Watch out for these guys in the next few years.
The folks over at Soccerex have put together a handy list of the most valuable players under the age of 21.
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There’s no surprise that plenty of Premier League stars are in the 20 player list, with four of the top nine hailing from the PL.
Schalke 04 have three players inside the top eight as the Bundesliga side continue their impressive record at developing young stars.
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Anthony Martial is the clear winner as the Manchester United and France forward is valued at over $10 million more than his nearest competitor. Plenty of other names on the list have been linked with moves to Premier League clubs this summer, while Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford and Kelecho Iheancho also feature among the most valuable youngsters in world soccer.
Below is the list in full, with many factors such as media perception, years remaining on contract, history of injuries and their clubs average selling value all calculated when coming to this valuation.
- Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – $52.1 million
- Leroy Sane (Schalke 04) – $41.1 million
- Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich) – $38.2 million
- Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – $37.8 million
- Kinglsey Coman (Bayern Munich) – $33.9 million
- Breel Embolo (Schalke 04) – $28.1 million
- Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – $24.9 million
- Max Meyer (Schalke 04) – $23.9 million
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – $22.1 million
- Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund) – $21.98 million
- Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) – $21.97 million
- Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht) – $21.4 million
- Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax) – $21.2 million
- Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim) – $18.4 million
- Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Monchengladbach) – $16.6 million
- Giovani Lo Celso (Rosario Central) – $15.8 million
- Ruben Neves (FC Porto) – $15.6 million
- Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) – $15.5 million
- Gabriel Barbosa (Santos) – $15.3 million
- Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – $15.2 million
Former U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley has been installed as the bookies favorite to take over at Hull City in the Premier League.
ProSoccerTalk understands that there has yet to be any formal contact between Hull and Le Havre about Bradley’s services.
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Bradley, 58, has yet to coach in England — if he is appointed he’d be the first-ever American to be in charge of a Premier League team — and in the past his name has been brought up surrounding vacant positions at Aston Villa, West Brom, Sunderland and Fulham.
A report from the Hull Daily Mail claims that Hull are looking across Europe for a new manager to replace Steve Bruce who stepped down last week after four years in charge at the KCOM Stadium. Roberto Martinez, current caretaker manager Mike Phelan and Steve McClaren are also said to be in the hunt.
This link with Bradley comes alongside reports of a potential American takeover at Hull but co-owner and current chairman Ehab Allam recently put talks over the sale of the club on hold until after the summer transfer window ends.
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As for Bradley, the New Jersey native is the current manager of Le Havre in Ligue 2 in France but it is well known that Bradley has been waiting for a chance to manage in the top-flight of one of Europe’s elite leagues.
After assembling an impressive coaching resume around the globe since he left the U.S. setup in 2011, Bradley appears a good fit for the Tigers.
He worked wonders in a perilous situation in Egypt as he took the national team to the brink of the 2014 World Cup at a time of extreme turmoil in Egypt. He then went to Norway and on a tight budget took newly-promoted Stabaek to a comfortable ninth-place finish in his first season in charge and they then finished third and challenged powerhouse Rosenborg for the title in his second full season in Norway.
Bradley has since moved on to Le Havre in France’s second-tier and after arriving midway through the 2015-16 campaign they agonizingly missed out on the last promotion spot on the final day of last season with just one goal separating the Normandy club from gaining promotion to Ligue 1.
Fans of the U.S. national team have kept Bradley close to their hearts since U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati replaced him with Jurgen Klinsmann in the summer of 2011 and many would love to see him take charge of a Premier League outfit.
Bradley is unlikely to get many resources from Hull’s owners, the Allam family, as Bruce blamed his exit on a failure to add new players this summer. Owner Assem Allam has fallen seriously ill in recent months and has left his son Ehab in charge but he and Bruce butted heads which led to the English manager departing less than three weeks before the new Premier League campaign.
With the Allam family hailing from Egypt the links to Bradley seem to add up as the job he did when in charge of the Pharaohs from 2011-13 was nothing short of miraculous.
Let’s see what direction this moves in but Hull could certainly do a lot worse than hiring Bradley who has a strong background in getting the best out of teams with small resources and the players currently at Hull would certainly slot in nicely with his soccer philosophy.
Manchester City beat Borussia Dortmund on penalty kicks at Shenzhen Longgang Stadium in China as Pep Guardiola picked up his first win as City’s manager and both teams completed their 2016 International Champions Cup campaigns with a 1-1 draw in regulation.
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On a pitch which cut up badly, Dortmund started brightly but after a raft of changes at half time City were the better team in the second half as Guardiola gave plenty of his more experienced players a run out.
One of those players grabbed the goal as Sergio Aguero tapped home a flowing move 12 minutes from time to hand City their first goal of preseason but right at the death 17-year-old U.S. international Christian Pulisic — who came on at half time and impressed on the right flank — slotted home to make it 1-1 and send the game to penalty kicks.
Young goalkeeper Angus Gunn saved three spot kicks as City eventually won 7-6 on penalties.
City now have just one more preseason game before they being Guardiola’s debut season in the Premier League, as they play Arsenal in a friendly in Sweden on Aug. 7.
A shaky start for City saw goalkeeper Willy Caballero give the ball away and Ousmane Dembele was clean through but Nicolas Otamendi blocked his shot brilliantly.
Jesus Navas then raced up the other end and picked out Fabian Delph but he scuffed his shot wide. Emre Mor curled a shot just wide and Dembele blasted an effort miles over the bar after another bad giveaway by City as Dortmund’s high-pressing was catching out their defense.
During a first half water break Guardiola barked orders at several of his players including Ukrainian winger Oleksandr Zinchenko who looked bright in spots. Despite looking more dangerous, Dortmund couldn’t break through and right on half time Kelechi Iheanacho had a great chance after good build up play but Roman Burki saved well from close range.
Wholesale changes took place at half time with U.S. national team starlet Christian Pulisic coming on for Dortmund who made a host of changes. Man City brought on Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and David Silva at half time with some of their big-hitters getting some minutes under their belts.
With all the changes the game was disjointed but City looked the more likely to take the lead.
Wilfried Bony, another half time sub, looked bright as he turned and hit a shot on goal which was saved and then cleared. Aguero then smashed an effort over the bar as City pushed hard for their first win, and goal, of preseason so far.
Silva then set up Bony on the edge of the box but he smashed another effort just over the bar, while late on Gonzalo Castro went clean through but drilled his effort over.
Aguero’s goal then arrived and it was a beautifully worked team goal.
Young center back Tosin Adarabioyo sprayed a long ball out to former New York City FC left back Bersant Celina and then Aleix Garcia combined with Silva on the edge of the box and the latter slotted the ball across to Aguero to tap home.
Dortmund had a strong shout for a penalty kick in stoppage time as Shinji Kagawa went down but then Pulisic popped up to slot home with the last kick of regulation after City switched off from a short corner.
In penalty kicks Gunn was the hero as he saved three penalty kicks.
Christian Pulisic is making quite a name for himself.
The 17-year-old U.S. international came on at half time of Borussia Dortmund’s International Champions Cup game against Manchester City in Shenzhen, China on Thursday.
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He looked bright on the right flank, giving Jason Denayer plenty of problems, and he saved his best moment until last.
Pulisic popped up to slot home with the last kick of regulation after City switched off from a short corner.
He also scored his spot kick in the shootout but Dortmund ended up losing to City on penalty kicks 6-5.
Watch the goal below as Pulisic popped up at the right time to squeeze the ball home.