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A good academy is the backbone of the most successful clubs, and in an era where transfer fees are astronomical, a well-run academy provides a chance of unearthing a diamond for any side.

However, these wonderkids are hard to come by. Seemingly, some academies have a much better success rate of finding and developing the best talent from around the UK.

In a study by BetVictor, England’s leading club academies have been analysed based on their output of players, and influence on the Premier League.

To find the most influential Football Factory, each club academy has been ranked based on the number of under-21 academy graduates that played in the premier league last season, as well as how accessible those academies are for emerging talent to access.

Academy Graduate Representatives by Club

Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool lead the way for the Most Academy Graduates Fielded in the Premier League Last Season across all sides.

Graduates of Chelsea’s Cobham Training Centre racked up more than double the minutes of any other club academy last season for under 21 players getting minutes in the Premier League.

Unfortunately, the influence of Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton was hardly noticeable, contributing a combined 1,016 graduate minutes last season.

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  • = Ex academy players playing in the Premier League team
  • = mins played by ex academy players
  • = Number of goals scored by ex academy players

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Club rankings

To determine the Premier League academies with the most potential, 10 ranking factors considering; nearby population, accessibility, active U21 Premier League players, U21 goal contributions, average squad age and more are all considered to offer a picture of the clubs who offer the best opportunities to youngsters in the Premier League.

Chelsea, the European Champions came out on top, with Arsenal a close second, followed by the Manchester clubs and Liverpool making up the top 5.

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No of ex academy
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No of mins played by ex academy
footballers in Premier League
No of goals scored by ex academy
footballers in Premier Leauge
Avg Age
Premier League 2
position S20/21
Total Score
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Ranking Factors

  • Borough Population10%
  • Pitches within 10 miles of the area10%
  • No of towns/cities within 25km10%
  • % of mins by under-21 footballers10%
  • No of ex academy footballers in Premier League10%
  • No of mins played by ex academy footballers in Premier League10%
  • No of goals scored by ex academy footballers in Premier League10%
  • Avg Age10%
  • Category10%
  • Premier League 2 position S20/2110%

Top 25 Successful U21 Players 20/21

Last season saw a wealth of emerging talent rise to the top in the Premier League, with Leeds United’s Illan Meslier leading the way in terms of minutes for his club, making the most appearances for any under 21 goalkeepers in the history of the division along the way.

Burnley’s Dwight McNeil, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Chealsea’s Mason Mount follow, each only missing two Premier League games all season.

Check out the top 25 players in terms of Appearances and minutes below.

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