With Sancho ruling the index by a vast margin, and the mid-range growth prominent in emerging English talents, it's fair to say that young English players are the most influential holds on the market.
Who are the best young English players to add to your portfolio on football index? It entirely depends on your strategy.
We recommend adding every single player to your watchlist though, purely based on their influence in the market. It's also worth keeping a tab on the IPO reintroduction, as there are several young English prospects that are not yet available on FI.
Short term growth is hard to come by without hype, or FOMO (fear of missing out). In order to spark a rocket, a player must be mass-onboarded, usually for the reason of huge expectation as a result of their talents. This most often means they are performing very well, with PB contending scores or red-hot form, at a level that most traders recognise at the top.
Don't get us wrong, holding the following players for a full three years is still more than likely a profitable investment, but our point is that these players are able to generate profits on a far quicker turnaround than some other talents!
The following examples have seen tremendous short-term growth as a result of their rise to stardom.
We don't need to explain too much here. Solid double digit goals and assists in Bundesliga is just the tip of the iceberg in his investment. Months of Manchester United links have generated the most media dividends in a single season that we've seen, whilst the concept of capital appreciation has taken a new level over the course of the season with Sancho nearly 50% more expensive than the next highest share value, Bruno Fernandes. Sancho looks a strong media winner, before considering his PB dividend potential, for seasons to come. He's rightfully king of the Index, whether he'll retain such a significant premium over other players is yet to be observed.
Premier League. Champions League. Euros? TAA has already won plenty of trophies in his 21 years. He's also won plenty of dividends. There is no defender who's won more PB dividends this season than the Liverpudlian fullback. That alone explains why he's approaching the £10 per share mark. With a career still ahead of him, it looks as though Trent is set to stay at the top and be challenging both the domestic and European title in years to come. That's more PB, good media coverage and a lot of scope for Capital Appreciation.
A teenage wonderkid scoring at will for Manchester United. It's what the media loves to see. Greenwood has almost doubled in price this season as his playing time improved. He's taken opportunities and rightfully started many games, showing he's a step ahead of Daniel James, Jesse Lingaard or Juan Mata on the wing. Having been an academy graduate, Greenwood looks happy to be realising his dream at Old Trafford. If he can continue his form, he'll be a media favourite in coming seasons. Even if Sancho signs and makes his role on the wing more competitive, It's hard to see him dropping in value over the course of the coming three years. Remember, in three years time he'll be 21 - that's younger than Rashford currently is....
The Stockport Iniesta has had a couple of years of cameo appearances in the first team, but it's since the Premier League restart this summer that Foden has established himself as a genuine first team talent. Having contributed a handful of goals and assists in the last few games of the season, Foden looked comfortable to play premier league football. It didn't come as a surprise to see him starting against Real Madrid in the Champions League fixture, nor will it come as a surprise to see Foden starting the campaign next season. For that reason, Foden looks an attractive investment in Pep's attack-minded squad, as regular contributions to goals will bring plenty of good PB scores his way. If he can improve further, the 20 year old looks a certain English Icon in the coming 3 years, with Euros and WC to come.
Despite playing in the survival-end of the Premier League table, Grealish put on some outstanding performances to catch the eye of Manchester United and other big clubs. The 24 year old is not the youngest of talents, but his emergence and leadership in a struggling side carries huge weight in his ability to make a difference on the field. With the likes of Dele Alli struggling at Spurs, Grealish could be a regular face seen representing the Three Lions in the coming seasons. Although he's recently missed out in England's recent Nations League squad, the 'will-he-won't-he' factor is certainly one that sees volatility in his price. It's still uncertain if Grealish will leave Villa, as United will not be so keen should they land Sancho. It's a worry for an investor, because his PB at Villa is simply not enough to win regularly - only having won PB once this season. However, speculation to other clubs sees him in the papers regularly enough, as he's landed in the top 3 media places 11 times so far this year. Add to this the uncertainty of his future for England. The ups and downs in his value have offered opportunities to onboard and flip between the spreads for profit.
He's a media sensation. He's England's wonder boy. There's still plenty of room to grow as a player both on and off the pitch. Rashford ticks a lot of boxes - our Model Investment article outlines all the reasons why Rashford ticks boxes for three years. But even before then, the fluctuations in his price means that flipping shares between the spreads could yield profits on the short term. Even holding for a month you're likely to see him in the media taking dividends at some point. He's won media dividends on over 100 occasions, and he's still just 22.
There are several cheaper picks that could yet see some daylight on the index should they feature more regularly in their respective teams. Chelsea have plenty of these talents on their books.
Holding some mid-term prospects is a good form of portfolio diversification. They have room to grow in share value, they have breakout opportunities yet still look far from reaching their maximum potential.. They all have the potential of improving with age, both in FI terms and on the pitch, within the next 18 months or so.
