When it comes to age, where does this Newcastle United squad compare to the rest of the Premier League?

A lot of people expected Rafa Benitez to go for experience in this transfer market but the five signings so far have had an average age of only 23.

Players setting out on their careers rather than in the twilight and looking for that final contract to end their playing days with.

This has helped to deliver an average age in the Newcastle United squad of only 25.7, the second lowest of the Premier League, only Liverpool (25.1) having a younger group of senior players.

Clubs such as West Brom, Watford and West Ham all having squads with an average age three years older than Newcastle’s. The Hammers going for the likes of 29 year old Hernandez and 30 year old Hart, valuing experience over relative youth.

Average age of Premier League squads (stats via Transfermarkt)

28.6 West Brom

28.1 Watford

28.1 West Ham

27.7 Burnley

27.6 Leicester City

27.4 Brighton

27.4 Stoke City

27.3 Swansea City

27.1 Crystal Palace

27.0 Arsenal

26.9 Everton

26.5 Manchester City

26.5 Bournemouth

26.2 Huddersfield

26.3 Chelsea

26.2 Southampton

25.9 Manchester United

25.8 Tottenham

25.7 Newcastle United

25.1 Liverpool