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Premier League clubs behind Europe in chances for U21s - CIES

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The table shows active players born on or after Jan 1, 1995.

German side Schalke are leading the way when it comes to giving players under the age of 21 a chance in the first-team, while the French Ligue 1 offers the most opportunities for young players as the Premier League lags behind, according to a CIES study.

Schalke are currently sixth in the Bundesliga but their U21 trio of Maximilian Meyer, Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sane have all played in over 77 percent of minutes this season.

The French league sees the likes of Troyes' striker Corentin Jean, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Marseille and Bordeaux goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni all featuring regularly for their clubs, but there is less good news for the Premier League.

Indeed, while Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin has played in 92.3 percent of available minutes, Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has 89.6 percent and Tottenham's Dele Alli has 74.8 percent, there are only seven representatives from England on the entire list.

Everton's Brendan Galloway, Watford's Nathan Ake, Southampton's Matt Targett and United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are the other four.

France (16), Germany (14), Spain (13), Italy (10) all have more players in the top 10 than England (7).

Only one player under the age of 21 has played in 100 percent of his team's games: Hoffenheim centre-back Niklas Sule.

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