Transfer market big spenders Chelsea top Premier League ranking of home-grown players

February 17 – Only two clubs in Europe’s Big 5 leagues have fielded home-grown players for more than 50% of the total minutes played this season – Athletic Club in LaLiga (56.6%; 13 players ‘trained’), and Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1 (52.2%; 11).

The data from the CIES Football Observatory ranks 417 teams from 27 European top divisions according to the percentage of minutes played by club-trained [players who have been at the club for at least three years between the seasons of their 15th and 21st birthdays.

Chelsea, who went big in the transfer market in 2022, and Brighton & Hove Albion top the list in the English Premier League (26.9%), SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga (31.0%), and AS Roma in Italian Serie A (17.8%), as well as SL Benfica in the Portuguese Primeira Liga (25.8%).

The report finds that thirty-three teams are at the bottom of the ranking with no club trained player being fielded this season. Among them are 11 big-5 league clubs: one from Ligue 1 (Olympique de Marseille), one from the Premier League (Brentford FC), one from the Bundesliga (Union Berlin), three from the Liga (Cádiz, Getafe and Almería), and five from Serie A (Bologna, Lecce, Udinese, Cremonese and Salernitana).

The highest proportions were measured for the Slovakians of MŠK Žilina (73.3% of minutes by 16 players trained).

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