One of the benefits of the massive amounts of money that has poured into the English Premiership since it's inception has been the subsequent ability of teams to purchase the best talent from around the globe.The following graphs chart the changing make up of the origins of the talent over the league as a whole through 20 seasons.
Initially the majority of the non English talent in the EPL unsurprisingly came from the three other home countries of Scotland,Wales,Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland.Numerically the amount of players from these four near neighbours has remained fairly constant over the twenty seasons,However proportionally their influence has steadily declined as teams have purchased initially from Europe,but latterly from the Rest of the World as well.The biggest fall has been seen in the number of English born players making at least one start per season in the EPL,falling from around 400 in 1992 to around half of those numbers in recent years.
Some interesting trends tied to the expansion of the nationalities of the EPL managers can be noted in the figures with both French,Spanish and Portuguese players becoming more prominent in the noughties.Also the recent surge in the purchase of outstanding African qualified talent and and increase in players from traditional powerhouse countries such as Argentina and Brazil can be spotted in the various graph.
(The scales used on some graphs aren't always consistent,but most countries would barely register if this wasn't the case.So just check the vertical axis before comparing graphs.Drag the slider at the bottom left of each graph to see all the countries featured).
How Many Players from Great Britain and Ireland have Started at least One EPL game over the Last 20 EPL seasons.
How Many Players from the Rest of the World have Started at least One EPL game over the Last 20 EPL seasons.
How the Proportion of European and Home Countries in the EPL has Changed over the Last 20 seasons.
How the Proportion of Non European Countries in the EPL has Changed over the Last 20 seasons.
How the Proportion of Nationalities in the EPL have Declined or Risen over the Last Two Decades.
How Recruitment in the EPL has shifted away from Europe towards Africa and the Rest of the World over the Last Decade.