Local talent receiving chances in the Super League
While the economic crisis in Greece has affected the Super League, it has forced clubs to use their own talent. The statistics prove this too, with more Greek players participating in the country’s top footballing tier.
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Before the 2017/2018 season started, there were 300 Greek footballers in the Super League with each club having an average of 19 on their books. In comparison, 214 foreigners were recorded and every team had approximately 13 on the roster. The proportion between Greek and foreign players in the Super League stood at 52.6%-47.4% in favour of home grown talent.
In the 2016/2017 Super League campaign, 477 players were active in the championship with 251 from Greece and the remaining 226 foreign citizens. Also, 32% of the Greeks (155) had progressed from their club’s academy, something which displays that Super League teams are beginning to rely on their own talents more than in the past.
Nevertheless, those figures are continuing to rise. During the first half of the 2017/2018 season, now 130 of the 387 players involved in this year’s Super League (34%) have emerged from club’s academies. Without doubt, Greek teams are allowing their own local players to showcase their capabilities at the highest level. A perfect example is Panathinaikos, who were forced to sell many of their foreign players in the January transfer window and are giving their academy products such as Paschalis Staikos and Sotiris-Pantelis Pispas an opportunity to prove their worth in the Super League. Back in the 2016/2017 campaign, 44 young players from club academies made their Super League debuts.