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The Premier League’s top six are becoming less reliant on players from the British Isles,

In their pursuit of success, a Unibet study has revealed.

The alarming rate of British player decline among the Premier League's top sixThe study which was based around Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham revealed players from Central European nations (70) held the greater amount of positions in these team’s squad than players from the British Isles (58) for the first time since the Premier League was founded in 1992.

So who are the countries represented?

British Isles: England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Central Europe: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

But doesn’t Central Europe have a greater chance of having great numbers to due the greater number of nations? By looking purely at the number of countries, yes that region does have a greater chance of making an impact in English football. But it’s the statistics which make for scary reading for British football fans.

In the inaugural season of the Premier League, these clubs used a total of 162 squad members who represented the British Isles in that season. Fast forward to the 2016/17 campaign where that figure has dropped to 59 players, a fall of 65%.

The heavyweights have become also gradually become less reliant on British players throughout time also. Throughout the maiden season of England’s re-established top-flight 90% of players were British compared to this season where only 33% are of British descent.

On the other hand, the number of players from Central European countries has taken a sharp rise from 3 in the 1992/93 season to 70 this campaign. A true reflection of how much of a say these countries are having on the Premier League.

How do the teams rank in terms of nationalities used?

Manchester City come out on top in that department with 56, while cross-town rivals United come in last with 40. A full list can be viewed below:

1. Manchester City – 56,
2. Arsenal – 51, Tottenham Hotspur – 51
3. Chelsea – 45, Liverpool – 45
4. Manchester United – 40

Which nationality of player is most likely to play for my club?

Unibet have broken down the stats to discover where your club is electing to sign their players from.

Arsenal: France, Spain, Netherlands
Chelsea: France, Italy, Portugal
Liverpool: Spain, France, Ireland
Manchester City: Ireland, France, Argentina
Manchester United: France, Ireland, Netherlands
Tottenham Hotspur: Ireland, France, Scotland

If you are interested in more of these stats visit the Unibet study results here.

Originally published at outside90.com

Post written by Brayden May, Twitter: @Braydenmay
for Outside 90, Blog: outside90.com, Twitter: @Outside90

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