Sheffield United: Youth academy make it into European awards list

Academics working on behalf of the CIES Football Observatory, one of the game’s most renowned research institutes, have ranked the Bramall Lane development program at number 37 according to data analyzing the revenue the clubs have received from the sale of local players.

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This puts them above teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, SS Lazio, Manchester United, Sevilla, Bayern Munich and Porto if the associated fees and additional payments since the summer of 2015 are taken into consideration.

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Kylian Mpabbe’s transfer to Paris St Germain accounted for 73% of AS Monaco’s total, which put Philippe Clement’s employers at the top of the rankings. Real Madrid are second while Olympique Lyonnais and Ajax are third and fourth respectively.

The study, which estimates that United have generated around €50m using this method over the past seven years, also found that French teams have the most profitable academies – collectively receiving over €1.1bn. euros.

Femi Seriki has progressed through Sheffield United’s youth programme: Darren Staples/Sportimage

United World, the company that owns United, HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, set up to oversee his sporting interests, recently added Chateauroux to its portfolio. Now playing in the third division of the French game after being relegated last season, they count among their former players Florent Malouda, Stéphane Dalmat and Saïd Benrahma.

Aaron Ramsdale joined Arsenal from Sheffield United: Andrew Yates/Sportimage
Kyron Gordon has just made his league debut for Sheffield United: Andrew Yates/Sportimage