Number of home-grown players in European football has increased

6 November 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Both Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling, currently playing at Manchester City, are classified as home-grown players by the Premier League.

For the first time in ten years, the number of home-grown players in Europe's top divisions has increased, an analysis by the CIES Football Observatory shows.

However, it's difficult to claim that the tendency towards fewer home-grown players has reversed, the research group states.

The Premier League is among the leagues with the least number of home-grown players.

Jesper Elkjær Jensen jej@offthepitch.com

According to a new analysis from the CIES Football Observatory, the presence of home-grown players in European football has stabilised.

Based on data gathered from clubs in 31 top European divisions, the CIES has measured the number of home-grown players at 17.2 per cent of the total pool of players in 2019 - the first increase in the metric since the research group started gathering the data in 2009.

Back then, 23.2 per cent of the players were home-grown.

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