West Ham have been leading the way this season when it comes to using their academy players.

Players to have come from the club’s academy have played a total of 2,629 Premier League minutes between them this season – more than at any other club in the division.

Mark Noble has led the way for the Hammers’ academy players and has appeared in 15 league matches and been on the pitch for 1,270 minutes.

He’s followed by James Tomkins (1,225 minutes), Reece Oxford (133 minutes ) and Josh Cullen (one minute).

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic congratulates teenager Reece Oxford.

Other clubs have used more academy players than West Ham though.

Tottenham have had seven of their academy players represent them in the Premier League this season amassing a total of 2,226 minutes playing time.

Harry Kane has been the Spurs academy’s leading light having played 1,400 minutes this season.

He’s followed by Ryan Mason (490 minutes) and Nabil Bentaleb (166 minutes).

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Manchester United’s academy has produced six of their players this season, though they have only played 957 minutes between them. Jesse Lingard has had the most game time (380 minutes) followed by Patrick McNair (268 minutes).

Arsenal have played three academy products this season in a combined total of 2,155 minutes of play – Hector Bellerin (1,260 minutes), Francis Coquelin (894 minutes) and Alex Iwobi (one minute).

Academy league

Club | Players | Minutes

West Ham | 4 | 2629

Tottenham | 7 | 2226

Arsenal | 3 | 2155

Aston Villa | 3 | 1986

Everton | 3 | 1736

Newcastle | 4 | 1595

Leicester | 3 | 1552

Southampton | 2 | 1328

Crystal Palace | 1 | 997

Man United | 6 | 957

Chelsea | 3 | 944

West Brom | 1 | 691

Liverpool | 2 | 542

Norwich | 1 | 180

Man City | 1 | 166

Bournemouth | 0 | 0

Stoke | 0 | 0

Sunderland | 0 | 0

Swansea | 0 | 0

Watford | 0 | 0

Grand Total | 49 | 21184