Top 20 wonderkids in Europe’s top five leagues, including Liverpool star, Ex-Arsenal man, and Leicester aces

18 Apr

On Tuesday night, Matthijs de Ligt once again showed why he is considered one of the best young prospects in European football.

Still only 19, he netted the key goal for Ajax as they defeated Juventus in the Champions League and sealed their progression to the semi-finals of the competition.

De Ligt wheels away in celebration after sealing a monumental win for Ajax

Wonderfully composed, blessed technically and a strong presence too, it’s no wonder Barcelona are among the clubs expected stump up a huge fee for his transfer in the summer.

Given team-mate Frenkie de Jong has already joined the Spaniards for £65million, De Ligt may well leave for a similar, if not higher sum.

The Dutchman’s performances in the Champions League have shown he should be able to cope with the step up in league level, despite many still feeling the Eredivisie lacks any strength and depth. But who are the top wonderkids from Europe’s top five leagues?

We’ve taken a look at WhoScored.com and found out their top 20 players 23-years-old. You can see how they rank below.

20. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 7.13/10 on WhoScored.com

Already plenty of Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on the attacking midfielder thanks to his 13 goals and three assists this campaign. He’s just 19 and has potential to become one of the best in Europe.

18= Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 7.14/10 on WhoScored.com

After a successful loan spell, the striker has now joined the Bundesliga side permanently after a terrific season which has seen the 21-year-old net 17 goals as he links tremendously with Sebastien Haller. Good in the air, as well as with the ball at his feet, Benfica may regret letting him go so easily.

18= Fabian Ruiz (Napoli) – 7.14/10 on WhoScored.com

Already proving a fine addition following his summer move from Real Betis, the Spain Under-21 ace is set to be one of the best playmakers in Europe.

17. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – 7.15/10 on WhoScored.com

According to reports, the Germany international is Liverpool’s top summer target and could move for as low as £43million as he contract expires in 2020. He could be superb linking up again with former team-mate Naby Keita.

16. Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) – 7.18/10 on WhoScored.com

Arsenal must be kicking themselves having seen his career blossom back in his homeland. Gnabry could get even better if he improves himself defensively and adds some more assists to his season tally.

15. Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse) – 7.19/10 on WhoScored.com

Currently forging a reputation for himself in France as a fine defensive midfielder, Sangare will be on a few radars this summer. Don’t sleep on his excellent passing either, he’s got excellent technical capabilities.

14. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) – 7.20/10 on WhoScored.com

The Nigerian has been phenomenal for two seasons now and plays a key role in the Foxes midfield. If Brendan Rodgers can keep him this summer the club could really push the top six if they make the right signings.

13. Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig) – 7.21/10 on WhoScored.com

Strong in the air and a master at keeping it simple, Konate is excelling the Bundesliga. Arsenal are reportedly looking at the Frenchman and it unsurprising. He could with improving his passing but he still moves the ball forward well.

12. James Maddison (Leicester City) – 7.22/10 on WhoScored.com

The midfielder has taken to Premier League football like a duck to water and looks like he’s got the potential to get even better, especially with someone like Ndidi offering protection behind him.

11. Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice) – 7.23/10 on WhoScored.com

A fine dribbler, he still get lots to work on, but he’s getting there. He’s added more goals to his games but is under performing his expected assists, according to UnderStat.com. He got seven last year but has just three this season.

10. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 7.25/10 on WhoScored.com

The Reds right-back has been wowing for some time now and remains one of the best talents in Europe. He’s, quite frankly, approaching the finished article and has contributed significantly to his club’s stunning season.

9. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – 7.27/10 on WhoScored.com

The winger turned full-back is almost certainly set for a huge transfer, whether it is sooner or later. The long-legged 21-year-old executes superbly-timed challenges and has the pace to go toe-to-toe with any winger. He’s got great ability progressing the football too, so it wasn’t a surprise when Tottenham Hotspur used Danny Rose to handle him – a huge compliment.

8. Joelinton (Hoffenheim) – 7.29/10 on WhoScored.com

After a two-year loan spell with Rapid Vienna, the Brazilian forward has impressed under Julian Nagelsmann. He’s got seven goals and five assists this season while he’s happy to contribute defensively too, making 2.2 tackles per game.

7. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) – 7.30/10 on WhoScored.com

The talented France ace is finding his feet at the Nou Camp this season and almost landed a knockout blow to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League. He’s still improving – and still only 21 – while being third fiddle to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez has meant it’s been tricky for him to fully flourish.

