Top 5 Youngest Teams in Europe’s Big Leagues Including Boehly’s Clubs Chelsea and Strasbourg

Top 5 Youngest Teams in Europe’s Big Leagues Including Boehly’s Clubs Chelsea and Strasbourg

Elijah Odetokun
April 4, 2024 at 2:48 PM
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  • Chelsea and Strasbourg are clubs owned by Todd Boehly's consortium
  • The clubs have two of the youngest teams in Europe's top five leagues
  • It communicates the owners' vision to build a talented young squad

BlueCo, the consortium that owns the English club Chelsea and French club RC Strasbourg, has a clearly defined vision of building young squads ready to compete in the next few years.

The consortium, led by American billionaire Todd Boehly and backed by equity company Clearlake Capital, has focused its recruitment on young players since taking over both clubs.

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Chelsea players celebrate after beating Newcastle United on penalties in the Carabao Cup. Photo from @ChelseaFC.
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Sports Brief looks at the top five youngest squads in Europe's big five leagues.

Youngest teams in Europe's big 5 leagues

1. Toulouse

Per Transfermarkt, French side Toulouse have the youngest team in Europe's elite 5, averaging 23.4. They sit 11th on the Ligue 1 table and were eliminated in the Europa League playoffs by Benfica after finishing second behind Liverpool in the group stage.

2. Chelsea

The Blues offloaded some of their aged stars and signed young players. The average age of their recruitment since BlueCo took over was 20.7 years, while the average squad age is 23.6; this was driven up by Thiago Silva, 39 and Marcus Bettinelli, 31. They are 12th on the Premier League table, lost the Carabao Cup final and are in the FA Cup semi-final.

3. Valencia

The Spanish club have the third youngest squad, with an average age of 24.0. They sit eighth on the La Liga table, 11 points behind European places. Goalkeeper Jaume Domenech is the team's oldest member at 33 years old.

4. RC Strasbourg

Chelsea's sister club, RC Strasbourg, are fourth on the list, with their squad's average age of 24.5. Per Talksport, the club ultras are displeased with the management and have staged a series of protests. They are 12th on the table, six points above the relegation zone.

5. Frosinone

The Italian Serie A newcomers have the youngest squad in the league and the fifth in Europe's big five, averaging 24.6 years. They are 17th on the league table, level on points with Empoli on 18th.

Cole Palmer blasts Chelsea teammates

Sports Brief reported on Cole Palmer blasting Chelsea teammates after their 2-2 draw against Burnley at Stamford Bridge in their first game after the international break.

The 21-year-old scored two goals, but defensive lapses ensured 10-man Burnley equalised each time, and the former Manchester City star was displeased.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.