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Top eight youngest starting XIs in Premier League history

Published at :February 6, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Modified at :February 6, 2024 at 2:00 PM
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Rohit Sarkar


Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and relive these remarkable moments

In football, where youth often takes centre stage, we look into the archives to unearth the top 8 Youngest Starting XIs in Premier League history. These electrifying matches not only showcased the raw talent of emerging players but also etched their names in football history. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and relive these remarkable moments.

These historic matches not only etched their names in the record books but also showcased the vibrant youth in football. From Arsenal’s attacking class to Manchester United’s rising stars, each match tells a unique story of youthful brilliance. As we celebrate these moments, we anticipate the continued rise of young talents, shaping the future of football.

8. Chelsea: 23 Years, 21 Days

On the memorable day of December 27, 2023, Chelsea showcased an astonishing starting XI against Crystal Palace. The lineup, with an average age of 23 years and 21 days, featured rising stars such as Djordje Petrovic, Moisés Caicedo, and Mykhailo Mudryk. This remarkable composition not only secured a 2-1 victory but also etched its name in the Premier League history books.

Chelsea Starting XI: Djordje Petrovic, Malo Gusto, Axel Disasi, Benoît Badiashile, Levi Colwill, Conor Gallagher, Moisés Caicedo, Ian Maatsen, Christopher Nknunku, Mykhailo Mudryk, Armando Broja, Nicolas Jackson.

7. Everton: 23 Years, 14 Days

Rewind to December 28, 1997, and Everton‘s youthful squad took centre stage against Bolton Wanderers. With an average age of 23 years and 14 days, players like Richard Dunne and Nick Barmby exhibited exceptional skill, contributing to a thrilling 3-2 win.

Everton Starting XI: Thomas Myhre, Richard Dunne, Carl Tiler, Michael Ball, Andy Hinchcliffe, Tony Thomas, John Oster, Nick Barmby, Gareth Farrelly, Danny Cadamarteri, Duncan Ferguson.

6. Manchester City: 22 Years, 360 Days

In a gripping encounter on August 17, 2008, Aston Villa faced off against Manchester City, emerging victorious with a scoreline of 4-2. However, the average age of Manchester City’s starting XI was just 22 years and 360 days, featuring talents like Joe Hart, Micah Richards, and Martin Petrov.

Man City Starting XI: Joe Hart, Vedran Corluka, Micah Richards, Tal Ben-Haim, Javier Garrido, Kelvin Etuhu, Gelson Fernandes, Michael Johnson, Martin Petrov, Elano, Ched Evans.

5. Leeds United: 22 Years, 341 Days

A memorable clash unfolded on October 21, 2000, as Manchester United dominated Leeds United with a commanding 3-0 victory. The starting XI of Leeds United, however, had an average age of 22 years and 341 days and included stalwarts like Gary Kelly, Lee Bowyer, and Mark Viduka.

Leeds Starting XI: Paul Robinson, Gary Kelly, Dominic Matteo, Danny Hay, Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Stephen McPhail, Jacob Burns, Matt Jones, Alan Smith, Mark Viduka.

4. Arsenal: 22 Years, 315 Days

On May 11, 2008, Arsenal faced Sunderland in a tense encounter, securing a narrow 1-0 victory. The starting XI, boasting an average age of 22 years and 315 days, exhibited a perfect blend of experience and youth, with players like Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor leading the charge.

Arsenal Starting XI: Lukasz Fabianski, Alex Song, Philippe Senderos, Johan Djourou, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Eboué, Denilson, Gilberto Silva, Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Adebayor, Nicklas Bendtner.

3. Manchester United: 22 Years, 284 Days

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Manchester United’s starting XI had an average age of 22 years and 284 days against Crystal Palace on May 21, 2017

The date was May 21, 2017, and Manchester United triumphed over Crystal Palace with a 2-0 scoreline. The starting XI, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days, showcased emerging talents like Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe, contributing to a memorable victory.

Man United Starting XI: Joel Pereira, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Josh Harrop, Wayne Rooney.

2. Arsenal: 22 Years, 237 Days

A defining moment occurred on May 2, 2009, when Arsenal faced Portsmouth, clinching a convincing 3-0 win. The starting XI, averaging 22 years and 237 days, featured stars like Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, and Andrey Arshavin, creating a performance that resonated with Arsenal’s legacy.

Arsenal Starting XI: Lukasz Fabianski, Bacary Sagna, Alex Song, Johan Djourou, Emmanuel Eboué, Theo Walcott, Denilson, Aaron Ramsey, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela.

1. Middlesbrough: 20 Years, 181 Days

Rewind to May 7, 2006, and witness Fulham‘s triumph against Middlesbrough with a 1-0 scoreline. The starting XI of Middlesbrough, with an average age of 20 years and 181 days, included future stars like Andrew Davies and Adam Johnson, marking a pivotal moment in Premier League history.

Middlesbrough Starting XI: Ross Turnbull, Andrew Davies, Matthew Bates, David Wheater, Andrew Taylor, James Morrison, Jason Kennedy, Lee Cattermole, Malcolm Christie, Danny Graham, Adam Johnson.

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