Date: 21st July 2017 at 9:15am
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Arsenal leaned more heavily on their academy than any other Premier League club last season, a Press Association Sport study has found.

The investigation discovered that 19.4 per cent of Arsenal’s total top-flight minutes were played by graduates of their youth set-up, with six players contributing to that tally.

Manchester United fielded more of their own academy graduates than any other top-flight side – 10 – but as a percentage of minutes played overall that equated to 17.1 per cent, with a number of youngsters fielded in the run-in as the Europa League became manager Jose Mourinho’s priority.

The study looked at which academies players finished their youth careers at, with playing time calculated from publicly available data on soccerway.com.

Of the Arsenal six, only Kieran Gibbs and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are still eligible to play for England. Maitland-Niles was part of England’s victorious squad at the Under-20 World Cup earlier this summer.

The single biggest contributor to the Arsenal homegrown tally was Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin, who played 2,498 league minutes.

Bournemouth had the highest percentage of players developed in the UK youth system in their total, at 90.3 per cent. However, the Cherries’ own academy accounted for only 0.1 per cent thanks to a single substitute appearance apiece for Baily Cargill and Matt Worthington.

Burnley were the only side to use players developed exclusively in the UK or Europe, with UK-developed players accounting for 85 per cent.

However, the Clarets were one of only two sides who did not give a single minute of action to one of their own academy products, along with Swansea.

Manchester City had the lowest total of UK-developed players, with just 14 per cent of their minutes played total made up of footballers from the UK system. They also had the greatest proportion – 41 per cent – of players developed outside Europe.

Kelechi Iheanacho was the only City academy graduate to be used in the Premier League by Pep Guardiola, and even then sparingly – for a paltry 526 minutes.

Watford‘s percentage of UK-developed players was the second-lowest, at 17.2 per cent.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Camus

    How’s it going in the Nike sweatshops these days?
    Let’s find out.

    http://www.dailyuw.com/news/article_8fe931d0-1a77-11e7-a2e0-2f95bfad5f4f.html

    Fakniel.

    • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

      If it’s that bad in the ‘official’ manufacturers, and I’m sure it is, how much worse must it be in the factories run by the criminal gangs?

      • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

        Perhaps you could do some digging and find out? We’re solving the world’s problems one at a time here.

        • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 10:57 am

          What would be the point? You want your shirt and you want it now! and cheap. After all, the 5 year olds forced to make the shirts for you ought to be grateful for the 50p a week they’re making; the little yellow bastards.

          • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

            Exactly. Just like the ones at Nike. Sacked on the spot if they yawn. Fackin’ little cretins.

          • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 11:25 am

            *Some of them are only yellow because of their blood diseases.

      • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

        Still, as long as we get what we want for pennies, who gives a sh*t? Or, if you can’t afford it – can’t have it.

        • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

          Can’t we just get all the illegals in Haringey to make em? Birds and stones and all that?

          • Aussie in Switzerland July 21, 2017 at 4:06 pm

            Last time in U.K. It looked like you had plenty enough illegals already

        • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

          Exactly. Like that replica fishtail parka that was going for £140-odd. Just a fraction of your disposable income. Can’t afford it? Can’t have it.

          • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

            Ah. You got me. I’ve got a replica fishtail parka. Oh, wait! No, you haven’t got me. My fishtail parka was made in Germany, by adults, on a wage set by the EU. Try again?

            • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 11:09 am

              £125.00 plus p+p of about £20.00 at the time. On sale now at £95.00 – grab yourself an ethical, fur-free bargain now!

              As a (perennial) student £125.00 plus p+p of about £20.00 was significantly more than my (non-existant) disposable income, but I did want it, I made the sacrifices necessary to get it, and now I’ve got it.

              • Camus July 21, 2017 at 11:12 am

                That’s an incredible story. Do you want to hear mine about how I’ve spent roughly £200 on merchandise at the online Spurs shop over the past 3 seasons through intelligent budgeting over time, or are you not really that interested? Let me know.

                • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 11:18 am

                  You said I hadn’t answered your point. I had. You don’t like my answer? Then don’t ask questions. So now you want to move the debate away from the answers you don’t like, fine.

                  No, I couldn’t give a monkey’s about the crap you’ve bought from the club, how much you’re spent over how long a period.

                  • Camus July 21, 2017 at 11:19 am

                    That’s a shame. You’re my favourite pastime.

                    • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 11:21 am

                      That’s good, because every time you put that shirt on you’ll remember this conversation with me.

                      Going out for lunch now.

                    • Camus July 21, 2017 at 11:23 am

                      That’s bizarre. I genuinely won’t. See ya next time 👋🏻

            • Camus July 21, 2017 at 11:10 am

              But my point was about “Can’t afford it. Can’t have it.” For a £140 coat. So you’re on a different point now. Bravo all the same. You did great moving onto another point.

              • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

                I think I answered your point – a minute before you tried to wriggle away from the debate. Bravo? To me? Thank you.

                • Camus July 21, 2017 at 11:14 am

                  Yeah, Bravo. The Man City keeper.

  • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Still Nil Nil
    That’ll be two of you on ere then!!!
    Nah I’m not confident enough to do all that.

    Why not transfer the money to one of your online chums and ask them to do it?

  • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Daniel Primus

    Lyall Thomas Tweets

    #Thfc doing nothing they haven’t in last four windows. Will add the right players or none at all.
    Mauricio Pochettino on transfers: “We might add a few players but I’m very calm. I believe in my squad & the academy.”

    He will say that, then when we get knocked out of the CL, Europa and fall short in the league he will say the squad needs to improve?

    Great to see Lyall has dropped the pretence and is no longer just moonlighting for THFC but now working full time.

    • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Who is this cunt?

      • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 10:46 am

        SSN cunt 😊

        • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 10:56 am

          Oh

      • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 10:46 am

        Eh? He’s Harry Hotspur. He runs this gaff.

        • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

          Oh, John Lyall Thomas?

          • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 11:08 am

            No no no
            Tate & Lyle John Thomas

        • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

          No no no, he means the other cunt. The bigger, more cunty one.

    • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

      All these extra payroll`s. Keep an eye on the FFP Danny boy!

      • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:54 am

        Fake news. Lyall Thomas definitely does not get fed his info directly from the Spurs press officer. I can confirm that. (I am Lyall but shhhh, okay…?)

        • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 10:57 am

          I`ve just googled imaged him. The likeness is uncanny! Double stubble trouble.

          • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:57 am

            I’ve been rumbled.

    • TopOfThePochs July 21, 2017 at 10:54 am

      ‘Doing nothing they haven’t in last four windows’
      … so will cock about until the last few days waiting for quality and sign up players like Sissoko, Njie, Fazio, Janssen, Nkoudou et al.

      Triffic.

      • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 11:01 am

        Who needs Lyall Thomas when you bring on your own migraine by drinking battery acid?

        • TopOfThePochs July 21, 2017 at 11:16 am

          Battery acid being the preferred option to watching players like Clinton & Sissoko. Cheers

  • Daniel Primus July 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Lyall Thomas Tweets

    #Thfc doing nothing they haven’t in last four windows. Will add the right players or none at all.
    Mauricio Pochettino on transfers: “We might add a few players but I’m very calm. I believe in my squad & the academy.”

    He will say that, then when we get knocked out of the CL, Europa and fall short in the league he will say the squad needs to improve?

    • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Fake news, Dan. Poch never said we might need to add more quality to the squad. Really gets my goat when fans just make this stuff up. Find me a direct quote in here where he says this.

      https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/23/mauricio-pochettino-change-spurs-monaco-champions-league

      • Daniel Primus July 21, 2017 at 10:46 am

        not my words mate….

        • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

          I’ll give you a hand. When we exited the CL last season, he said:-

          “Maybe we need to add more quality in the squad. We have quality, yes, to compete in the Premier League but, today, you could say we struggled a little bit.”

          Which backs up your line of thinking re. this window and the possible quotes that might come out if we exit the CL early again.

  • UnkleTaff July 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

    The reason there’s no mention of Tottenham is ’cause we keep selling the f*ckers:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4712454/Man-United-academy-leads-way-Premier-League.html

    We have the second most successful academy behind Utd’s if you’re looking at players who have actually come through it.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 July 21, 2017 at 10:38 am

      But, yeah!

    • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 10:44 am

      That’s success measured by game time.

      In actual fact we produce a hell of a lot of mediocre shite like Townsend.

      • UnkleTaff July 21, 2017 at 10:45 am

        And that criterion differs from your PA Sport study how, exactly?

        • 61SpursNut🌰 July 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

          Yours is more thorough.

        • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

          1. The Press association wrote it, it’s ain’t mine.
          2. Dunno, but there’s no mention of Spurs players so unless you’re suggesting an agenda from a global news agency, there must be some difference.

          Could it be players that are STILL at the clubs that nurtured them? Opposed to say Townsend at Palace or wherever he is?

    • UnkleTaff July 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Yeah, but…

  • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:24 am

    How’s it going in the Nike sweatshops these days?
    Let’s find out.

    http://www.dailyuw.com/news/article_8fe931d0-1a77-11e7-a2e0-2f95bfad5f4f.html

  • TopOfThePochs July 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Posh saying we’re waiting for the right quality player and all this talk of nt just signing anyone. What happened with Sissoko, Janssen, Njie etc then?

    • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Poch chose them. That’s the answer you’re looking for.

    • Pocholosophy July 21, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Jannsen will prove his doubters wrong this season.

