Championship: How many minutes have the likes of Leeds United and Aston Villa given to youngsters this season?


Championship: How many minutes have the likes of Leeds United and Aston Villa given to youngsters this season?

When promotion is at stake, the chance to make it into the play-off places or avoid relegation, clubs may feel giving young players a chance in the first team is too much of a risk.

Established stars or big money signings will take priority and rightly so, especially when there is so much to play for.

The saying is if you are good enough you are old enough and there are enough players in the Championship this season that have proved that to be true.

James has flourished after being given plenty of game time at Wigan

On-loan Chelsea defender Reece James has played 44 times for Wigan Athletic and only missed 77 minutes, earning himself a place in the Team of the Year.

The 19-year-old is being tipped for a first-team role at Stamford Bridge when he returns.

Dean Henderson, still only 22, has not missed a single minute of action for Sheffield United and his 20 clean sheets have helped the Blades go second.

talkSPORT.com has taken a look at which sides in the Championship have given the most minutes to players aged 23 and under this season.