss Nelson (136)
Bukayo Saka (46)
Gabriel Martinelli (6)
Yes, Arsenal are chaotic but they are entertaining. And they are definitely pivoting towards youth.
Matteo Guendouzi, at 20, indisputably ran the 2nd half of a Premier League match today single-handedly. Ups & downs (poor marking for Aston Villa’s 1st goal) granted at this age, but in a far less glamorous way he might be the most enthralling French prospect since Kylian Mbappé.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) September 22, 2019
3) Chelsea – 1501 minutes
Mason Mount (540)
Tammy Abraham (408)
Christian Pulisic (277)
Fikayo Tomori (270)
Billy Gilmour (6)
Three of Frank Lampard’s first-choice XI are 21 or under. It’s that kind of statistic that distracts from the points total.
2) Manchester United – 1588 minutes
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (540)
Marcus Rashford (506)
Daniel James (465)
Mason Greenwood (47)
Tahith Chong (20)
Angel Gomes (9)
Axel Tuanzebe (1)
And two of those kids are now undroppable. And we really should keep remembering that Rashford is still just 21.
1) Norwich City – 1968 minutes
Ben Godfrey (540)
Jamal Lewis (540)
Todd Cantwell (528)
Max Aarons (360)
That would be Norwich, just casually producing a whole generation of young players…
Good news for @NorwichCityFC – Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey & Todd Cantwell set to be called up for the first time by the England u21s on Friday. A reward for their impressive starts in the Premier League #ncfc
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) August 29, 2019