Together with the University of Antwerp, our colleague Laurenz Van Looveren conducted a research on international youth transfers. The research analyses whether it is a good choice for talented young Belgian players (aged around 16 years old) to make a transfer to the English Premier League.

This research led to the following conclusions:

  • Youth players who stay in Belgium have higher chances to break through compared to youth players going to the English Premier League
  • Going to the English Premier League as a youth player has a negative impact on the quality of the player (see visual below)

  • Going to the English Premier League as a youth player has a negative impact on the market value of the player (see visual below)

  • No significant difference for transfers of youth players to other countries.

The full research paper will be published later this year. The presentation with more details can be found here.

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