6. Rodrigo (Atletico Madrid) – 7.31/10 on WhoScored.com

Diego Simeone’s side have had a mixed season but their new central midfielder is making a real difference. Not only is he exceptionally tidy in possession but he fits perfectly into his Argentine boss’ system at 22.

5. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – 7.37/10 on WhoScored.com

After being left out of Germany’s World Cup squad, Leroy Sane started the campaign like a man possessed. And, just like his playing style, the winger has not let up as the season has progressed by tearing through some of the best defences in the country. Under Pep Guardiola, Sane continues to develop and has all the skills to go right to the very top.

4. Youcef Atal (Nice) – 7.40/10 on WhoScored.com

From virtual unknown to an in-demand full-back, the Algerian is some talent. Not only does he rack up fine defensive numbers but he contributes massively in attacking phases too – key for a modern right-back. Whether he could play as high up the pitch if he moved to another club would be interesting.

3. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 7.51/10 on WhoScored.com

Making waves in the Bundesliga, the English talent has justified his decision to leave Manchester City. He’s a fantastic impact player right now and if he can turn in impressive displays over 90 minutes he’ll have the world at his feet.

2. Nicolas Pepe (Lille) – 7.64/10 on WhoScored.com

Wanted by numerous elite European clubs, Pepe seems set to join one this summer. The fact he could break Eden Hazard’s single-season goal tally at Lille is testament to his ability.

1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 7.94/10 on WhoScored.com

He didn’t rest on his laurels after an incredible World Cup. He’s hit 27 goals in Ligue 1 this season, while also making seven assists. It makes even better reading when you consider he plays alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani – what a player!

Top 20 best value transfers of the summer, according to statistics

22 Jan

We all know transfers can either be hits or misses.

Some players take time to settle and others adapt easily to their new clubs, having an instant impact.

And the CIES Football Observatory have attempted to find out which summer moves have so far yielded the most value.

Fabinho was bought by Liverpool for a big fee but has his value increased?

The Swiss statisticians have taken every player’s reported fee in the summer and their current estimated value – worked out by their own impressive algorithm – and calculated the best deals so far this year.

So, which stars have since the biggest increase in their value from their transfer fee in the summer? Find out below.

20. Jorginho (Napoli to Chelsea) – Value increase from fee – €18.2m
Reported fee – €57million
Current estimated value – €75.2million

Jorginho has struggled in recent games

19. Krzysztof Piatek (Cracovia to Genoa) – Value increase from fee – €18.4m
Reported fee – €4.5million
Current estimated value – €22.9million
18. Thilo Kehrer (Schalke to Paris Saint-Germain) – Value increase from fee – €18.5m
Reported fee – €37million
Current estimated value – €55.5million
17. Jonathan Ikone (Paris Saint-Germain to Lille) – Value increase from fee – €19.4m
Reported fee – €5million
Current estimated value – €24.4million
16. Felipe Anderson (Lazio to West Ham) – Value increase from fee – €19.9m
Reported fee – €37million
Current estimated value – €56.9million

Anderson has been a revelation since joining the Hammers in the summer

15. Richarlison (Watford to Everton) – Value increase from fee – €20.2m
Reported fee – €56million
Current estimated value – €76.2million
14. Alban Lafont (Toulouse to Fiorentina) – Value increase from fee – €20.9m
Reported fee – €8.5million
Current estimated value – €29.4million
13. Alassane Plea (Nice to Borussia Monchengladbach) – Value increase from fee – €21.7m
Reported fee – €23million
Current estimated value – €44.7million
12. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid to Juventus) – Value increase from fee – €22.2m
Reported fee – €105million
Current estimated value – €127.2million

Ronaldo is still scoring for fun at Juventus

11. Clement Lenglet (Sevilla to Barcelona) – Value increase from fee – €27m
Reported fee – €35million
Current estimated value – €62million
10. Bryan Cristante (Atalanta to Roma) – Value increase from fee – €27.2m
Reported fee – €30million
Current estimated value – €57.2million
9. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea to Real Madrid) – Value increase from fee – €29.5m
Reported fee – €40million
Current estimated value – €69.5million
8. Fabinho (Monaco to Liverpool) – Value increase from fee – €31.5m
Reported fee – €55million
Current estimated value – €86.5million
7. Alisson (Roma to Liverpool) – Value increase from fee – €33.1m
Reported fee – €72.5million
Current estimated value – €105.6million

