English Players Getting More Premier League Time

Last updated : 20 July 2021 By Three Lions

The percentage of playing time for England-qualified players in the top-flight was 38% in the 2020/21 season, the highest figure for 11 years.

Stars of England's European Championship such as Bukayo Saka and Mason Mount contributed to the figure.

Playing time for English under-21's also rose to 6.4% according to data from CIES Football Observatory.

The emergence of home-grown talent over the past few years has combined with a greater willingness among clubs to use it and also some external factors such as the changing nature of the transfer market following the UK's exit from the European Union.

Another force at play in 2020/21 was the unique nature of the season, coming hot on the heels of the delayed 2019/20 campaign which left clubs with less time than usual perhaps to bring in new signings from overseas and allow them a pre-season to get up to speed.