It's been a good season for the 21 year old, playing plenty of minutes under Lampard's rejuvenated Chelsea. Transfers on their way in are a worry for the youngster. He's developing well, but should Havertz arrive at Stamford Bridge, Mount could slip down the pecking order. With creative attacking options from deep playmakers to wingers, Chelsea have plenty of routes to explore scoring solutions. Ziyech, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek and potentially Havertz could all play a part in feeding the strikers; Werner, Abraham and Giroud. Mount will need to feature regularly to hold value, but if Lampard can orchestrate an attacking-side featuring Mount, the youngster could easily be part of England's bigger picture in seasons to come. At £2.81, it's not as expensive as some less-proven players. Over a slightly longer term, if Mount is able to fulfil potential and get minutes under his belt, then a long-term hold could well see the youngster rise up well above the £3 mark. As it stands, he's at fair value given he's only posted 1 score above 200 this season. A recent call up to play for England is just another stepping stone in his progression.
A similar story here. Chelsea have attacking options in abundance, and the arrival of Werner surely means Abraham is not the favoured strike option. His PB was atrocious as he failed to score above 200 on any occasion, but for such a youngster to score double digit goals in their first full season in the Premier League is impressive. If Abraham can become more clinical, he's set to be the second choice striker behind Kane, if both Rashford and Greenwood are utilised primarily as wingers under Southgate - though in reality it's far more believable to see both United players feature up tops. Abraham has got years left to develop, and Chelsea's improvements in the long run mean Abraham will be pushed along to improve. In three years time, he could well be competing closer to a starting spot for England - time will tell. At £2.52, he's good value if you think he has a future in an England shirt. If he can't improve or get game time in the coming season at Chelsea, his value is overly generous given his poor PB.
Another Chelsea player that follows suit. A host of young talent at Stamford Bridge could do damage to the likes of Hudson-Odoi, who's crashed from heights of nearly £5 this season. With Ziyech in and Pulisic looking settled, Hudson-Odoi could struggle to find minutes next season, leaving room for further downfall. However, if he turns his act around and is pushed on by the new challenges he faces at Chelsea, he could develop into the star that many believe he'll be. At just 19 years old, the only way is up in his career. It may take time to persevere through this investment, as £3.22 for a bench player is a stretch. He's also got a vast spread of around £0.70 - 20%. However, if he makes a breakthrough and finds regular first team minutes in a Chelsea side that look dangerous going forward, Hudson-Odoi fits the mould of many of the best investments on Football Index. But until then, he's a risky hold.
Chelsea have a lot of English talent, you have to admit. James has developed into one of the finest attacking fullbacks England has on the books, and he's just 20 years old. With TAA and AWB looking to start for England, James is still a third choice in many fans' eyes, ahead of more established players like Kyle Walker. That said, he's not had so long in the limelight and has years ahead to establish himself further and compete for the starting spot. English right-backs for the coming decade look set and James is easily one of the better options on the cards. He won TOP DEF once this season, and if Chelsea can improve at the back, he'll definitely continue to post respectable PB scores.
Admittedly, Chelsea's defence has been their Achilles heel this year. It is so far from a title-contending option that it's difficult to judge just how capable each individual is, or if the system on the whole is a failure under Lampard. Having conceded the same number of goals as Brighton, who finished 15th in the 2019/20 campaign, Chelsea will be looking for reinforcements. Tomori is still a talent worth keeping tabs on though. With John Stones struggling to impress at City, Maguire's partner at the back is still far from established. In fact, Maguire himself is even further established from starting comes the Euros, given the ongoing mayhem in Greece. Tyrone Mings, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane and James Tarkowski are options - though Tomori will fancy himself to closely compete for this spot. £1.62 is expensive for a centre-half with little PB success. The potential for the 22 year old to further his career in the coming three seasons still warrants a watch-list though.
DCL had a good season at Everton, despite their mediocre standings. He showed glimpses of world-class finishing ability, tallying 13 goals in 2019/20. There's a very long way to go to challenge Harry Kane or Marcus Rashford, though he'll be looking to build on his breakthrough season in the coming years. Everton are seemingly always looking to rebuild, but under Ancelotti there seems a genuine attempt to drive Everton to European football. DCL will look to establish himself as a regular, and hopefully catch the eye of Southgate. At 23 years old, he and Tammy Abraham will be hoping to step up to the International stage in the next couple of seasons. He's got a woeful average PB score, much like Tammy again, but has managed to win TOP FWD divs once this season and hasn't had the European 1.25x bonus to work with yet.
Saka showed both versatility and ability throughout the 19/20 campaign as he played both as a fullback and winger. The 18 year old is truly a wonderkid sensation that has a huge scope to improve should he continue to play regular first team football at Arsenal. A full three year hold would see him 21 years old, potentially an established premier league starter, potentially with European football for Club and International Football for England. Of course, it could go down hill, and at £4.47 he's already got the wonderkid bias well on his shoulders. Having already put up two scores above 250 this season, he looks like a PB dividend-winner in the making. Southgate still doesn't see him fitting into the squad with an abundance of talent already on the wings.
A commanding figure in West Ham's side, Rice could be a similarly important player for England in the coming years. A holding midfielder with good strength in the air and with the ball at his feet, Rice is a more obvious choice to hold in midfield than Eric Dier or even Jordan Henderson. He's one of few young holding midfielders that England have at their disposal, and it's easy to see him holding down a spot in the squad for the coming decade. For as long as West Ham struggle in the Premier League, Rice will struggle in PB. The 21 year old still has plenty of room to grow though, and a big transfer to a more successful club would certainly increase his £1.85 share value in coming seasons.
