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Academy rewards! Sportsmail's guide to the top-flight teams with the most players who have come thro

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11 May 2009 14:13:55

Academy rewards! Sportsmail's guide to the top-flight teams with the most players who have come thro

Finally, some good news for West Ham fans. The Hammers' famous academy, which nurtured the likes of Joe Cole and Frank Lampard, is alive and well. Gianfranco Zola fielded six home-grown players against Liverpool at the weekend - two more than any other Barclays Premier League team. West Ham may have lost 3-0, but the club has captured the market for identifying future stars in London - no other side from the capital fielded more than one former academy player. The north-west is the other hotbed of home-grown talent. The Manchester derby saw eight players who came through the youth systems of City and United.Here is Sportsmail's guide to the one-club players in action at the weekend. WEST HAM (6) James Tomkins Mark Noble Junior Stanislas Jack Collison Freddie Sears Josh Payne  MANCHESTER CITY (4) Nedum Onuoha Micah Richards Stephen Ireland Ched Evans MANCHESTER UNITED (4) Ryan Giggs Jonny Evans Darren Fletcher Paul Scholes  ASTON VILLA (2) Gabriel Agbonlahor Gareth Barry  EVERTON (2) Jack Rodwell Leon Osman  LIVERPOOL (2) Steven Gerrard Jamie Carragher ARSENAL (1) Kieran Gibbs  CHELSEA (1) John Terry  SUNDERLAND (1) Grant Leadbitter TOTTENHAM (1) Ledley King STOKE (1) Andy Wilkinson  WIGAN (0) BLACKBURN (0) FULHAM (0) WEST BROM (0)  BOLTON (0) PORTSMOUTH (0) HULL CITY (0)   Grounds for concern?


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