Welcome to a new running series where I’ll be keeping track of how much game time is being given to English players aged 23 or below this season.
Below, you’ll find a table ranking each club by the number of minutes they have given English u23 players. There’s also additional information on how many u23 players they’ve played, and what their current league position is.
So, who is giving the England youth a chance, and who isn’t?
Table created after 11 Premier League games.
|Pos||Club||No. Players||Mins (Total)||League Pos|
(Minutes taken from WhoScored)
Despite their struggles this season, Everton have relied upon English youth more than any other side. Encouragingly, minutes have been given to three of England’s u20 World Cup winners: Jonjoe Kenny, Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Jordan Pickford has played every minute of the Premier League campaign so far and recently featured for the England senior team against Germany. Tom Davies, now a member of the u21 squad, is picking up from his breakthrough last season, while Mason Holgate is enjoying a run of games as well.
At the other end of the table, Tottenham are the most successful team using u23 English players. Dele Alli and Eric Dier continue to be key members of Mauricio Pochettino’s team, while Harry Winks is establishing himself after injury. Kyle Walker-Peters, another u20 World Cup winner, received some game time when he covered for Kieran Trippier.
The bulk of Swansea’s minutes have been given to Alfie Mawson and Tammy Abraham. Both were a part of the u21 squad that reached the semi-finals of last summer’s European Championships. Abraham received his first senior cap against Germany. City’s minutes are shared between John Stones and Raheem Sterling, both regulars in the City and England teams. Southampton remain committed to giving youth a chance and frequently rely on Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, both “graduates” of the England u21 side.
Other youth team graduates include Lewis Cook, who captained the u20 side to success, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has a single Premier League minute. He, at least, has been a regular for Arsenal in cup competitions, albeit out of position.
At the bottom, Burnley’s position is something of a surprise. Their squad is predominantly home-grown, but their youngest members, Nick Pope and James Tarkowski, are a year too old to be included. Chelsea’s position is no surprise, given their long-standing aversion to giving young players a chance in their first team squad. The one saving grace for them is that they own Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham, who are both featuring regularly on loan.