Interesting stats revealed as to how many Premier League minutes both Newcastle and Sunderland’s young players got last season, compared to the other 18 clubs.

The minutes were totalled up for those players at each club who aren’t incuded in the 25 man Premier League senior squad, but qualify as extra players who can be used as they were rated as Under 21s.

So how do you think ourselves and the mackems did?

The figures were published by Sky and their story was based on how bad things are now in England compared to the other big European Leagues.

Out of the total minutes played in each league, this is the percentage by players rated as Under 21:

Ligue 1 – 12.1%

La Liga – 8.0%

Bundesliga – 7.8%

Serie A – 5.5%

Premier League – 5.3 %

Obviously, it is a quite shocking figure for the Premier League, reflecting the tendency to rely more on experienced players than giving younger players a chance, plus also the tactic of bringing in generally older ready made players from abroad.

Here are the minutes played by Under 21 players at each Premier League club over the course of the 2014/15 season:

Liverpool – 19.8%

Tottenham – 18.9%

Arsenal – 12.4%

Everton – 11.2%

Man Utd – 10.7%

WBA – 7.8%

Newcastle – 7.2%

Southampton – 5.9%

Hull City – 4.1%

Aston Villa – 2.2%

Chelsea – 2.2%

West Ham – 1.4%

QPR – 1.0%

Swansea – 0.4%

Man City – 0.4%

Leicester – 0.2%

Burnley – 0.2%

Crystal Palace – 0.1%

Sunderland – 0%

Stoke – 0%

Obviously Newcastle come out of this relatively well with the seventh highest number of minutes, Sunderland less so…

However, their position sums up how often it is simply down to opportunity.

An overwhelming amount of NUFC’s 7.2% is down to Ayoze Perez, the young Spaniard getting opportunities down to Cisse’s absences due to injury and suspension, as well as the failures of players such as Ferreyra and Riviere.

Ayoze Perez started 25 Premier League matches and came on as a sub in 11.

I can only see three other Newcastle Under 21s who also featured:

Rolando Aarons – 4 substitute appearances

Adam Armstrong – 1 start and 10 sub appearances

Jak Alnwick – 5 starts and 1 sub appearance

At the end of January when Newcastle United had to put in their 25 man senior squad after the transfer window, this was the Under 21 squad named by NUFC (Lascelles named for some reason, even though NUFC later confirmed he wasn’t eligible to play for Newcastle at all this season)

Under-21 players (Contract and Scholars)

*Rolando Aarons, *Jak Alnwick, *Adam Armstrong, *James Atkinson, *Daniel Barlaser, *Gael Bigirimana,*Stefan Broccoli,*Kyle Cameron, *Adam Campbell, *Luke Charman, *Jamie Cobain, *Ben Drennan, Liam Gibson, Macauley Gillesphey, *Alex Gilliead, Curtis Good, Ayoze Perez,*Andrew Hall, Andrew, Tom Heardman, *Jamie Holmes, *Jack Hunter, *Louis Johnson, Olivier Kemen, *Joseph Kerridge, Adam Laidler, *Jamaal Lascelles, *Sean Longstaff, Kevin Mbabu, Ryan McKinnon, *Michael Newberry, Greg Olley, *Brendan Pearson, *Ben Pollock, Jonathyn Quinn, *Callum Roberts, Lubomir Satka, *Ben Smith, Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry, *Jordan Storey, *Remie Streete, *Lewis Suddick, *Allan Trodd, *Daniel Ward, *Callum Williams, *Frederick Woodman, *Paul Woolston