Barcelona ranked as top Spanish side to field youth players

One of the running themes in Barcelona news this season has been the faith shown by the club in fielding young players.

PedriIlaix MoribaOscar Mingueza and Ansu Fati are among the stars who have featured prominently this campaign and have all – to varying degrees – improved as players.

Now, a study from the CIES Football Observatory has shown that the Blaugrana have given more minutes to Under-21 players than any other La Liga club this campaign.

Precisely 15 percent of minutes that the Catalan giants have handed out this campaign have been to players aged 21 or under.

Barcelona just miss out on a place in the top 10 in European terms – the overall list in Europe’s top five leagues is topped by Borussia Dortmund (28.5 percent of minutes) while seven of the top 10 places are occupied by French clubs.

The next Spanish club is 17th on the list is Valencia – on 11.3 percent of minutes to Under-21 players – and then Real Madrid, 29th, on 7.6 percent.