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Premier League clubs ranked for age, height and experience

Man Utd with most experience, Burnley oldest, Watford tallest


Which Premier League squads are tallest, youngest or most experienced? We take a look at the make-up of each club...

Clubs register their 25-man squads at the start of a season but can draft additional youngsters under 21 years old at any point during a campaign.

Therefore, we checked every squad player currently listed on to rank each club across a range of key metrics.


Premier League newcomers Wolves have the youngest squad in the top flight with an average age of just 24 years and eight months.

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi - who Maurizio Sarri used frequently in pre-season - is the youngest player at just 17 years and 287 days old, followed by team-mate Ethan Ampadu.

Image: Callum Hudson-Odoi is the youngest player in the Premier League

At the other end of the scale, Burnley have the oldest squad with a league-topping average of 28 years exactly, followed by Brighton, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace.

In fact, Palace 'keeper Julian Speroni is the oldest player at 39 years old, followed by fellow stoppers Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) and Robert Green (Chelsea), who are both 38.

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during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at Liberty Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.
Image: Julian Speroni is the eldest player in the Premier League

In terms of outfield players, Brighton defender Bruno is by far the oldest at 37, followed by 35-year-old veterans Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth) and Phil Jagielka (Everton).

Average age of current squad member

Wolves 24y 8m
Southampton 24y 9m
Fulham 24y 9m
Everton 24y 9m
Man Utd 25y 1m
Huddersfield 25y 2m
Man City 25y 2m
Liverpool 25y 5m
Tottenham 25y 7m
Newcastle 25y 9m
Watford 26y 11m
Chelsea 26y 2m
Bournemouth 26y 3m
Arsenal 26y 5m
West Ham 26y 6m
Leicester 26y 6m
Crystal Palace 27y 0m
Cardiff 27y 3m
Brighton 27y 6m
Burnley 28y 0m


Watford should be the most commanding team in aerial duels with a league-topping average height of 185.4cm. They are followed by Huddersfield, Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster remains the league's tallest player at 201cm, while centre-back team-mate Jannik Vestergaard is the tallest outfield player at 199cm.

 during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Southampton at Liberty Stadium on May 8, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.
Image: Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is the tallest player in the Premier League

Jose Mourinho appeared to suggest height mattered after signing a host of towering superstars when he took charge at United, including Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.

However local rivals and reigning champions Manchester City have the shortest top-flight squad with an average height of just 179.7cm - proving size does not necessarily matter.

At 161cm tall, pint-sized United graduate Angel Gomes is now the league's shortest player - two centimetres shy of Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 23:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)  Angel Gomes of Manchester United in action during a Manchester United pre-season training session at UCLA on July 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
Image: Manchester United's Angel Gomes is the shortest player in the Premier League

Average height of current squad member (cm)

Watford 185.4
Huddersfield 184.7
Crystal Palace 184.0
Chelsea 183.6
Man Utd 183.5
Wolves 183.4
Arsenal 183.3
Southampton 182.9
Tottenham 182.9
Newcastle 182.9
Burnley 182.7
West Ham 182.7
Brighton 182.6
Leicester 182.4
Fulham 182.1
Liverpool 181.8
Cardiff 181.7
Everton 181.5
Bournemouth 181.2
Man City 179.7

English players

Bournemouth have the most English players in their squad, with 64 per cent affiliated to the home nation, followed by Southampton, Cardiff City and Burnley.

Eddie Howe shows his appreciation to the fans prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and AFC Bournemouth at Turf Moor
Image: Bournemouth's squad comprises a league-topping 64 per cent of English players

Of the big six clubs, Liverpool rank top with their 10 English players representing a 34.5 per cent proportion of their squad, followed by Spurs, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Interestingly, Unai Emery's Arsenal rank bottom of all clubs with just four English players - comprising a lowly 15.4 per cent proportion within their current ranks.


Foreign nationalities

Newly-promoted Wolves have the biggest contingent from a single foreign nation with seven players representing Portugal - more than 30 per cent of their entire squad.

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Image: Wolves have seven Portugal players in their squad

One-fifth of the Chelsea squad is from Spain, including record-signing Kepa, Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueata and Pedro.

Burnley have five players from the Republic of Ireland, while Cardiff have four, and David Wagner has a large contingent from his homeland, with four German players at Huddersfield.

Overall, exactly one-third of Premier League squad members are English - 188 out of 566 - followed by Spain (37), France (32), Republic of Ireland (20), Belgium, Brazil and the Netherlands (each 19).

Premier League experience

Manchester United have the most experienced Premier League squad, collectively racking up 3,009 appearances in England's top flight, followed by Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Burnley.

Following Gareth Barry's relegation with West Brom, Defoe is now the league's most experienced player with 493 appearances, while James Milner is just seven shy of the Bournemouth striker.

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe in pre-season friendly action.
Image: Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe is the most experienced active player in the Premier League

Wolves' players have the least top-flight experience in England with a combined 232 appearances, while fellow newly-promoted sides Fulham and Cardiff also have squads that rank bottom for Premier League experience.


Five of the big six clubs have the most prolific squads in front of goal, with United's current players netting 416 during their Premier League careers, followed by City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs.

Arsenal's squad languishes in 10th with 187 goals, while Wolves' players have collectively scored only four goals and recorded three assists during their Premier League careers.

With all the above metrics factored, the average squad member is English, 26 years old, 183cm tall, weighs 77kg and has made 67 Premier League appearances... while the most common forename is Danny/Daniel.

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