Saturday 27 December 2014

Most valuable young footballers

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Kyle Walker
Age: 21
Club: Tottenham
Futebol Finance value: €13m
The pace of Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker has seen him fit perfectly into what has been a highly entertaining and fluid club side this season. The Sheffield United youth player made his England debut last year in the 1-0 win over Spain. He started the following England game, winning the man-of-the-match award against Sweden.

Danny Welbeck
Age: 21
Club: Man Utd
Futebol Finance value: €13m
After showing glimpses of his potential while on loan at Sunderland last season, Welbeck has established himself as an important part of Manchester United's future, often preferred ahead of more established stars such as Dimitar Berbatov. Welbeck earned his first England cap in October 2011 and could play an important part in this summer's European Championships.

Christian Eriksen
Age:
20
Club: Ajax
Futebol Finance value: €13m
The youngest player at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Eriksen's impressive performances for Dutch giants Ajax have attracted interest from Chelsea, AC Milan, Arsenal and Manchester United. Has been compared to former Ajax stars Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder as well as fellow compatriot Michael Laudrup.

Erik Lamela

James Rodriguez
Age:
20
Club: Porto
Futebol Finance value: €13m
The Colombian is considered by some to be the successor to Carlos Valderrama and played a vital role in helping Argentine side Banfield to their first ever league title in 2009, featuring in every game. A move to Porto followed, where his performances have steadily improved leading to rumours of a move to Manchester United.

Bojan
Age:
21
Club: Roma
Futebol Finance value: €13m
While playing for Barcelona's youth teams he reportedly scored over 500 goals and had he not had such enormous competition for a first team place he would surely be a household name by now. Barcelona allowed him to leave for Roma this season although a buy back clause was put in place.

André Schürrle

Jordan Henderson
Age:
21
Club: Liverpool
Futebol Finance value: €15.5m
After impressing for boyhood club Sunderland last season, Henderson secured a £20m move to Liverpool as the club made a number of expensive acquisitions. He made his international debut in 2010 but has failed to find his best form for Liverpool.

Romelu Lukaku
Age: 18
Club: Chelsea
Futebol Finance value: €15.5m
Dubbed 'the new Drogba', Lukaku terrorised opposition defences and topped the league's scoring charts on his way to winning the Dutch title with Anderlecht in 2009-10. A move to Chelsea in 2011 and the chance to join up with his idol Didier followed. However the Belgian striker has had limited opportunities at Stamford Bridge so far but will surely feature more heavily next season.

Iker Muniain
Age: 20
Club: Athletic Bilbao
Futebol Finance value: €15.5m
Aged 16, Muniain became the youngest ever player to play for Athletic Bilbao and the exciting winger was part of the side that comprehensively outplayed Manchester United in dumping them out of the Europa League. Muniain recently received his first Spain cap.

Jack Rodwell
Age:
20
Club: Everton
Futebol Finance value: €15.5m
The defensive midfielder has become a key part of Everton's side in recent years which has seen him attract the attention of several top clubs. Rodwell made his England debut in their 1-0 friendly victory over Spain in November and looks to have a bright international future.

Alan Dzagoev
Age:
21
Club: CSKA Moscow
Futebol Finance value: €15.5m
The talented Russian attacking midfielder is widely regarded as the future of Russian football and his impressive performances for CSKA Moscow have seen him linked with a move to Manchester United.

David de Gea
Age: 21
Club: Man Utd
Futebol Finance value: €15.5m
The former Atlético Madrid keeper was highly rated when he arrived at Manchester United last summer. Despite enduring a difficult start to his Old Trafford career his performances have improved and he is once again demonstrating why he is considered to be the long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.

Phil Jones
Age:
20
Club: Man Utd
Futebol Finance value: €18m
Although primarily a centre-back, Jones has demonstrated his versatility this season, playing at both right back and as a defensive midfielder. He made his England debut in their 2-2 away draw with Montenegro on October 7 last year and has already been earmarked as a vital component in both Manchester United and England's futures.

Yann M'Vila
Age: 21
Club: Rennes
Futebol Finance value: €20m
The defensive midfielder has already won 18 international caps, becoming coach Laurent Blanc's most used player during his time in charge of France. He's expected to leave his club this summer according to Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti, with Arsenal and Real Madrid reportedly set to go head-to-head in order to try and obtain the player.

Thiago Alcantara
Age:
20
Club: Barcelona
Futebol Finance value: €20m
Part of Spain's victorious 2011 European Under-21 Championships side, the Barcelona youngster is another in a long line of talented midfielders from the club. He made his full international debut in August 2011 and looks set to be a star of the future for both club and country.

Jack Wilshere
Age: 20
Club: Arsenal
Futebol Finance value: €21.5m
Considered an important part of both Arsenal and England's future, the gifted midfielder has spent the whole of this season injured, casting doubts over his involvement in this summer's European Championships. Fortunately for Wilshere there should be plenty more international tournaments for him in the future.

Eden Hazard
Age:
21
Club: Lille
Futebol Finance value: €27.5m
The Belgian winger was the youngest ever Ligue 1 Player of the Year last season as he inspired Lille to the title and his sparkling performances have seen him linked with a summer move to both Manchester clubs as well as Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool. If he does end up in the Premier League next season, he is sure to make a big impact.

Mario Balotelli
Age: 21
Club: Man City
Futebol Finance value: €30m
There can be few English football fans who have not heard of Mario Balotelli. The Man City forward's often bizarre exploits both on and off the field have earned him something of a cult status. Completely devastating when on form but a decidedly loose cannon when not, the Italian is unlike most other players in world football.

Mario Gotze
Age: 19
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Futebol Finance value: €30m
The highly rated German playmaker was an important part of Dortmund's 2010-11 Bundesliga winning side contributing six goals and 15 assists. He has been linked with a move to Arsenal although he maintains he is happy at Dortmund. Gotze, along with André Schürrle, was one of the first two internationals to be born in reunified Germany.

Neymar
Age: 20
Club: Santos
Futebol Finance value:: €30m
Already a key part of Brazil's international future, Neymar is world football's most exciting young talent. The Santos forward is known for his exceptional dribbling at speed and cool finishing which has drawn comparisons with Lionel Messi and Pelé. He is also the current holder of the Fifa Puskas Award for his sensational individual goal against Flamengo last year.

The most valuable youngsters in world football according to Futebol Finance

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