In a study of Premier League clubs using homegrown players, Manchester United have came out on top so far this season.

The CIES Football Observatory have shown what percentage of minutes this season have been played by ‘club-trained’ (homegrown) players at each Premier League club.

Manchester United (20%) just edging out Arsenal (19%) with eight matches played.

The definition used for homegrown/club-trained players is those who have spent at least three seasons at that club between the ages of 15 and 21.

In terms of the Premier League overall, the average is only 8%, which compares badly with most other top leagues.

Spanish clubs with 17% of minutes played by club-trained player , Germany 16% and France 15%. Only Italy (5%) of the major European leagues is worse than the Premier League.

Whilst Manchester United have players such as Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira, who all qualify as club-trained.

For Newcastle United, it looks as though only Paul Dummett qualifies so far this season, solely responsible for the 8% of minutes played by NUFC club-trained.

Whilst Sean Longstaff and Freddie Woodman are in Newcastle’s first team squad, there appears little sign of them getting a chance at the minute.

The longer-term prospects are bleak, with the recently released Newcastle United Fans Forum minutes saw the club (Mike Ashley) state that they saw little point in making proper investment in the NUFC Academy as they perceived it to have little chance of producing first team players.

Percentage of minutes given to club-trained players as compiled by the CIES Football Observatory:

Manchester United – 20%

Arsenal – 19%

Tottenham – 16%

Brighton and Hove Albion – 15%

Crystal Palace – 15%

Fulham – 13%

West Ham United – 11%

Everton – 10%

Cardiff City – 9%

Liverpool – 9%

Huddersfield Town – 9%

Leicester City – 9%

Newcastle United – 8%

Southampton – 2%

Burnley – 1%

Chelsea – 1%

Manchester City -1%

Watford -1%

Wolverhampton Wanderers -1%

Bournemouth – 0%



  • mentalman

    Does ayoze not qualify as homegrown

    • Wor Lass

      He was 21 when he signed for us.

      • mentalman

        I looked after i posted, for some reason i thought he was a lot younger than he is

  • GlasgowMag

    I had a discussion with a Man City fan on this forum about them buying the league and Pep being no more than a cheque book manager. His argument was the owners had built their multi million pound youth academy and players were starting to come through 1% I rest my case!! One thing I have noticed about their academy they seem to attract a lot of talented youngsters farm them out on loan and sell them on at a profit without them even getting a game for their first team, is this the main reason why they invested in this Academy I wonder!!!

    • Ram Kishore

      Chelsea model

    • mentalman

      It helps with ffp

  • Wor Lass

    The one that surprises me is Southampton. It wasn`t long ago that they were playing loads of lads who had come through their youth system and were aiming to put out a whole starting 11 of them.