Premier League table based on how many minutes clubs have given to players aged 22 or under


A lot has been made of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s apparent desire to leave Chelsea for Bayern Munich this month.

The 18-year-old has made just three appearances in the Premier League for the Blues this season - all of which have come from the substitutes bench.

And the winger clearly believes he has more chance of regular first-team football at the Bundesliga champions than he does at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have certainly gained the unwarranted reputation of being reluctant to field exciting young players in the past, with countless starlets coming through their academy only to see their path to the first-team blocked.

And it seems Chelsea haven’t learned their lesson.

A study from the BBC have crunched the numbers and worked out how many minutes clubs have given players aged 22 or under.

And it’s no surprise to see Chelsea languishing in 19th place in the table.

Hudson-Odoi and Andreas Christensen are the only Chelsea players aged 22 or under to have played in the Premier League, totalling just 151 minutes.

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But who has played fewer younger players than Chelsea?

Cardiff City.

Neil Warnock’s side haven’t given a single minute to a player aged 22 or under.



Take a look at the full table, which the BBC are calling the 'give kids a chance' table:

Leicester - 8373 minutes
Arsenal - 4467 minutes
Everton - 4455 minutes
West Ham - 4134 minutes
Tottenham - 4083 minutes
Wolves - 3962 minutes
Huddersfield - 3089 minutes
Liverpool - 2553 minutes
Bournemouth - 2400 minutes
Manchester United - 2009 minutes
Fulham - 1975 minutes
Crystal Palace - 1965 minutes
Southampton - 1671 minutes
Newcastle - 1409 minutes
Manchester City - 1107 minutes
Brighton - 863 minutes
Burnley - 440 minutes
Watford - 296 minutes
Chelsea - 151 minutes
Cardiff - 0 minutes

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Impressively, Leicester have given almost double the amount of minutes to players aged 22 or under than any other side. The likes of Ben Chilwell, James Madison and Wilfred Ndidi have all featured heavy for the Foxes this season.

As for Arsenal, midfield duo Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have played plenty of minutes in the league this season, along with winger Alex Iwobi.

Making up the top three is Marco Silva’s Everton with Richarlson, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman all making regular appearances for the first-team.

Of course, while playing youngsters should be applauded, it certainly doesn’t guarantee success with Leicester, Arsenal and Everton all suffering rather inconsistent campaigns to date.

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