  • Nick July 21, 2017 at 9:48 am

    If hector bellarin is classed as home grown then those statistics are pointless

  • Caspurs♿️ July 21, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Everton! Shit’so’go! loan! Not shore about that.

  • Camus July 21, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Quick one about the £14 Spurs shirt I bought from ‘China’ (yesterday’s post). So, I watched this video on YouTube and there’s a chance the shirt is a fake, but the stuff that this guy highlights as the difference between a real Nike shirt and a fake is not that much – stitching flaws, serial numbers and the feel of the tags is about it.

    Couple of things on my shirt:- the stitching all looks pretty good – no obvious flaws that I can see; the guy highlights the tags on a fake shirt as being shiny but they are matt on my shirt so not obviously fake; lastly, the serial numbers do not match on the two tags – this is the biggest giveaway that it is probably a fake…

    However, all things considered, the video doesn’t highlight anything alarmingly different between a fake and a real shirt, so ultimately do you wanna pay £14 for a possible fake that looks and feels like the real deal in pretty much every way, or do you wanna shell out £60 plus postage to be guaranteed that you have the real deal shirt from the club shop. I know which I’d rather do…

    I’m probably not gonna wash the shirt too often, just in case anything goes wrong there but otherwise…

    Here’s the video link anyway:-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kuiXtZt8Xc

    • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

      👍🏻

    • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Ordered mine last night. Medium!
      Good man, I owe you a pint. Cockles?

      • Caspurs♿️ July 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

        Medium?!

        • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 9:37 am

          It`s been a while Cas. I now look like this….

          • Caspurs♿️ July 21, 2017 at 9:51 am

            Impressive FoF, have you changed your walk yet?

            • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 9:55 am

              Tee hee. No, that will always be part of me. Always.

              • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 10:09 am

                Baldy head ✓
                Suit ✓
                Drunk ✓

                • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 10:17 am

                  • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 10:20 am

                    Please don`t show my wife that. I told her my face got bruised whilst protecting a pensioner from a gang of hoodies.

              • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 10:11 am
    • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

      £14 + China = A chance it’s fake?

      I bought a pair of Quiksilver sunnies from a Chinese Ebay seller for 1p + £7.99 p+p. They took ages to arrive and just as I was about to write them off, they arrived. Box, bag, cloth and glasses all looked legit. There was a tiny blemish on one of the arms. Fakes? Who knows? They probably are.

    • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Do you want to pay £14 and help fund international criminal gang who almost certainly engage in reprehensible, highly unethical and illegal business practices, such as child labour and modern day slavery, or shell out £60 plus p+p (a tiny fraction of your disposable income) for a legitimate shirt? I know what I’d rather. No shirt for me.

      • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

        Anything that means Levy doesn`t get my hard earned money works for me.

        • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 9:46 am

          Levy’s running the child labour sweat-shops from a telephone box on Lordship Lane.

          • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 9:46 am

            Dammit!!

            • 💋 July 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

              He gets the labels from an East End Mullah an Ridley road market when he buys his counterfeit kosher chicken.

    • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 10:20 am

      I’m trying to order 4 which is awkward as my kids all want the blue away shirt with 2 being the same size and 1 a bit bigger and I want the white home shirt in a bigger size!

      I emailed the guy who said he’d do all 4 for £55 but I have absolutely no idea how to place this as an order because it doesn’t give sizes or whether it’s the home or away shirt.

      So due to me being a complete useless cunt at technology I will have to miss out.

      • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 10:22 am

        If you go through with the order, it gives you an option to add a message to the seller, where you can add all the details you want.

        • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

          Not sure how you`d get your discount though!

        • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

          It’s ok if you want one but 4 different ones looks too much like grief

          • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

            I’ll have to buy genuine ones for outrageous prices

          • Camus July 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

            Like FOF says, I agreed it all via messages to the seller and then by agreement I paid for one of his listed items and he sent the Spurs shirt. I guess you could buy 4 listed items at £14 each = £56. Otherwise, he can send you an invoice via PayPal but that starts to get a bit more complicated if you’re not a regular EBayer.

          • Freund or Foe July 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

            There is a quantity box, change quantity from 1 to 4, then in the message to seller explain exactly what you need. Your technophobia is making me a bit horny.

            • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

              That’ll be two of you on ere then!!!

              Nah I’m not confident enough to do all that.

              • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 10:54 am

                I’m currently negotiating on a home shirt with a Chinese gentleman who assures me everything is ‘no problem, no problem’ despite sending me a picture of a Real Madrid shirt.

                I wonder if his grandfather made dinner suits in the 70s for the British Army?

  • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Some demolition footage for those inclined

    • Caspurs♿️ July 21, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Snooze ya lose H, posted yesterday…

    • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 10:21 am

      😥

      • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 10:54 am

        Dagnabbit.