A new study conducted by The Football Observatory, a research group based in Switzerland, revealed that Ligue1 is an absolute heaven for young players. There are no less than 4 Ligue1 clubs in the top 5 youngest teams in Europe:
1. Real Sociedad (ESP) 21.75
2. Nice (FRA) 21.92
3. Marseille (FRA) 22.06
4. Lyon (FRA) 22.09
5. Toulouse (FRA) 22.29
6. Werder Bremen (GER) 22.37
7. Real Madrid (ESP) 22.44
8. Schalke (GER) 22.58
9. Barcelona (ESP) 22.66
10. Dortmund (GER) 22.66
We have discussed Nice many times this season and the primary reason for so many young players is coach’s Puel predilection for finding talents and promoting them.
There is no surprise in Lyon’s case as for a decade already they are known for finding young talents and promotimg them. Of course this strategy has its setbacks as they have been left outside of Europe for a couple of seasons, but now with young players like Fekir, N’Jie or Tolisso they struck gold.
Marseille’s presence in that table is a bit surprising as they had only 3 young players in the lineup throughout the season: fullback Mendy, winger Thauvin and midfielder Lemina.
This season Toulouse struggled to avoid relegation mostly because the team lacked chemistry and was mediocre in value. Defenders Akpa Akpro, Sylla, Yago, Spajic struggled to fit in and build relations with teammates. Keepers Ahamada and Boucher also lacked experience (only 23) and as a result Toulouse ended up having one of the poorest defenses in the tournament (2nd worst after Reims)