Following the heroics of England’s U17 World Cup winning team, which saw the likes of Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster and Manchester City’s Phil Foden draw worldwide acclaim for their performances in India, bookmaker bwin has analysed all of the teenage debutants from the last 10 years in the Premier League to discover which clubs are making the most of their youth academies and which clubs are choosing to ignore potential stars within their own team.
One of the main talking points coming out of the World Cup win is how far these youngster can go, and based on the research, it looks like Rhian Brewster could make his first team debut quicker than any of his fellow teammates. It also reveals that the likes of Phil Foden, who won the award of Golden Boy, will struggle to break into City’s first team and star elsewhere.
- Signs are good for top goalscorer Rhian Brewster – Liverpool have given the most debuts to teenage players and are the most prolific poachers of young talent – 24 debutants have made 350 appearances, averaging only 15 appearances each. They’ve also signed 10 youngsters from other clubs, including Henderson and Sakho.
- Foden, Latibeaudiere and Anderson likely to struggle – Manchester City’s teenage debutants average only 9 appearances for the club – 17 teenage debutants have made a total of just 149 appearances, with the most successful being Iheanacho (46 appearances) and Jesus already in 3rd despite only being signed in January (16 appearances)
- McEachran, Guehi, Panzo and Hudson-Odoi won’t make the first team – Chelsea are the worst club for promoting youth in their team – 17 teenage debuts have made a total of 106 appearances, averaging only 6 appearances each before making 90% of total career appearances at other clubs (Loftus Cheek is the most successful graduate with Lukaku being among their biggest losses.
- Arsenal are the best club for promoting youth and they tend to stick around – the 21 players have racked up 934 appearances for the club, averaging 44 appearances each and 73% of their total career appearances have been at the club (success stories include Ramsey, Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain). Great news for Emile Smith Rowe – who played from the bench in India.
- Manchester United are the 2nd best club for producing young talent, but majority of appearances are for their rivals – 20 debutants have gone on to make 1,184 appearances in Europe’s top leagues, but only 48% have been for the club, averaging 28 appearances each (Rafael, Pogba and Welbeck are among the success stories)
- Tottenham are least likely to promote youth, but those that do get a chance make the most appearances – only 10 teenagers have been given Premier League debuts but they have made 701 appearances, averaging 70 appearances each (success stories include Kane, Bale and Walker)
- Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City are very poor at giving their own players a chance, but are among the most prolific at signing teenagers from elsewhere – each club has signed 9 players from other top European leagues, including the likes of Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling and Ben Davies
Highlights from other elite clubs in other top European leagues:
- Lyon are the best club in Europe for promoting youth – 29 teenage debutants have made a total of 1,035 appearances for the club, almost 1800 in total across Europe’s top leagues (success stories include Lacazette)
- Athletic Madrid have the 2nd best academy in Europe – 18 debutants have made over 1700 appearances across Europe’s top leagues. Koke is among the best to stay (227 appearances) but De Gea left for Manchester United after only 57!
- Barcelona have the 3rd best academy in Europe – Barcelona’s 17 teenage debutants have made 485 appearances for the club (33% of their total career appearances) before making over 1,000 appearances elsewhere
- Real Madrid are half as likely to promote youth as rivals Barcelona – 11 teenage debutants have made just 150 appearances, only 17% of their career appearances
- Juventus are the worst club in Europe for promoting youth with just 4 appearances each – 17 teenage debutants have made just 60 appearances and only 8% of career appearances are at the club
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