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LALIGA

Continuity paying off for LaLiga leaders Bilbao and Madrid

According to data from the CIES, LaLiga leaders Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid are the two Spanish clubs that have least depended on new recruits this season.

Continuity has so far paid off for LaLiga leaders Bilbao and Madrid

The CIES Football Observatory has published a report detailing the percentage of total domestic league minutes played by new squad additions for all clubs in the big-five European leagues so far this season.

According to the CIES data, Fiorentina is the club that has so far shown the most confidence in new recruits, which have played 69.5% of total domestic league minutes available. It must be noted that a lot of those minutes went to players who have returned from loan spells, but the club’s new owners have also made good use of several new signings, such as Kevin-Prince Boateng, Erick Pulgar, Franck Ribéry and Martín Cáceres.

Fellow Serie A club Hellas Verona is in second place with 58.5%, followed by Sevilla in third. Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui has given 54.3% of the possible minutes available to new signings. Among those new faces at the Pizjuán that have been key start to the club’s decent start to the season are Diego Carlos, Fernando and Jordán.

Real Madrid and Bilbao stick with continuity

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao is the club that has given the least perentage of minutes to new players amongst all clubs in the big-five leagues, with just 1.3%. This is explained by the fact that the Basque club made no new signings this summer (the eight new additions to the squad have been young players promoted from the 'B' team or returning loaned players). But considering that Los Leones are currently sitting top of LaLiga, continuity has so far served coach Gaizka Garitano well. The same can be said for German club RB Leipzig, which has the second lowest percentage after Athletic (3.0%) and is currently leading Bundesliga.

In respect to the other clubs of reference in Spain: Atletico Madrid’s new signings, such as Kieran Trippier, Lodi and Joao Felix, have played 30.5% of the total domestic league minutes available, while Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has given 17.7% of the available minutes to new squad additions, with Frenkie de Jong and Griezmann leading the pack.

Real Madrid, which spent a staggering 307.5 million euros in the summer, has only depended on new signings for 10.3% of the total minutes available, the second lowest figure among LaLiga clubs after Bilbao. It must be noted that Eden Hazard has so far missed the majority of the domestic league minutes due to injury, playing 120 minutes over the last two games since his return.

Meanwhile, Militao has played a total of just 30 minutes; Ferland Mendy 180 minutes; James 223 minutes; and Jovic 106 minutes; while Rodrygo and Areola have yet to make their LaLiga debuts.

Zidane has so far entrusted the old guard, and like for Bilbao coach Garitano, that decision has so far paid off considering the fact that Madrid sit in second place and level on points with Los Leones.

Percentage of minutes played by new signings in Big-5 leagues (source: CIES Football Observatory)

Position Club % Position Club %
1 Athletic Bilbao 1,3 50 Eibar 22,6
2 RB Leipzig 3 51 Roma 23
3 Tottenham 5 52 PSG 23,2
4 Wolverhampton 5,1 53 Inter Milán 23,5
5 Schalke 04 5,2 54 Paderborn 23,7
6 Norwich 5,3 55 Olympique de Lyon 24
7 Atalanta 5,5 56 Bournemouth 24,1
8 Crystal Palace 6,4 57 B. Möenchengladbach 24,1
9 Leicester City 7 58 Espanyol 24,3
10 Milán 7,6 59 Osasuna 24,9
11 Manchester City 7,7 60 Fortuna Düsseldorf 25,3
12 Liverpool 8,3 61 Montpellier 25,5
13 Bayer Leverkusen 9 62 Manchester United 25,8
14 Torino 9,5 63 Celta 26,3
15 Freiburgo 10,3 64 Betis 27,5
16 Real Madrid 10,3 65 Alavés 27,5
17 Wolfsburgo 10,4 66 Brest 28
18 West Ham 10,6 67 Bolonia 28,4
19 Lazio 10,7 68 Toulouse 29
20 Watford 10,9 69 Rennes 29,7
21 Burnley 10,9 70 Atlético de Madrid 30,5
22 Stade Reims 11,1 71 Brescia 30,8
23 Niza 13,1 72 Getafe 32
24 Valladolid 13,7 73 Udinese 32,7
25 Valencia 13,8 74 Parma 32,8
26 Hertha Berlín 13,9 75 Eintracht Frankfurt 33,3
27 Everton 14 76 Chelsea 33,6
28 Nápoli 14,3 77 Granada 33,7
29 Nantes 14,4 78 Hoffenheim 34,4
30 O. Marseille 14,7 79 Girondins 35,7
31 Angers 15,1 80 Amiens 36,7
32 Brighton 15,3 81 Colonia 37,5
33 Metz 15,6 82 Nimes 37,9
34 Strasbourg 15,6 83 Villarreal 38,3
35 Sheffield United 16,4 84 SPAL 38,4
36 Arsenal 16,6 85 Sassuolo 39,1
37 Barcelona 17,7 86 Dijon 39,2
38 Sampdoria 18,2 87 Cagliari 39,9
39 Mainz 18,2 88 Saint-Etienne 40,9
40 Werder Bremen 19,1 89 Mónaco 42,5
41 Real Sociedad 19,4 90 Lille 43,1
42 Juventus 20 91 Lecce 44,5
43 Newcastle 20,3 92 Genoa 45,6
44 Levante 20,4 93 Unión Berlín 48,1
45 Southampton 20,7 94 Aston Villa 50,4
46 Bayern Munich 21 95 Augsburgo 50,8
47 Mallorca 21,1 96 Sevilla 54,3
48 Leganés 21,5 97 Hellas Verona 58,5
49 Borussia Dortmund 22,5 98 Fiorentina 69,5