The Premier League is less than a week old but already it feels like it has never been away.

The transfer deadline was brought forward to before the season kicked off, meaning no players can now be added once the season is underway.

So now all fans know what their Premier League squad is, unless players are loaned or sold abroad in the remainder of this month (in the case of most major leagues), or loaned to clubs in England below the top tier.

Sky Sports have analysed all the Premier League squads and came up with some interesting comparison between the 20 clubs.

Average age of current squad member

The youngest squads are Wolves 24 years 8 months, and then Southampton, Everton and Fulham at 24 years 9 months.

As for oldest, you have Burnley 28 years 0 months, Brighton 27 years 6 months and Cardiff 27 years 3 months.

Newcastle United sit right in the middle on 10th, at an average 25 years 9 months.

Average height of current squad member (cm):

The tallest squads are Watford 185.4cm average, then Huddersfield 184.7cm.

As for shortest, Man City 179.7cm and Bournemouth 181.2cm.

Once again Newcastle United sit right in the middle on 10th, at an average of 182.9cm.

English players as a proportion of squad:

The most English squads are Bournemouth 64%, Southampton 55% and Cardiff 52%.

As for least English, Arsenal 15% and Huddersfield 19%.

Newcastle United once again around middle with the 9th most English squad at 33%.

Premier League experience (number of PL appearances):

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As you can see, the most experienced squads in terms of Premier League appearances are Man Utd 3009 and Chelsea 2869.

As for those with the least PL appearances, you have Wolves 232, Fulham 340 and Cardiff 418.

Newcastle United are 15th this time with 1,625 PL appearances between them.

The stand out thing here is that the three clubs most recently promoted are the very bottom three, then the next three promoted before them (including Newcastle), are the next lowest.


For Newcastle United it suggests that we have a squad which is in the middle/average in terms of height, age and proportion of English players. Though towards the bottom when it comes to Premier League experience.

What they can’t measure is ability (nor in this case is it talking about money spent) and lets hope Newcastle United prove to have enough of that.

  • TheFatController

    I can’t wait to see what Gordon strachan gets out of this squad in a year’s time.

    Imagine how delighted we’ll all be when he doesn’t moan about spending £20m on players because he knows which side his bread’s buttered and won’t ever get another job like this one.

    Meanwhile Rafa signs on for the dole, hopelessly cut adrift as a coach just as the trolls suggested given he’s not very good.

    It may not be Strachan, but for some reason I didn’t choose to call him ‘Pep’. Or Poch. Or Klopp.

    • ghostrider

      We got Rafa didn’t we and world class manager Rafa who has integrity and massive attention to detail actually came to the club in the hope of getting a job.
      Imagine that.
      What could that mean in terms of what was on Rafa’s mind?

  • Leazes.

    How many Northumbrian Players are there? There was a time when we wanted to make a squad entirely of Geordies….. there doesn’t seem to be many in the whole of the Premiership! Not even enough to make a team. I can’t think of many at all.

    Where has Tyneside’s hotbed gone?

    • Wor Lass

      You need to go and whistle down a coal mine. Oh! hang on …

      • Leazes.

        Or the Shipyards…..I think the sausage factory has gone as well.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      when i was a lad i think Burnley had the most players from up here

      • Leazes.

        Yes that was down to them having a permanent scout hanging around…..Shearer’s mate

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        A great pal of mine the late Jack Hickson signed them all. Another scout Bill Emery took Bryan Robson to West Brom along with many others. Shearer and Lawrie Mac went to Jacks funeral.

        • Mirandinha9

          Lawrie Mac’s scouting framework at the Saints in the late 70s and early 80s was phenomenal.

  • Wor Lass

    What a complete and utter waste of someone`s time writing that! And a bigger waste of mine reading it. What a revelation – the teams most newly promoted to the PL have the players with least experience of playing there.

    • Kneebotherm8

      “Statin’ the bleedin’ obvious”springs to mind with that”revelation”……..

  • mentalman

    An article yesterday criticising MA for an aging squad and then one today saying the squad age is average in the league.

    I wonder what we’ll get tomorrow

    • TheFatController

      Another day with a lack of ambition from the club?

      • mentalman

        The clubs fulfilling its ambitions, unfortunately its different to the teams and fans