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New Report Suggests Newcastle Policy Is On Right Lines

11 years ago

A new report points strongly to investing in young players is more than ever a key success factor, which suggests Newcastle United are very much on the right lines in that respect. In the last couple of years Newcastle’s focus has been on recruiting players under certain age who will stand a chance of increasing in value, rather than players at the end of their careers.

In the CIES Football Observatory Annual Review, taking in all major leagues, the average age of players fielded by champions was lower than that of runner-up teams. All title winners are among the ten youngest clubs in their respective league. As in the 2010/11 season, the youngest champions were German (Dortmund, average age 24.5), while the oldest was Italian (Juventus, 28.0).

With the exception of Italian champions Juventus, the highest percentage of minutes among champions was played by footballers aged between 22 and 26. However, leading the way with players under 22 years of age were the English and German runner-ups: Manchester United (25% of minutes) and Bayern Munich (22%). In terms of longer term strategy, giving a chance to young talents will pay dividends.

Whether Newcastle United’s squad is big enough is a totally different matter/argument.

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