These young talents are catching big teams’ eyes.
Several wonder kids are currently knocking on the door of becoming the next big superstar in world football. Especially the top talents from the top five leagues, such as Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, and Erling Halaand, always remain in the spotlight of becoming the next Modric, the next Messi, or the next Ronaldo. However, there are many big potential players outside the top five leagues who are proving their mettle in their league and are likely to star in top five leagues like the Premier League, and Serie A, shortly.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 most valuable players outside the top five leagues.
10. Marcos Leonardo (Santos) – €14 million
Touted as the next big thing in Brazilian football, Marcos Leonardo is rapidly making his way to the top of the game. Santos striker scored 34 goals in 128 appearances for them after making his senior team debut at 16 years old. His dribbling skills are thrilling and his footwork is eye-catching which makes him a serious deal for the coming future.
9. Kenneth Taylor (Ajax) – €14 million
Another top player coming from the ranks of Ajax is Kenneth Taylor. He has played a second fiddle position in midfield this season yet has scored six goals and provided three assists. In the coming transfer window, Taylor is already attracting some attention from big giants, which could spark fierce competition.
8. Talles Magno (New York City FC) – €15 million
New York City FC forward Talas Magno is another Brazilian name that is getting a lot of attention in the market. His stunning left-wing performances have earned him a big name in Major League Soccer. Magno is already one of the top players in the league and is getting close to arriving in European football. He has scored seven goals and assisted eight times this season.
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7. Arsen Zakharyan (Dinamo Moscow) – €15 million
Dinamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan has staked his authority in the Russian League for the last three seasons. He has improved season after season and has proven himself among the top players. This season, he has five assists and two goals in 16 appearances.
6. Maurits Kjaergaard (Salzburg) – €15 million
Maurits Kjaergaard is a top talent of the Austrian league and a name which is closely monitored by many top clubs. Especially, RB Leipzig is reportedly looking to lure him to Bundesliga in the coming summer due to the connection between RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig. He arrived in Salzburg in 2021 and since then, he has completely rocked the Austrian league.
5. Antonio Silva (SL Benfica) – €15 million
Portuguese centre-back Antonio Silva is a towering player. Only this season did he make his senior appearance with Benfica, but his stakes have rapidly skyrocketed. For them, he has made 17 starts this season and has a passing percentage of 92 and a successful tackle percentage of 56. Silva has shown promising signs in his debut season, and his rising value is a big alert for top clubs looking for a solid centre-back.
4. Luka Sucic (Salzburg) – €20 million
Another big talent at Salzburg is Luka Sucic, who is making a big impression in the Austrian league right now. In 12 starts, he has tallied four assists for Salzburg. Sucic’s creativity in play is impressive, and he can break down defences with his through balls. He has also made his international debut and appears to be the real deal.
3. Xavi Simmons (PSV) – €20 million
In the world of hot prospects, Xavi Simmons is not a new name. The Dutch international has been making noise since he was a teenager at FC Barcelona’s youth academy. However, he did not get the chance to play for the senior team, so he moved to Paris Saint Germain in search of a breakthrough.
The move failed to work, however, and Simmons moved back to his home country in the summer of 2023. His scintillating performances have reignited all hype around him. In 22 appearances for PSV this season, he has 10 goals and 5 assists.
2. Benjamin Sesko (Salzburg) – €20 million
It is not new for Benjamin Sesko to be on this list of the most valuable young players. Last summer, when he was involved in a transfer tussle with Manchester United, Sesko already made big noises. As the Slovakian striker has already demonstrated his potential as a lethal goalscorer with his jaw-dropping goals with Salzburg this season, his initial hype has already given hints of his future. The Slovakian striker will join RB Leipzig next season.
1. Endrick (Palmeiras) – €20 million
Only 16 years old, Endrick has already made his way to the top of the world. He has already signed a contract with Real Madrid during the 2022 season and will join them in 2024. The Brazilian is seen as the next big thing from Brazil and could follow in the footsteps of Neymar and Vinicius Junior. He has a left-footed style and looks remarkably similar to Ronaldo Nazario’s initial stage of his career.
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