Latest study shows that Manchester City have the aging squad in England. The defending champions are however seventh across Europe in the list.
Defending champions Manchester City are sitting second in the league table. City’s late revival have come after their billionaire owner has splashed cash like water since taking over the club in 2008. However, stats suggests their recent power has been built on experience, rather than youth.
The Blues of Manchester have only three main first team players Boyata (24), Mangala (23) and Nastasic (21) under the age of 24. Hence, they mainly rely on aged players like Frank Lampard (36), Martin Demichelis (33), Yaya Toure (31), Bacary Sagna (31) for success.
The study shows in Premier League, City occupy the first spot with an average age of 28.8 years. They are followed by Crystal Palace (28.39), Stoke (28.09), West Brom (27.77) and QPR (27.71) to complete the top five.
Meanwhile, Newcastle (25.3) are the youngest in the premier league, who are followed by Manchester United (25.44), Southampton (25.57), Liverpool (25.68) and Arsenal (26.00) with Chelsea mid-table in 10th place (27.08).
Whereas in Europe, City is in seventh with Torpedo Zhodino of Belarus (29.4 years) at first followed by Fenerbahce of Turkey (29.3), Slutsk of Belarus (29.2), Atalanta of Serie A (29.1), Podbeskidzie of Poland (29.1).
Real Madrid (26.26) are older than Barcelona (25.89). However, Eibar (28.03) is the oldest in La Liga, while the youngest is Valencia (24.06).
Bayern (26.79) is the third oldest in the German Bundesliga. Augsburg (27.44) is at the top, while Stuttgart (24.87) is the youngest.
In Seie A, Atlanta (29.12) leads the way, who are followed by Juventus (28.77) in the second place. AC Milan (28.29) is at fourth, while Inter Milan (27.08) is at 13th place. The youngest in the league is Cagliari (25.10).
Ligue 1 leaders Marseille are the youngest side in France at only 24.23 years old. PSG meanwhile are fifth oldest at 26.66. Evian TG is the oldest with 27.68.
The youngest top division in Europe is the Dutch Eredivisie, where the players average is just 24.2 years old. Heerenveen, come in at 22.6 years old, while giants PSV (22.8) and Ajax (23.5) are also under the overall average.
Image and Stats courtesy of ESPN and football-observatory.com