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Royals' back four youngest in the League

27 October 2014

Royals' defence leads the way

Reading's back four is the youngest in the Sky Bet Championship.

Saturday's back line of Obita (20), Hector (22), Gunter and Pearce (both 25) has an average age of 23 years, which is six years younger than the oldest defence in the division.

Three out of Saturday's back four came through the youth system here at Madejski Stadium.

And the other Royals to play at the back for us this season are Jake Cooper (19), Sean Long (19), Sean Morrison (23) and Shaun Cummings (25) so there has been a consistent youthful feel to our defence.

Our youngest starting back four this season was away to Sheff Wed when Jake Cooper played, and we averaged 22.25. At Scunthorpe in the cup we ended the game with an average of 22.

The overall League average defensive age this weekend was 26.38, which means our back four is more than three years away from being a 'normal' defensive age in this division.

In addition, each of our back four is at least a year below the average age of a defender in this division, while Jordan Obita has more than five years to go before he reaches the average age of a defender in this league.

Sky Bet Championship
Defence average age 25.10.14


Reading 23 years
Middlesbrough 23.25
Wolves 23.25
Brentford 23.5
Blackburn 24.5
Fulham 24.75
Cardiff 24.75
Wigan 26
Derby 26.25
Charlton 26.25
Bournemouth 26.75
Ipswich 27
Huddersfield 27
Nottm Forest 27
Leeds 27.25
Sheff Wed 27.25
Watford 27.25
Millwall 27.75
Brighton 27.75
Birmingham 28.25
Bolton 28.25
Blackpool 28.5
Norwich 28.5
Rotherham 29.25

Stats: soccerbase.com and football-lineups.com

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