Premier League hits nine-year high on opening weekend of the season

There was a nine-year high on the number of English players given the opportunity to start across a single Premier League matchweek on the opening weekend of this season.

That has been revealed by the Premier League on their official Twitter account, with the total of 83 Englishman being the highest since the opening matchweek of the 2010/11 campaign.

Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea will see our younger players be granted more and more opportunities to impress as the season progresses, with many of the most promising being English.

Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount both started at Old Trafford, with a third Englishman, Ross Barkley, also being involved. We certainly played our part in the achievement of the above.

Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi remain out injured, with Fikayo Tomori also waiting for an opportunity. We get the feeling that Gareth Southgate is going to be a regular at Stamford Bridge this season…