Golden boys: 11 Premier League clubs sit on €355.7 million’s worth of U20 players

6 May 2019

Declan Rice West Ham
Photo: Getty Images Declan Rice from West Ham is the most valuable English Premier League player on the list from CIES Football Observatory.

CIES Football Observatory has made a list of the 50 most valuable U20 players in the Big-5 leagues.

The most represented country is France with 13 players - followed by England with nine players.

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The CIES Football Observatory recently released a list of the 50 most valuable U20 players in the five biggest leagues in Europe. The list is made by a complex algorithm which takes a lot of variables into consideration when estimating a player’s value, such as contract duration, year of transfer, book value, loan status, nationality and economic level of the recruiting club.

And it is good news for the future of English football. Nine English players have made the list, including Borrussia Dortmund and former Manchester City player, Jadon Sancho, who top the list with an estimated transfer value of €150.3 million.

11 Premier League clubs are represented on the list. Arsenal have three players, Chelsea two players, and the rest of the clubs are represented by one player each. The most valuable Premier League U20 player is Arsenals Mattéo Guendouzi with a transfer value of €70.1 million, and the most valuable English Premier League player on the list is West Ham’s Declan Rice with a value of €64.3 million.

All top six clubs are represented. The players on the list playing for a top six club are worth €197.8 million combined, while the players not representing a top six club are worth €157.9 million combined - not bad as only five players out of 14 are not top six club players.