Each Premier League club ranked by how many of their first-team regulars from last season remain

Now that the transfer window has slammed shut and the associated madness is beginning to dissipate, we can start to pick through its aftermath. While we can’t predict which of the summer’s new signings will win and ultimately hold down a place in the first team this season, we *can* quantify the hole left by the players who have departed each club.

What we’ve done here is to add up all the minutes played by each Premier League club’s players last season – around 40,000 for the 17 surviving top flight sides and 49,000 for the three promoted teams – and see how many of those minutes were clocked by players who are still at the club today.

We’ve also looked at how many first team regulars – which we’ve defined as being a player who racked up at least 1,000 minutes last season – have remained in situ after the summer trading.

Both of these numbers are illustrated in the graphic below, which shows the club in descending order of how similar their squad is in terms of minutes played last season.

Despite their disappointing showing last season, Everton are another side to have remained largely unchanged, although this may be a case of financial necessity rather than choice. Veteran Sylvain Distin (1,618) was the only notable departure, but Roberto Martinez may be forced into the market in January if Chelsea reassert their interest in John Stones.

Raheem Sterling’s (3,236) departure sparked a summer of change at Liverpool, who also saw Steven Gerrard (2,392), Glen Johnson (1,435) and Mario Balotelli (1,003) move on.

Aston Villa look to be making a clean break from the Paul Lambert era, although the exits of Fabian Delph (2,607) and Christian Benteke (2,543) – two of six significant summer departures – will have forced their hand somewhat.

And there’s a stark contrast between two of the newly-promoted sides, with Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe largely keeping the faith with the small core of players that took them up while Watford have rung the changes significantly. The Hornets have jettisoned seven first-team regulars from their promotion-winning squad, including Matej Vydra (2,773) whose 16 goals last term were seemingly outweighed by memories of his difficult season in the top flight with West Brom.

Louis van Gaal has been ruthless with the players he’s let leave the club since taking over at Manchester United, and this summer saw the departure of four players who played significant minutes last campaign. Robin van Persie (2,242) will be plying his trade in Turkey, while Radamel Falcao (1,377) and Jonny Evans (1,156) remain in the Premier League for now. Angel Di Maria (1,748) was the other to be sent on his way, although there seemed to be few complaints from the player.

Elsewhere, Nathaniel Clyne (3,382) played more minutes for Southampton last season than anyone except Jose Fonte and Graziano Pelle, and was one of three significant players to say goodbye to the club – Toby Alderweireld (2,427) will take his defensive nous to Tottenham and Morgan Schneiderlin (2,336) is already racking up the minutes at United.