Liverpool star Alisson Becker has been superb this season

6. Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient to Arsenal) – Value increase from fee – €34.2m
Reported fee – €9million
Current estimated value – €43.2million
5. Joao Cancelo (Valencia to Juventus) – Value increase from fee – €37.6m
Reported fee – €40.4million
Current estimated value – €78million
4. Fabian Ruiz (Real Betis to Napoli) – Value increase from fee – €40.1m
Reported fee – €30million
Current estimated value – €70.1million
3. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City to Liverpool) – Value increase from fee – €40.3m
Reported fee – €14.7million
Current estimated value – €55.0million

Shaqiri has shone at Anfield, surprising fans and pundits alike

2. Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria to Arsenal) – Value increase from transfer fee – €44.3m
Reported fee – €30million
Current estimated value – €74.3million

Lucas Torreira has been a revelation in north London

1. Rodri (Villarreal to Atletico Madrid) – Value increase from transfer fee – €45.1m
Reported fee – €25million
Current estimated value – €70.1million

Atletico Madrid ace Rodri

The top 20 transfer value increases in the last trimester, including Kylian Mbappe, Sadio Mane and Jadon Sancho

11 Dec

The January transfer window is approaching as clubs in the Premier League and across Europe look to bring in or offload players in time for the business end of the season.

Players move from one club to another for huge sums of money these days and their price continues to increase.

Ex-Manchester City player Jadon Sancho has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting prospects this season

But which players’ prices have driven up the most in the last trimester?

Below you can see the top transfer value increases during the last three months – figures from the CIES Football Observatory.

20. Fabian Ruiz (Napoli) – €20m (£18.04m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €41.5m (£37.5m)

Current estimated value: €61.5m (£55.5m)

19. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – €20.5m (£18.49m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €18.1m (£16.3m)

Current estimated value: €38.6m (£34.9m)

18. Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth) – €20.6m (£18.59m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €13m (£11.7m)

Current estimated value: €33.6m (£30.3m)

Wilson has scored nine goals for Bournemouth this season

17. Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) – €21.1m (£19.04m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €24.7m (£22.3m)

Current estimated value: €45.8m (£41.4m)

16. Matteo Politano (Inter Milan) – €21.2m (£19.13m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €28.4m (£25.6m)

Current estimated value: €49.6m (£44.8m)

15. Tanguy N’Dombele (Lyon) – €22.3m (£20.12m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €45m (£40.6m)

Current estimated value: €67.3m (£60.8m)

N’Dombele in action against Manchester City in the Champions League

14. Jose Gaya (Valencia) – €23.1m (£20.84m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €19.4m (£17.5m)

Current estimated value: €42.5m (£38.4m)

13. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – €23.7m (£21.38m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €10m (£9m)

Current estimated value €33.7m (£30.4m)

12. Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) – €24.2m (£21.83m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €22.4m (£20.2m)

Current estimated value: €46.6m (£42.1m)

Di Maria moved to Manchester United in £60m in August 2014

11. Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) – €24.5m (£22.1m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €45.7m (£41.3m)

Current estimated value: €70.2m (£63.4m)

10. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – €25.1m (£22.64m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €191.2m (£172.6m)

Current estimated value: €216.3m (£195.3m)

9. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – €25.8m (£23.28m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €83.4m (£75.3m)

Current estimated value: €109.2m (£98.6m)

Alexander-Arnold is a contender for the 2018 Golden Boy Award

8. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – €29m (£26.16m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €74.5m (£67.3m)

Current estimated value: €103.5m (£93.4m)

7. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – €29.6m (£26.7m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €95.7m (£86.4m)

Current estimated value: €125.3m (113.3m)

6.Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – €29.8m (£26.89m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €98.8m (£89.2m)

Current estimated value €128.6m (£116.1m)

Silva joined City in May 2017 for a fee of £43.5m

5. Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain) – €30.4m (£27.43m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €24.3m (£21.9m)

Current estimated value: €54.7m (£49.4m)

4. Richarlison (Everton) – €31m (£27.97m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €45.3m (£40.9m)

Current estimated value: €76.3m (£68.9m)

Richarlison, 21 joined Everton from Watford for £50m in the summer

3. Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – €32m (£28.87m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €47.8m (£43.2m)

Current estimated value: €79.8m (£72.1m)

2. Joao Cancelo (Juventus) – €46.4m (£41.86m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €27.8m (£25.1m)

Current estimated value: €74.2m (£67m)

1. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – €78.2m (£70.55m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €9.7m (£8.8m)

Current estimated value: €87.9m (£79.4m)

Sancho’s value has risen 806 per cent in the last trimester