The Premier League is now basically the ‘world league’.
Each weekend on average, only around 30% of the 220 players who start PL matches qualify to play for England.
So just how far flung are each club’s players in terms of where they originate from.
In a bit of an extreme exercise, Sky Sports calculated the direct mileage between each club stadium and the birthplaces of all players in England’s top four tiers who have played 90 league minutes or more this season.
If you look at the top and bottom tables below, no prizes for guessing which end the Premier League clubs are at.
Top of the league is AFC Wimbledon, with their players on average being born only 55 miles from the club they play for – no Premier League clubs feature in the top twenty.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are 15 Premier League clubs in the bottom 20, with Newcastle United in 83rd place – only nine clubs having their average player coming from further away.
On average, each Newcastle player was born 1440 miles away from St James Park, though that pales into insignificance compared to Manchester City’s average of 3089 miles.
The increased funds for Premier League clubs as from next year, is sure to see the net spread ever further.
Top of the league (table via Sky Sports)…
Bottom of the league…
Bit of a surprise to see Middlesbrough there, one of only two non-Premier League clubs in the bottom 15.