The central midfielder is now 24. He's slipped down nearly 30% in value over the last 12 months, and you can't help but feel the coming season is make or break for both Winks and Spurs. As an investment, he's lost all hype and provided no PB dividends. He did, however, post two 200+ PB scores this season. He's still a talent that you feel has more to offer. Mixed transfer rumours suggest he may not play for Spurs next season, with Man City rumoured to be interested. Winks is outgrowing his youthful reputation, and will soon need to prove how much he can offer Southgate and England if he is to make himself an established international. But it wouldn't be surprising to see more from him in the next two years, which could outshine his sub £1.00 market value.
There are also a host of young talents that may not quite be at International level yet, though could grow over a full three-year hold. PB and MB are far less a factor in such young talents, but the capital appreciation on offer for a youngster that is far from the finished article means the investment could be as equally as lucrative.
Manchester United's left back looks fairly comfortable in the first team. However, Luka Shaw is proving plenty of doubters wrong and was flourishing as a starter when fit in recent times. Williams is 19 years old and has only been a more prominent feature in United's side this season, so there's not much to go off just yet. It's unlikely he'll challenge Chillwell for England's starting spot anytime soon. However, with an increasing responsibility for United, the teenage talent could easily rise from his £2.00 share value over the next three years.
The Blades' Keeper has been outstanding again this season. Manchester United will be considering when his time is due to step up as the Number 1 at Old Trafford. Over the next three years, if he continues to develop as he has done, he's almost inevitably going to be the top keeper. At that point, it's also easy to see him as England's starting keeper. Only Nick Pope and Ederson kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than the 23 year old. He's earned a call up to the England squad, though it's unclear if he'll be starting over Pickford or Pope.
Norwich and England U21 player, recently relegated. If Norwich don't bounce back up, it's reasonable to think a fullback of his class will find a way to the Premier League. He's at £1.77 a share, which is expensive considering the circumstances he finds himself in, but over three years he's a good candidate for capital appreciation should he be in the Prem.
If Arsenal start him regularly, there's a great chance for some capital appreciation. The 20 year old hasn't much experience, but as an England U21 international, and Arsenal Academy graduate, his prospects look good. Time will tell if he can fulfil his potential under Arteta. £1.63 share value is already partly taking into account his prospective growth, but he's not likely a first-team starter for at least another season or two.
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There are also a host of young English players flying under the radar for various reasons on FI.
Some are not yet regularly played, some are not in a PB league, some play abroad, or some just haven't yet left a long-term impression for English fans.
The 23 year old has only played for half a season for West Ham in the Premier League, having arrived from Hull City in the January window. He made a good impact, playing his part in West Ham's rise from the relegation battle. The right winger is leagues off Sancho or Sterling, but it's not yet clear just how talented the winger is. Perhaps in a year or two we'll see, but at £1.60 it's a budget option should he become a more prominent English winger in seasons to come.
The ex-Everton player left for RB Leipzig last summer. He's not featured regularly and is not at all an attractive investment for as long as he's a bench player. However, a young English winger in Bundesliga has the scope to impress, and his share value of £1.04 looks cheap should he start for RBL more frequently.
Edwards has played in Portugal for the 19/20 campaign, choosing to depart Spurs in order to further his career and play more regularly. The 21 year old played for England U20s, and is clearly a talented attacking player. It's very unclear how his future will unfold, but a move back to the Premier League could see his share value of £1.58 increase in the coming seasons.
Struggling to show an regular appearances for Arsenal, the 22 year old is due to leave this summer. At just £0.71 per share, the Arsenal academy graduate is extremely cheap should his future unfold in a positive light. Arsenal have had some fantastic graduates in recent years, and Maitland-Niles has represented England at U17 and U20. Perhaps regular first team football could see his future reach new heights. Wolves are reportedly interested in the 22 year old.
The defender plays for Monaco, having been a Chelsea academy prospect up to 2018. He was loaned out to Brugge last season. At 19 years old, the England U21 player still has the opportunity to impress in Ligue 1. He's at £0.79 per share, but if he's able to get his foot in the door at Monaco, the capital appreciation could float his share value above £1. Monaco are historically a good feeder club too, so a Premier League move could be on the cards in the future.
The centre forward missed the wonderkid hype through his years of representing England at youth levels. His move to Bournemouth from Liverpool was anticipated to help him develop into an obvious first team forward - but that's not how it's gone. Now Bournemouth have been relegated and the 22 year old looks far from what 'could have been'. But he's still 22 years old, and a 'competitive bid' is under £0.50. If he can turn his fortunes around and rediscover some prolific form in the Championship, he'll bely his budget share value.
There are plenty more English talents in their early 20s who could step up and shine in the coming season, which is a true blessing for England. We literally cannot write about all of the fantastic prospects on the books!
We've seen the rise of TAA and Sancho over the last couple of years. Perhaps someone on this list is next?