Thursday 23 February 2012
The number of Home Grown Players making their mark in the Barclays Premier League is set to hit new heights this season.
With one-third of the campaign still to go, the 20 League clubs are on course to better last season's levels in terms of using domestic stars.
As of the end of the 23rd round of matches (1st February) clubs had to submit their squad lists following the end of the January transfer window.
At that point there had been a total of 287 Home Grown Players used on the field of play in matches - close to the 2010/11 mark of 296 players with 15 matches still to play.
Even more impressively, the statistics suggest that Home Grown Players are becoming an integral part of the 20 clubs' squads.
The 2010/11 season saw 256 Home Grown Players making the starting XI during the campaign. As of 1st February, the figure for 2011/12 stood at 254.
There is no doubt that Home Grown Players are becoming integral to all clubs - the number of them used in the 25-man squads went up from 235 in the 2010/11 season to 240 for this season.
That means the percentage of Home Grown Players making the 25-man Premier League squads rose from 50% in 2010/11 to 52% in 2011/12.
The 20 Barclays Premier League clubs introduced the Home Grown Player rule from the start of the 2010/11 campaign.
The rule means clubs cannot name more than 17 non-Home Grown Players. For example some clubs will have a squad list of 23 because they may have 17 over-21 non-Home Grown Players.
Total players selected in 25-man squads:
2010/11 - 468
2011/12 - 462
Total Home Grown Players used in 25-man squads:
2010/11 - 235
2011/12 - 240
Percentage of selected players Home Grown:
2010/11 - 50%
2011/12 - 52%
Total players used on pitch:
2008/09 - 553
2009/10 - 565
2010/11 - 563
2011/12 (to Round 23) - 515
Total Home Grown Players used on pitch:
2008/09 - 261
2009/10 - 260
2010/11 - 296
2011/12 (to R23) - 287
Total Home Grown Players making starting XI:
2008/09 - 234
2009/10 - 241
2010/11 - 256
2011/12 (to R23) - 254