Which club has produced the fifth most current English Premier League players through their youth system?
They aren’t a Premier League club. In fact they aren’t even in the Football League at the moment.
The answer? Kenilworth Road outfit Luton Town .
While the senior side haven’t had much success in recent years, and are far from the heights of the late 80s when they won the League Cup in a dramatic final against Arsenal, it is a very different story at youth level.
Sitting below just Manchester United, West Ham, Manchester City and Everton, Luton have eight gradates from their youth programs currently playing in England’s top flight.
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere , Aston Villa’s Curtis Davies , West Ham’s Matthew Upson , Bolton’s Matthew Taylor , Wigan’s Emmerson Boyce , Wolves’ Kevin Foley , and West Brom’s Jerome Thomas and Leon Barnett (currently on loan at Norwich) all came though the youth ranks at the Bedfordshire club.
And Celtic’s Republic of Ireland international Daryl Murphy was also there.
Luton Under 15s made history in January, becoming the first English team to win the Hassia Bingen International Tournament, beating FC Mainz 05 in the final in Germany.
And looking at their impressive development program, the triumph isn’t all that surprising.