Sometime last season we worked out the origin of Premier League match-day squads and it proved to be a popular talking point so we've done it all again. For the last round of games in the top flight we counted all the starting players and those on the bench - these are players actually being used in match-day squads in the primary competition so it's the best way we can think of being fair, we have no doubt that some will disagree.
The rules for allocating individual players to clubs were quite strict, the general rule was they had to have spent the majority of their youth development at the football team and not have been purchased for relatively large fees. For example, neither of the Da Silva twins counted for Manchester United and Raheem Sterling counts as QPR given that Liverpool paid £600,000 for him which has the potential to rise to £5m.
We had to be objective and therefore people will disagree on some choices.
Manchester United topped the list having produced an impressive 14 players who were in Premier League match-day squads, they also came top the last time around. We were as strict as possible on counting players for them. As we said, neither Fabio or Rafael counts, we couldn't find documentary evidence on the age O'Shea moved over from Waterford so he didn't count (willing to change once evidence provided), Kieran Richardson was included for West Ham and some others who were in United's system at one point were thought to be more fairly placed with other clubs.
The top ten producers were:
Over 180 players were from overseas teams, about half of the total, but that also means that half of the Premier League's players were produced by teams in England, Wales and Scotland which is probably more than some would think.
A small number of players couldn't be allocated clubs as they'd had such mixed youth careers and been released by clubs who didn't think they would make it.
The 14 allocated to Manchester United are:
Some you may need clarifying: Danny Simpson (Newcastle), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Frazier Campbell (Sunderland), Alan Tate (Swansea City), Mike Pollitt (Wigan), David Jones (Wigan).
It again shows the strength of Manchester United's youth set-up when so many players go on to play in the Premier League. Even those who have to move on have a chance of making a top career and going on to represent their country.
This is something we plan to do several times throughout the season and as people inevitably protest at choices, we may change some selections based on what we're informed. But right now, United are well out in front and that's the same as the last time we did an audit of players.
what Liverpool aren't on the the list... there will be out cry...
West Ham fan will stake a claim for any players that have come within 30 miles of Upton Park...
Nice to see Villa up the table again
Although most of them are in our own match day squads lol