Next Generation 2014: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs
The UK Guardian newspaper has identified some of the best young talent coming through in the Premier League, picking one player from each club born between 1 September 1997 and 31 August 1998, an age band also known as first-year scholars.
The 'expert' Guardian selections are here
The age bias of birthdates is as follows :
September - December : 13 ( 9 in September and October )
Janaury - April:6
May - August : 1 ( Aaron Lewis from Swamsea City )
So two thirds of the players selected were born in the first months after the qualification date and almost 50% in the first 8 weeks !!
Perhaps it would have been valuable for the Guardian to read this excellent summary of the Relative Age Effect in Soccer by Prof Jay Williams of Virginia Tech here or the original reseracher in this field - Craig Simmons here