Ranking the PL clubs by who gave most minutes to teenagers in 21-22

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Teenager Anthony Elanga celebrates scoring for Manchester United in the Premier League, Brentford Community Stadium, 19 January 2022. Credit: PA Images
Teenager Anthony Elanga celebrates scoring for Manchester United in the Premier League, Brentford Community Stadium, 19 January 2022. Credit: PA Images

Premier League sides are often criticised for not giving opportunities to their young players, but Manchester United and Southampton bucked that trend in the 2021-22 season.

The Saints pride themselves on bringing young players into the first team and they gave more minutes to teenagers than any other Premier League club in 2021-22.

Tino Livramento was responsible for most of those minutes as the 19-year-old has made 24 appearances in the Premier League since signing from Chelsea last summer.

In fact, the young right-back made up 2,202 of the 2,222 minutes played by Saints teenagers this season and the other 20 fulfilled by Chelsea loanee Armando Broja before he turned 20 towards the start of the season.

Despite having a tumultuous season, Manchester United also backed their youth and they had also more than just two teenagers make up their 1,527 minutes.

Anthony Elanga only turned 20 in late April, meaning most of his Premier League minutes in his breakout season 2021-22 were played out as a teenager while United also gave brief game time to 19-year-old Hannibal Mejbri and 17-year-old Alejandro Garnacho.

But a number of teams gave out considerably fewer minutes to teenagers than might have been expected. Arsenal only managed to field a teenager for 137 minutes, while Chelsea’s much-hailed academy saw no teenagers graduate into the Premier League first team.

The same was true for Burnley, Leicester and Newcastle, who all failed to field a teenager in the Premier League in the 2021-22 campaign.

Comparatively, Leeds United’s 1,073 minutes given to teenagers was the result of serious injuries to their first team meaning they needed back-up. Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood both turned 20 during the season but made contributions before they did so.

So how do all the clubs compare when rated on the number of minutes given to teenagers in the 2021-22 Premier League? Here they are ranked from first to last with the number of minutes.

1. Southampton – 2,222 minutes
2. Manchester United – 1,527 minutes
3. Norwich – 1,079 minutes
4. Leeds – 1,073 minutes
5. Wolves – 942 minutes
6. Everton – 457 minutes
7. Liverpool – 420 minutes
8. Aston Villa – 414 minutes
9. Crystal Palace – 358 minutes
10. Manchester City – 158 minutes

11. Arsenal – 137 minutes
12. Brighton – 67 minutes
13. Watford – 26 minutes
14. Brentford – 17 minutes
15. West Ham – 4 minutes
16. Tottenham – 3 minutes
17= Burnley – 0 minutes
17= Chelsea – 0 minutes
17= Leicester – 0 minutes
17= Newcastle – 0 minutes

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