Ranking every Premier League club by U-21 minutes

Date published: Saturday 21st November 2020 2:10 - Will Ford

Manchester City are the big climbers from last season while United go the other way. We count the minutes played by players aged 21 and under in the top flight this season.


19=) Fulham – 0 minutes
Pretty much.


19=) Tottenham – 0 minutes
The Spurs production line has stalled.


18) Aston Villa – 14 minutes
Jacob Ramsey (14)

Villa’s academy, eh? What’s the point?


17) Newcastle – 29 minutes
Matty Longstaff (29)

The younger (and better?) Longstaff has started five Premier League games since his winner at Old Trafford in October last season.


16) Everton – 114 minutes
Niels Nkounkou (69)
Anthony Gordon (32)
Moise Kean (13)

Kean has also played 494 minutes for the Champions League runners-up on loan, scoring five goals.


15) Liverpool – 123 minutes
Curtis Jones (123)

A bleak, bleak future at Anfield.


14) Southampton – 192 minutes
William Smallbone (112)
Nathan Tella (48)
Ibrahima Diallo (18)
Michael Obafemi (13)
Daniel N’Lunulu (1)

Ralph Hasenhuttl playing at playing the youth.


13) Manchester United – 277 minutes
Mason Greenwood (277)

A big drop from third last season, mainly because footballers get older.


12) Leicester – 496 minutes
Wesley Fofana (360)
Luke Thomas (136)

£32million for a 19-year-old and it’s a goddamn bargain.


11) Sheffield United – 537 minutes
Ethan Ampadu (304)
Rhian Brewster (233)

233 minutes of frustration for Rhian Brewster, thus far.


10) Crystal Palace – 540 minutes
Tyrick Mitchell (540)

A Crystal Palace full-back topping the Premier League tackling charts. £50million United bid incoming.


9) Burnley – 630 minutes
Dwight McNeil (630)

McNeil continues to change the Burnley bedpans. Ten of the 19 players to feature for Sean Dyche’s side this season are 30 or older; only four are under 28.


8) Arsenal – 656 minutes
Bukayo Saka (511)
Eddie Nketiah (145)

Saka may have been overawed on England duty (he wasn’t), but Mikel Arteta has faith.



7) West Ham – 761 minutes
Declan Rice (720)
Ben Johnson (41)

Rice, at 21, is the leader of this West Ham team. Like an uncle, to the likes of Ben…


6) West Brom – 831 minutes
Dara O’Shea (450)
Conor Gallagher (360)
Rekeem Harper (21)

Don’t expect the Baggies to be this high come the end of the season. Big Branislav Ivanovic now appears to have the nod over O’Shea.


5) Manchester City – 847 minutes
Phil Foden (387)
Ferran Torres (241)
Eric Garcia (180)
Liam Delap (39)

Pep Guardiola has a new contract, Spain’s hat-trick hero and a playmaker Gazza would have been proud of.



4) Brighton – 969 minutes
Tariq Lamptey (633)
Aaron Connolly (293)
Alexis Mac Allister (43)

Top of the pops last season, Tariq Lamptey has been an excellent addition to the young blood.


3) Wolves – 1092 minutes
Pedro Neto (652)
Ruben Vinagre (172)
Rayan Ait-Nori (166)
Fabio Silva (52)
Ki-Jana Hoever (29)
Vitinha (21)

Four of the eight summer signings were U-21. Nuno Espirito Santo’s planning ahead.


2) Leeds – 1464 minutes
Illan Meslier (720)
Pascal Struijk (257)
Tyler Roberts (217)
Ian Poveda (133)
Jamie Shackleton (124)
Leif Davis (13)

Leeds tie with Wolves for the most U-21 players to feature this season.


1) Chelsea – 1792 minutes
Kai Havertz (554)
Reece James (543)
Mason Mount (540)
Callum Hudson-Odoi (155)

Old hands Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic now just miss out, Billy Gilmour waits in the wings; Gallagher and Ampadu are getting Premier League minutes elsewhere. Chelsea have gone from old and leggy under Maurizio Sarri to having the most exciting young squad in the division. Fair play, Frank.

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