These two Premier League clubs have fielded most local talent this season

Aston Villa and Everton have both given Premier League game time to four players born in the same area as the club.

Aston Villa and Everton may be enduring underwhelming seasons - a huge understatement in the case of the former - but they do have one thing to shout about, as the Telegraph reveals that the two clubs have fielded more 'local' players then any other Premier League sides.

The paper looked at all 20 teams and totted up the number of players born within 15 miles of the club's home ground - or, outside of London, within the same urban conurbation - to have featured for the clubs this season.

Only players to have appeared in the Premier League were included, so any homegrown local youngsters to have cut their teeth in cup competitions were left out.

Bottom side Villa have the dubious consolation of having fielded the joint-highest number of local players, with longest-serving player Gabriel Agbonlahor, captain Micah Richards, centre-back Joleon Lescott, and out-of-favour midfielder Jack Grealish all born in Birmingham.

The claret and blue club are joined in having played four local players by Merseyside club Everton as Roberto Martinez has included Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman and Tyias Browning in his team.

Title-chasing Tottenham also had four, but after Andros Townsend's move to Newcastle United in January only three - Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, and Josh Onomah - remain at White Hart Lane.

Those clubs are closely followed by Spurs' high-flying London rivals West Ham, Manchester United, and Crystal Palace, all of whom have given Premier League game time to three players who fit the Telegraph's 'local' criteria.

In contrast, seven top-flight sides have failed to play a player from the same area, a group that interestingly includes league leaders Leicester City along with all three promoted sides, Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich City.

Swansea City, Stoke City and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Manchester City make up the other three teams not to have given a chance to a local player this season.

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