Mikel Arteta’s ageism earns Arsenal top spot as we rank the average age of Premier League XIs this season from oldest to youngest…
19) Burnley (28.7)
The good news is Burnley will likely have a younger starting XI next season. The bad news is that’s because about half of that starting XI – most of them old stagers – are out of contract and free to leave for nothing.
18) Watford (27.8)
38-year-old Ben Foster playing half the games hasn’t helped, in terms of both their average age and in stopping goals being scored against them. His save percentage of 61.4% is the worst in the Premier League. The alternative, Daniel Bachmann, has the second worst (62.3%).
17) West Ham (27.9)
Another aged goalkeeper doing a lot of the heavy lifting. 36-year-old Lucasz Fabianski has managed to keep 28-year-old whippersnapper Alphonse Areola at bay.
16) Liverpool (27.6)
Only three of Liverpool’s most-used XI – Trent Alexander-Arnold (23), Diogo Jota (25) and Andrew Robertson (27) – are under 28 years old. But given none of them are older than 31 and are playing consistently brilliant football, this remains a team in its prime rather than one on the brink of disbandment.
15) Newcastle (27.4)
The January signings are yet to work in Newcastle’s favour in the age stakes. But that could soon change when 24-year-old Bruno Guimaraes gets himself in the team, especially with Kieran Trippier (32) set for an extended spell on the sidelines.
14) Wolves (27.3)
No team has a greater discrepancy between the age of squad (25.7) and starting XI (27.3). That’s almost entirely down to £35m 19-year-old Fabio Silva starting just one Premier League game this season.
13) Crystal Palace (27.2)
The greatest average age last season, seven thirty-somethings left the club in the summer, while 26-year-old Will Hughes was the oldest of seven signings. That’ll do it.
12=) Everton (27.1)
Frank Lampard has already moved to decrease the average age through Donny van de Beek (24), who must be more like a 22-year-old given his hiatus from football at Manchester United, and Dele Alli, the oldest 25-year-old in Premier League history.
12=) Chelsea (27.1)
22-year-old Kai Havertz has now scored winning goals in the Champions League and Club World Cup finals, but they would have been nowhere near either title without Cesar Azpilicueta (32), Jorginho (30) N’Golo Kante (30), and the oldest outfield player in the Premier League, Thiago Silva (37).
11) Manchester United (27.0)
United would be close to top spot, as they were last season, were it not for their 37-year-old goal-shy superstar. We’re still talking about average age, by the way.
10) Manchester City (26.7)
Remember when replacing Fernandinho was thought to be a problem? The 36-year-old has barely featured this season, with Rodri (25) proving a more-than-able replacement.
9) Leicester (26.5)
Brendan Rodgers would love that average age to be higher. The Foxes have won just two of the 12 games Jonny Evans (34) has missed through injury and none of the four without Jamie Vardy (35).
8) Tottenham (26.4)
Their 35-year-old goalkeeper is costing them, as is the absence of their 21-year-old.
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7) Brighton (26.3)
A slight increase on last season. That’s how age works.
6) Leeds (26.1)
Leeds’ 21-year-old goalkeeper is a big factor in their lofty position. Illan Meslier has played every minute in the Premier League this season.
5) Norwich (25.8)
Summer signings Ozan Kabak (21), Billy Gilmour (20), Josh Sargent (21) and Brandon Williams (21) are all in Norwich’s most-used XI.
4) Aston Villa (25.7)
Ashley Young (36) and Robin Olsen (32) are the only members of the squad over the age of 30.
3) Southampton (25.4)
Other than the goalkeepers, none of the top 16 players used by Ralph Hasenhuttl are over the age of 27, with the two signings from Chelsea, Tino Livramento (19) and Armando Broja (20), playing a big role in the drop from last season.
2) Brentford (25.2)
Thomas Frank’s most-used player, Pontus Jansson (31), is also comfortably the oldest among the top 20 for the Bees. It feels like they could do with a bit more experience right now.
1) Arsenal (24.2)
Down from 25.9 in his first two seasons, Mikel Arteta’s old-washing has kicked up a gear this term, with Ben White (23) the oldest of £150m worth of signings in the summer, and their 32-year-old captain shown the door in January.
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