The Premier League boasts some of the most talented youngsters in Europe. These stars may still be learning, but they are the future of their clubs and might go on to create history.
Some managers have turned to their youth this season, putting faith in the young guns and revamping the squad. Players leaving and retiring are part of the growth of the club. One cannot always find a highly experienced player in the transfer market, and it is a coach's job to train and nurture upcoming talent.
The Premier League's future is in safe hands
Several Premier League sides are blessed with youthful exuberance, which is a safeguard for their future. The enthusiasm and spark these youngsters possess has been a refreshing sight for fans across the world.
On that note, let's take a look at the five Premier League teams that have the youngest squad.
#5 Leeds United - 25.4 years
This is Leeds United's second stint in the Premier League since their promotion at the start of the 2020-21 season. Although they are in a worse position than last season, Leeds are still a joy to watch. Their high-tempo playstyle and aggressive pressing have flustered even the top Premier League clubs.
Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking philosophy is deeply ingrained in the Leeds squad, which is fairly young, with the average age being 25.4 years. Joe Gelhardt and Charlie Cresswell, both 19, are the youngest players on the team.
Gelhardt is Leeds’ leading assist provider with three thus far. Goalkeeper Ian Meslier, 21, is the youngest shot-stopper in the league.
Leeds have managed to win just three of their last 10 league games and are currently 15th in the table. To make matters worse, they face Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur in their next three games. Leeds fans will hope their players can pull off a miracle and steal a few points from these matches.
#4 Southampton - 25.3 years
Southampton have always been known for nurturing and developing budding young talent. Much to the disappointment of fans, a lot of these players departed to propel their careers forward. Sadio Mane, Luke Shaw, and Gareth Bale are just some of the superstars that have been part of the Saints’ squad in the past.
The Saints' average squad age is 25.3 years. 19-year-old Tino Livramento, who has been one of the best youngsters in the league this season, is the Saints’ youngest player. The Englishman signed for Southampton from Chelsea in August 2021 for a fee of £5 million. Armando Broja, 20, is on loan from the Blues and is Southampton’s joint-top goalscorer with six Premier League goals.
Southampton have had an exceptional last three games in the Premier League. They drew against Manchester City and Manchester United and grabbed all three points against Tottenham. The Saints are also in the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they face West Ham United.
#3 Norwich City - 25.3 years
Norwich City's return to the Premier League this season has not gone according to plan. The Canaries have struggled to keep up with the rest of the league and are currently 18th in the league. It is almost certain that they will be returning to the Championship at the end of the current season.
Like Southampton, Norwich also have an average squad of 25.3 years. Andrew Omobamidele, 19, is the youngest member of the Saints squad. Summer signings Billy Gilmour, Ozan Kabak, Josh Sargent, and Brandon Williams, who are all under 21, have been an integral part of Norwich’s squad this season.
Norwich City have won just four Premier League games so far and lost 15. Only Watford have lost more games (16). They face Liverpool twice in the span of 12 days next, first in the league and then in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
#2 Brentford - 25 years
Brentford announced themselves to the Premier League after promotion in spectacular fashion by beating Arsenal 2-0 on the opening day. Thomas Frank’s men are enterprising and great entertainers. Although the Bees have been inconsistent, they have managed to pull a few surprises this season.
The Bees have an average squad age of 25 years. 18-year-old Fin Stevens is Brentford’s youngest player. However, he has played in just four matches across all competitions this season. 22-year-old Bryan Mbuemo has been the Bees’ standout youngster this season. He has three goals and leads the club’s assists charts with three so far.
After an outstanding start to the Premier League season, Brentford seem to have run out of steam. The Bees have won just two out of their last 10 league games and are currently 14th in the league. They might end up lower, however, as they have played a few more games than the teams below them.
#1 Arsenal - 24.2 years
After a turbulent start to the Premier League season, Arsenal's ship seems to have steadied. The Gunners look like a much more solid outfit, especially in terms of defending. They have had a history of poor defensive performances, but this season has proven to be a revelation.
Arsenal boast the youngest squad in the league, with an average age of 24.2 years. Mikel Arteta has put his faith in his youngsters and it has worked miracles for the Gunners. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, both 20, are the youngest members of Arsenal’s squad. The duo have been outstanding so far, with 10 goals and six assists between them in the league.
Emile Smith Rowe (21), Martin Odegaard (23), and Aaron Ramsdale (23) have also been standout performers. The two youngest teams in the league will be in action on Saturday, as the Gunners host Brentford. Arsenal are currently sixth in the league, but have played three fewer games than West Ham and Manchester United, who are above them.