Ranking every PL club by percentage of goals scored by academy products
Premier League academies help produce some of the best talents in the country, but some clubs – most notably Manchester United – are more reliant on them than others.
We’ve ranked every Premier League team by how many of their goals this season have been scored by academy graduates, from lowest to highest.
20= Manchester City
City have scored more goals than any other Premier League team this season, but none of their 68 goals have been scored by an academy player.
Morgan Gibbs-White is the only Wolves academy graduate to play for the club this season and the midfielder hasn’t scored any of their 39 goals.
Watford are struggling towards the bottom of the table with 27 goals from their first 29 league games and an academy player is yet to get on the scoresheet for the Hornets.
Just like Watford, Bournemouth have scored 27 goals this season with none of them coming from an academy graduate.
Tom Davies is the only Everton academy graduate to score for the club this season and his strike against Southampton makes up 2.8% of their 35 goals.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has registered 12 assists in the league so far this season, and the right-back has also scored two goals of his own.
He is the only academy graduate to score for the club in the league this season and his two goals make up 3.1% of their 64 goals.
The Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick, in case you hadn't seen it – or just wanted to watch it again 😍pic.twitter.com/kmrIZt1Hcc
— Goal (@goal) September 22, 2019
Arsenal have given Premier League minutes to five academy graduates this season, but those players have only managed two league goals between them.
Hector Bellerin and Eddie Nketiah both have a goal each, equating to 5% of their 40 league goals.
13. Newcastle United
The Longstaff brothers have been Newcastle’s most prominent academy graduates this season while Paul Dummett and Andy Carroll have also featured for the first team.
Matty Longstaff has scored two league goals this season, both against Manchester United, and those strikes are 8% of their 25 goals.
12. Sheffield United
Billy Sharp came through the academy at Sheffield United and is now on his third spell at the club. The striker has played a bit-part role this season but has still managed three league goals, 11.1% of their overall tally.
230 English League Goals 🏴
No one has scored more than Billy Sharp this century. Bagsman. pic.twitter.com/r9leK4aO9X
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) March 7, 2020
11. West Ham
While Mark Noble and Declan Rice are West Ham’s only academy graduates featuring regularly in the first team, Rice is yet to score this season, although Noble has found the back of the net on four occasions, contributing 11.4% of their 35 league goals.
10. Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha returned to the club in 2015 after a disastrous spell at Manchester United and his three league goals make up 12.5% of their 24 goals this season.
14.2% of Brighton’s 28 league goals this season have been scored by academy graduates, with Lewis Dunk and Aaron Connolly getting two goals each.
Clinical from Connolly!
How easy was that for the young debutant? pic.twitter.com/fYMGY3cJnY
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 5, 2019
8. Leicester City
Leicester have played three academy graduates in the Premier League this season, and they’ve all managed to get on the scoresheet.
Harvey Barnes has scored six goals while Ben Chilwell has two and Hamza Choudhury has one, totalling 16% of their overall tally.
A number of talented players have come through Southampton’s academy over the years and 17.1% of their 35 goals have been scored by academy graduates this term.
James Ward-Prowse has scored four goals of their goals, while Michael Obafemi has two.
6. Aston Villa
After progressing through their academy, Jack Grealish has become one of Villa’s most important players and his seven league goals make up 21.2% of their 33 goals this season.
🎙️ "Grealish, oh brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!"
Will the #AVFC star be in the England squad in 2020? 🏴
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 2, 2019
Academy graduate Dwight McNeil has had an impressive season for Burnley, recording five assists and two goals in the Premier League so far.
Jay Rodriguez also has five league goals, meaning their graduates have scored 21.2% of their 33 goals.
Harry Kane is Tottenham’s most prominent academy graduate and is their only former youth player to score for the club in the league this season.
The striker managed 11 league goals before his untimely injury, contributing 24.4% of their 45 goals in 2019-20.
3. Norwich City
Norwich may be at the bottom of the table, but the form of their academy graduates has been one positive for the club this season.
Todd Cantwell has scored six league goals, while Jamal Lewis has one goal to his name: 29.1% of their 24 goals.
Chelsea’s transfer ban last summer saw Frank Lampard put his faith in their academy graduates – and they haven’t let him down.
Tammy Abraham has scored 13 league goals for the Blues, while Mason Mount (6), Callum Hudson-Odoi (1) and Fikayo Tomori (1) have also contributed.
Their combined tally makes up 41.1% of Chelsea’s 51 league goals so far this season.
Mason Mount vs Everton:
• 40 of 43 passes completed
• 5 of 5 dribbles completed
• 4 of 5 long balls completed
• 4 ball recoveries
• 2 interceptions
Carried, distributed and scored. pic.twitter.com/rLJcKBuGTv
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) March 8, 2020
1. Manchester United
United are renowned for giving academy graduates a chance in the first team and that hasn’t changed this season.
Marcus Rashford (14), Mason Greenwood (5), Scott McTominay (3), Andreas Pereira (1) and Brandon Williams (1) have all scored for the senior side this season having progressed through the academy.
That makes up 55.8% of United’s 43 goals, making them the only team with more than half of their league goals coming from youth products.