Sunday 15 December 2019

Manchester United have more homegrown players than any other Premier League club – despite £150m spree

Darren Fletcher
Darren Fletcher

Ben Rumsby

Manchester United still have the most homegrown players in the Premier League – despite jettisoning Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley during their £150 million summer spending spree.

United were criticised for abandoning their policy of promoting youth upon signing the likes of Radamel Falcao and Ángel di María towards the end of the transfer window.

But, according to a new report by Prime Time Sport into the market, United still have seven players classed as homegrown, more than any other club.

They are Ben Amos, Jonny Evans, Tyler Blackett, Rafael, Darren Fletcher, Jesse Lingard, and Adnan Januzaj.

Arsenal have the joint next highest representation with six, including the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere – a figure matched by Aston Villa.

Liverpool and Newcastle United are next on five, with the Merseysiders’ contingent led by Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling – although summer signing Rickie Lambert also counts having originally come through the club’s youth system.

Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers and Hull City, meanwhile, do not have any homegrown players in their squads.

The report unveiled at the Soccerex Global Convention also found that Manchester City’s squad had the highest average age, 28.

United (25.5), Arsenal (25.4) and Liverpool (25.2), however, were all the among the youngest, with only Newcastle (25.1) younger.

The report said 67 per cent of Premier League players were foreign, down from last season’s 70 per cent but still massively more than Europe’s other four big leagues. The Bundesliga was next on 53 per cent.

However, it said investment in English players had tripled, with £162m spent on English players, 20 per cent of overall expenditure.

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