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Smallest and largest squads, homegrown totals, most transfers, most loans. All the figures.

by Andrew Crawshaw

Following the publication of the Pl Squads I thought you might be interested in a quick Summary.

The smallest squads

Wolves have the smallest senior squad with just 19 players (7 homegrown, 12 not).  Bournemouth (16 homegrown and 5 not) and Manchester City (4 homegrown and 17 not) have 21 senior players.

Homegrown vs Foreign

There are a total of 474 players registered across the 20 clubs of whom 203 are homegrown and 271 aren’t.  Thus the homegrown contingent represent 42.8% of the total (probably higher than many of us would suspect).

This overall percentage hides some big anomalies:-

  • Burnley have the highest number of homegrown players 19 out of 25 or 72%
  • Bournemouth with 16 out of 21 have an even higher percentage of 76%

At the other end of the scale are 

  • Man City with 4 out of 21 or 19% 
  • Huddersfield with 6 out of 23 or 26%
  • Liverpool  and West Ham with 7 out of 23 or 30%
  • Tottenham with 7 out of 24 or 29%
  • Wolverhampton with 7 out of 19 or 37%

However whilst the number of homegrown players at Wolverhampton is low, given their small squad size it actually represents a decent percentage which is close to the League average.

Total number of affiliated players

There are close to 1000 players affiliated with the PL Clubs who are between the ages of 16 and under 21 years old, the vast majority of these will count as home grown.  They will form their Clubs U18, U21 and U23 squads. 

Past experience indicates that fewer than 5% (say 50 players) will ultimately end up as regular starters for PL Clubs such is the attrition rate. 

Manchester City with 64, Everton and Liverpool with 57 and Chelsea with 56 have the highest numbers, Cardiff (34), Newcastle (39) and Watford (23) the fewest.

Here is the table of clubs showing the breakdown of players and transfers

The highest numbers are in red…

Club Players Over 21 No of Players U21 Transfers
Total Home Grown Non-Home grown In Out Out on Loan
AFC Bournemouth 21 16 5 46 3 11 4
Arsenal 24 8 16 47 5 18 7
Brighton 25 8 17 51 16 10 11
Burnley 25 19 6 46 5 5 6
Cardiff 25 18 7 34 6 2 2
Chelsea 25 9 16 56 4 5 29
Crystal Palace 25 13 12 40 4 4 4
Everton 23 13 10 57 7 6 14
Fulham 24 8 16 46 12 3 7
Huddersfield 23 6 17 46 9 14 3
Leicester 25 12 13 54 7 8 7
Liverpool 23 7 16 57 4 7 15
Man City 21 4 17 64 4 8 12
Man United 24 10 14 55 3 4 9
Newcastle 25 10 15 39 7 8 5
Southampton 25 13 12 51 5 9 8
Tottenham 24 7 17 53 0 2 5
Watford 25 8 17 42 7 7 8
West Ham 23 7 16 51 10 6 6
Wolverhampton 19 7 12 58 16 17 13
Totals 474 203 271 993

I have also included the numbers of players transferred In and out as well as those out on loan.

As ever Chelsea remain the undisputed Leaders of the Loan market with no fewer than 28 players loaned out to clubs all over this Country and Europe.  Here is the full list, it remains a mystery to us at Untold why this is an integral part of their business model.  Most will never play for Chelsea so why youngsters continue to be attracted to the club from overseas is difficult to understand:-

  1. Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich) Loan Details
  2. Nathan Baxter (Yeovil) Loan Details
  3. Reece James (Wigan) Loan Details
  4. Dujon Sterling (Coventry) Loan Details
  5. Lewis Baker (Leeds) Loan Details
  6. Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse) Loan Details
  7. Danilo Pantic (Partizan) Loan Details
  8. Eduardo (Vitesse) Loan Details
  9. Kenedy (Newcastle) Loan Details
  10. Jhoao Rodriguez (Tenerife) Loan Details
  11. Jamal Blackman (Leeds) Loan Details
  12. Todd Kane (Hull) Loan Details
  13. Mason Mount (Derby) Loan Details
  14. Mario Pasalic (Atalanta) Loan Details
  15. Nathan (Atletico Mineiro) Loan Details
  16. Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) Loan Details
  17. Victorien Angban (Metz) Loan Details
  18. Kasey Palmer (Blackburn) Loan Details
  19. Kyle Scott (Telstar) Loan Details
  20. Michy Batshuayi (Valencia) Loan Details
  21. Kurt Zouma (Everton) Loan Details
  22. Tiemoue Bakayoko (AC Milan) Loan Details
  23. Ola Aina (Torino) Loan Details
  24. Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes) Loan Details
  25. Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) Loan Details
  26. Isaiah Brown (Leeds United) Loan Details
  27. Ike Ugbo (Scunthorpe) Loan Details
  28. Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan Details
  29. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) Loan Details

As we know, Tottenham brought in no new players, while at the other end of the spectrum Wolves, despite having the smallest over 21 squad had by far the biggest turnover of players – 16 incoming and 17 leaving permanently with a further 13 out on Loan.  Brighton also brought in 16 new players.  

Time will tell if these strategies were a bold or foolhardy move.

 

 

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