The CIES Football Observatory has come up with its weekly post and this time they have shown the U-21 players who have received the maximum amount of game time this season for their respective clubs.
As per the CIES: “Overall, footballers born on or after 1st of January 1997 have played 15.4% of total domestic league minutes in the French Ligue 1, 14.7% in the German Bundesliga, 9.8% in the Italian Serie A, 6.1% in the Spanish Liga, 5.3% in the English Premier League and a mere 5.0% in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.”
And the list clearly shows how the so-called big six clubs of the Premier League are shying away from using young players.
Top 10 fielded U-21 players(Premier League):
- Ruben Neves – Wolves.
2. Aaron Van Bissaka – Crystal Palace.
3. Joe Gomez – Liverpool.
4. Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham.
5. Issa Diop – West Ham.
6. Trent Alexander Arnold – Liverpool.
7. Richarlison – Everton.
8. David Brooks – Bournemouth.
9. Declan Rice – West Ham.
10. Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Fulham.
The only big club on the list are Liverpool who had regularly fielded Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander Arnold. This goes on to show that despite spending heavily on players, Jurgen Klopp is also giving the youngsters a chance.
West Ham too are represented well via Diop and Declan Rice but the latter might not remain at the club for too long as a number of clubs are eyeing a move for the midfielder.
There is no sign of the likes of Man United, Man City and not even Arsenal – a club famous for nurturing young talents.
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