Ranking the average age of Premier League XIs: Spurs join Arsenal in top three youngest

Tottenham defender Micky van de Ven Credit: Alamy
Tottenham defender Micky van de Ven Credit: Alamy

Three of the four youngest teams went down last season so it probably does not pay to be too young, though Burnley are looking to buck that trend…


20) Fulham (29)
Tim Ream and Willian are still first-choice starters at 35, while summer signing Raul Jimenez is 32. The team that drew 0-0 to Crystal Palace did not have a single starter under the age of 26.


19) West Ham (28.4)
He’s not one for youth is David Moyes. And with Declan Rice gone, they are just getting older.


18) Everton (27.4)
They were firmly mid-table on this list last season, but they have since signed the 38-year-old Ashley Young.


17) Newcastle (27.3)
The signings have largely been younger, with Sandro Tonali (23) and Harvey Barnes (25) the pick of the bunch, but four/five 30-plus starters provide a nice balance.


16) Brighton (27.2)
It’s not all James Milner; seven of their first-team squad are over the age of 30, which feels counter-intuitive for a club so good at spotting and developing young talent.


15) Crystal Palace (27.2)
They’d be even older if they factored in the age of the manager.


14) Liverpool (26.7)
Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister are 22 and 24 respectively, so this is a massive step in the right direction for a Liverpool midfield that had looked more than a little tired.


13) Sheffield United (26.6)
A few remnants of the last Sheffield United side to make it into the Premier League push the average age higher than ideal.


12) Aston Villa (26.6)
Younger than last season with Moussa Diaby and Pau Torres added to the mix, while Ashley Young has been jettisoned.


11) Manchester United (26.5)
Almost a year has been knocked off this average age since last season, with the exit of David De Gea and the benching of Christian Eriksen having an impact.


10) Luton Town (26.4)
With no outfield starter over 30, they might be lacking quality but they should not be lacking energy.


9) Wolves (26.2)
Older players have left this summer – chiefly Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez – to bring down that average age.


8) Manchester City (26.3)
Without Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan, the number has inevitably come down this season, with Josko Gvardiol bringing it down further.


7) Nottingham Forest (26.0)
Only two players over 30 started at Manchester City.


6) Brentford (25.1)
Showing a few signs of naivety this season; they were schooled by a savvier Everton side.


5) Bournemouth (25.1)
Seven permanent signings this summer and all seven are 24 or younger.


4) Chelsea (24.5)
Thiago Silva is the outlier. Nine of the starting XI that lost to Aston Villa were 25 or under. This could massively backfire.


3) Tottenham (24.4)
Three years have been knocked off this average age since last season, which is frankly ludicrous. Son is their only first-choice starter over the age of 26.


2) Arsenal (24.1)
A young side came up short last season so the Gunners have become even younger, with only David Raya over the age of 25 in the current starting XI.


1) Burnley (23.9)
Ten players have joined for money and Sander Berge is the old man of the crew at 25. This revolution is being televised.


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