Stats: The youngsters are leading the charge for Barcelona this season, with Gavi and Pedri key stars.
The inclusion of several young players is one of the main reasons this Barcelona team is so likable.
The fact that this team’s stars are its youthful players—including Pedri, Gavi, Ansu Fati, Eric Garcia, and Alejandro Balde, to name a few—enchants the typical fan even more. The amount of youngsters on La Liga’s second-place team was exposed in a recent SPORT report.
The CIES Football Observatory conducted a study, according to which the average age of the Catalan giants’ team is 25.5 years.
According to additional information, Barça is the 11th-youngest squad competing in the top five European leagues, behind Valencia (23.99), Stuttgart (24.22), and Southampton (24.40).
However, Xavi’s team gives the most minutes—29.5%—to players under the age of 21. Almeria (28.2%), Montpellier (27.7%), Arsenal (26.7%), and Hellas Verona (26.7%) round out the top five.
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The second youthful team in the Spanish top division is Barcelona’s.
Contrarily, the five-time Champions League champions, who are second in the league behind Girona, only provide players between the ages of 26 and 29, 6.5% of their total playing time.
This age group includes players like Memphis Depay, Andreas Christensen, and Hector Bellerin.
Players 30 years of age or older receive 28.2% of all playing time; names like Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Marcos Alonso, and Sergi Roberto come to mind.
The club ranks first for giving players between the ages of 22 and 25 game time, but ranks 13th overall in La Liga for minutes given to players in this age group.