Ranking the average age of Premier League XIs: Arsenal youngest and Liverpool 18th

Arsenal celebrate goal v Tottenham Credit: Alamy
Arsenal celebrate goal v Tottenham Credit: Alamy

Arsenal are still young and now very good. Liverpool are in West Ham territory with James Milner and co. Only Fulham are older.

 

20) Fulham (27.9)
Burnley waved and handed the newly promoted side their stock of Werther’s Originals on the way past, as Fulham replaced them as the geriatric kings of the Premier League.

 

19) West Ham (27.6)
An aged goalkeeper doing a lot of the heavy lifting. 37-year-old Lucasz Fabianski has managed to keep 29-year-old whippersnapper Alphonse Areola at bay.

 

18) Liverpool (27.5)
The more games James Milner starts, the more unhealthy this number becomes. The flip side is that Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott are both heavily involved too.

 

17) Tottenham (27.4)
33-year-old Ivan Perisic and the cruelty of time has taken Spurs from eighth last season to 17th.

 

16) Newcastle (27.3)
The signings of Sven Botman (22), Alexander Isak (23) have made a difference, along with the growing importance of Bruno Guimaraes (24).

 

15) Brighton (27.2)
The Seagulls have a very settled team. It’s not just a very young settled team.

 

14) Manchester City (27.1)
Erling Haaland is 22. Help us.

 

13) Chelsea (27.0)
Todd Boehly’s reported plan is to build a squad of young talent at Stamford Bridge but then they start games with Thiago Silva (38), Cesar Azpilicueta (33) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (33).

 

12) Crystal Palace (26.9)
They had the oldest average age in 2020/21 on a whopping 28.8, before plummeting to 27.2 last season with 26-year-old Will Hughes the oldest of seven signings. And here they are, dropping again.

 

11) Aston Villa (26.7)
Jacob Ramsey (21) is the baby in a team that looks a whole lot better with Unai Emery in charge.

 

10) Manchester United (26.4)
A couple of young signings in Tyrell Malacia (23) and Lisandro Martinez (24) have helped a lot this season to move the average age down. It helps when Erik Ten Hag drops the aged Ronaldo.

 

9) Bournemouth (26.2)
A young team with a young manager doing far better than anyone expected.

 

8) Leicester (26.1)
No starter over the age of 30 as they move up the Premier League table after a wretched start.

 

7) Everton (26.0)
£60m Anthony Gordon and Amadou Onana are both 21, Nathan Patterson is 20 and Dwight McNeil is somehow only 22. Frank Lampard has overseen a drop in age from 27.1 last season.

 

6) Wolves (25,9)
Diego Costa is moving up that average age but him and Joao Moutinho are the only real old men of a side which frankly looks like it needs a little more experience.

 

5) Brentford (25.8)
This is no country for old men (unless you’re a centre-back).

 

4) Nottingham Forest (25.7)
14 of their 23 summer signings were under 25.

 

3) Leeds (24.8)
They could probably do with a bit more experience right now but Jesse Marsch prizes energy above all other qualities.

 

2) Southampton (24.4)
Gavin Bazunu (20), Armel Bella-Kotchap (20) and Romeo Lavia (18) all arrived in the summer to bring the age down from 25.4 last season.

 

1) Arsenal (24.1)
Granit Xhaka is 30 but 25 at heart, the club captain Martin Odegaard is 23, their brilliant new centre-back William Saliba is 21 and the wonderful front trio is made up of two 21-year-olds and about as youthful a 25-year-old as you’re likely to see. Mikel Arteta might just be building something rather special at the Emirates.

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