Wednesday October 29 2014
Serie A Europe’s least productive

Serie A is the worst performing League from Europe’s top five when it comes to its clubs producing homegrown talent, according to a report.

The CIES Football Observatory has published their latest study this week, which takes into account the first semester of 2014 and has assessed each club’s production line from Spain, England, Germany, France and Italy’s top flights.

Specifically, the report details the number of players each club from each of the five top Leagues are homegrown, as well as how many homegrown players are now playing for another club in one of the top five Leagues.

Homegrown players are categorised for this report as having spent at least three years between the ages of 15 and 21 at the club.

Only Atalanta, Inter, Roma Empoli and Milan appear to consistently promote youngsters from their academies and make the top 52 clubs listed in the report.

Spanish giants Barcelona sit on top with a total of 43 club trained players on their books or playing for another big-five club, having 13 in their current squad added to a further 30 playing elsewhere.

Atalanta (5+17) are joint ninth on a par with Arsenal, Bordeaux and Lens, whilst Inter are 19th (4+14).

Roma are joint 20th (3+14) with Stuttgart, Toulouse, Sevilla and River Plate, while Milan (3+11) sit on a distant 34th place alongside Empoli (7+7), Freiburg, Aston Villa, Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen.

Generally speaking, Ligue 1 are on top in developing young talent from within, with a notable 24.6 per cent of club-trained players, while Serie A come last with just 9.6 per cent of players in its League homegrown.

La Liga boast 22.4 per cent, the Bundesliga 16.4 per cent and the Premier League 13.9 per cent.

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