Which Teams in the JPL 19/20 Gave the Most Chances to U21 Players?

18-04-2020

Which Teams in the JPL 19/20 Gave the Most Chances to U21 Players? And How This Could Be Beneficial to Handle the Consequences of the Corona Crisis

With the corona crisis all clubs experienced a significant drop in the market values of their squad, reflecting the uncertainty in the transfer market. Young players could become more interesting as they earn lower salaries compared to experienced players, thereby having a mitigating impact on the salary budget for clubs in corona times.

In this post, we evaluate which teams in the Jupiler Pro League 19/20 already give many minutes to U21 players (youth academy and recruitment), which could allow them to longer endure the negative consequences of the lockdown on European football. By looking at given playing minutes to U21 players by Belgian 1st division clubs, we see that RSC Anderlecht is the most youth oriented team, giving many chances to youth academy players like Jeremy Doku and Antoine Colassin. To put things in perspective RSC Anderlecht gives 3 times as much playing minutes to U21 players compared to Club Brugge.

Racing Genk also comes out positive, being second when it comes to giving chances to young players. Recruited U21 players like Jhon Lucumi, Carlos Cuesta and Kristian Torstvedt regularly feature as starters. Royal Antwerp FC seems to be the team where U21 players don't get regular playing time. With the corona crisis they could be forced to let players like Steven Defour and Kevin Mirallas go, who weigh heavily on the salary budget.