The famous saying immortalised into Premier League history is that you ‘can’t win anything with kids’. Alan Hansen’s famous quip on Match of the Day when talking about Manchester United’s Class of ’92 became one of the shining examples of how pundits can miss the mark, but how accurate is it in 2023? Join us here at SinkorSwimSports as we rank every 2022/23 Premier League squad by average age!
Premier League Squads By Average Age
Team Players Used Average Age Arsenal 25 24.2 Southampton 31 24.3 Leeds 28 24.9 Brentford 25 25.6 Nottingham Forest 33 25.9 Wolves 31 26.0 Everton 28 26.0 Brighton 24 26.0 Bournemouth 29 26.2 Chelsea 32 26.4 Leicester 27 26.5 Man United 25 26.5 Man City 21 26.6 Crystal Palace 23 26.7 Aston Villa 25 26.8 Liverpool 27 27.0 Newcastle 25 27.1 Tottenham 27 27.2 West Ham 25 27.8 Fulham 29 27.9
Arteta’s Young Guns
Mikel Arteta has been building a long-term project at Arsenal ever since his arrival in 2019, with exciting homegrown talents at the foundations. Gabriel Martinelli (21), Bukayo Saka (21), Emile Smith-Rowe (22), Fabio Vieira (22), and Eddie Nketiah (23) are all amongst the youngest in the side, and all embody the intense style Arteta has been looking to foster.
January arrivals Leandro Trossard (28) and Jorginho (31) might have raised the team’s average age, but the Gunners remain the youngest team in the Premier League.
Liverpool And Tottenham In Need Of A Refresh?
They say on average a side only has around four or five years before it needs a major refresh. And, in the case of Liverpool and Tottenham in 2022/23, it looks like that is starting to ring true.
Jurgen Klopp’s side won both domestic cups, reached the 2022 Champions League Final and came within less than fifteen minutes of football of winning the Premier League in 2021/22, but have looked a shell of themselves this season. The Reds are currently 13 points worse off than at this point last season, and the high-pressing intensity of seasons gone by has evaporated.
Amongst the Liverpool ranks, Mohamed Salah (30), Roberto Firmino (31), Thiago (31), Virgil van Dijk (31), Joel Matip (31) and Jordan Henderson (32) are all north of thirty years old, not to mention James Milner who at 38 is the fifth-oldest player in the Premier League currently.
Stefan Bajcetic (18), Harvey Elliott (19), Fabio Carvalho (20), Cody Gakpo (23) and Darwin Nunez (23) have all been brought into the side this season to help kickstart the restart at Anfield, but Liverpool still find themselves rounding out the season fifth in our Premier League squads average age table.
As for Tottenham, Antonio Conte dragged the team into the top four on the final day of last season but has been quick to point out the need for freshening up at White Hart Lane this season. Conte’s frustrations off the pitch have been mirrored by fans this season, which has helped contribute to
However, with the third-oldest squad on average, does he have a point? We know Conte likes an experienced lineup, but with Hugo Lloris (36), Ivan Perišić (34), Son Heung-min (30), Harry Kane (29), Eric Dier (29) and Ben Davies (29) all starting to leave their primes behind them, a refresh might just be in order.
Inexperience Could Cost Southampton And Leeds
Hansen’s ‘can’t win anything with kids’ comment was initially aimed at trophies, but, in the case of Southampton and Leeds, it could be widened to simply include a full ninety minutes of football.
Currently sitting with the second and third youngest Premier League squads average age, the pair both find themselves perilously close to the relegation zone this season. Rock bottom of the table, Southampton are on to their third manager of the season following Nathan Jones’ sacking, whilst the recent dismissal of Jesse Marsch from Leeds has left the Yorkshire outfit one point above the drop.
And yet, both sides have continued to spend big money on rejuvenating their sides with an emphasis on raw potential rather than ready-made talent.
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