The winter transfer market is nearing its close. Some Premier League teams made a couple of moves, while others seem to be happy with their current squad.
Making transfers is not always about the present time, in some cases it’s about a team’s future. Therefore, we’ll be looking at the 15 highest rated Under-21 footballers currently playing in the Premier League.
Note: it’s never easy to put an accurate market value on a player, but Transfermarkt does a pretty good job at it.
On top, we find Anthony Martial. The French striker is rated at £17.5 million, providing five goals and three assists in 18 league appearances with Manchester United, while also hitting the new twice in the Champions League.
Next up is another United youngster: Luke Shaw. The left-back suffered a tibia fracture in the Champions League match against PSV and is out for the season. Still, Shaw is valued at £14.5m and is, together with Martial, leading the rest of the Under-21 players by a mile.
Third and fourth are two Belgians. Liverpool’s Divock Origi has a market value of £6.3m, while United’s Adnan Januzaj comes in at £5.6m. The Red Devils therefore are owning this list, also featuring Patrick McNair at 12.
Aston Villa’s Adama Traore and Chelsea’s Kenedy are also rated at £5.6m, while Watford’s Obbi Oulare is valued at £4.2m, and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and Liverpool’s Jordan Ibe at £3.5m.
Tottenham’s starlet Dele Alli is down in 10th place, with the same market value as Bellerin and Ibe: £3.5m. That comes as a surprise, considering Alli’s rise to prominence at White Heart Line, providing six goals and three assists in 21 league matches.
The full top 15: