Updated: Jun 26, 2020
Our Bundesliga Best Buys went down a treat. So we thought we'd treat our members once more. Here's a look at our best buys of every single team in La Liga. Again, please note these are not the best players or even our favourites - they are simply players sat at an attractive value as LaLiga kicks off once again.
Alavés - Oliver Burke, 23
Only 13 players are listed for Alavés on Football Index. Oliver Burke offers best value for money, as a West Brom winger on loan out in Spain. The Scottish international has failed to live up to expectations, having once been signed by RB Leipzig for a fee reportedly around £13m from Nottingham Forest in 2016, before returning to England for £15m through signing for West Brom. He's since had loan spells at Celtic and Alavés but hasn't made much impression for either side. Perhaps a return to England will improve the forward's chance of rising on the index. West Brom look to be on the up and if Burke offers competition in the squad he may be a great budget investment for those hoping the 23 year old can live up to former expectations. That said, he doesn't look a good option for Alavés so don't expect profits in the foreseeable future.
Athletic Club Bilbao - Iñaki Williams, 25
Williams was in the spotlight at the start of the season, when Manchester United were reportedly willing to pay his buy-out clause. Bilbao acted fast and extended Williams' contract until 2028, also raising the buyout to around €135m. However, Williams has failed to hit form this season, only scoring 6 in 27 appearances for Bilbao. He's previously been regarded as an elite winger/striker but has seemingly gone cold at a pretty crucial time in his career. He's dipped from above £1 in September to £0.84 at present. If he rediscovers some form in the next year or so, a bigger club could come knocking given his previously demonstrated class. For now, he's a budget option for a mid-table side - nothing too exciting.
Atlético Madrid - Saul Niguez, 25 | Renan Lodi, 22 | Victor Mollejo, 19
Saul Niguez is the obvious option right now on the index. He's the driving force in the tough Atletico side, surrounded by transfer speculation. Even without the transfer rumours, Niguez offers a relatively low price given the achievements Atletico have reached in Europe this season. He's a leader who's played his way to the top over 6 years in Atletico's first team. Although he's far from a good PB hold (average of 100, high of 178 this season), the media speculation certainly leaves a lot of room for growth. Should he be playing for someone other than Simeone in the future, we could well see his PB rise.
Renan Lodi deserves a mention here. The Brazilian full-back has earned 4 caps this season whilst establishing himself as a regular at Atletico. Aged 22, he's still got plenty of room to grow on the Index. The primary issue faced in investing in Lodi is the modest attacking approach that his club display. Lodi is fantastic going forward, but Atletico aren't exactly prolific. They're 12th in goals scored this season in La Liga - hence an attacking fullback isn't going to be picking up huge PB. Nonetheless, Lodi is just £1.16 on the index and looks to be the successor to Marcelo and Alex Sandro.
Victor Mollejo is a wildcard we've thrown in here. The 19 year old winger has been out on loan in La Liga2 - scoring 5 and assisting once in 26 games. Admittedly, he's got a long way to go to become a star, but indications suggest he may be retained in the first team next season. If that's the case, a 20 year old winger for Atletico may be worth more than his current price. Speculation aside, he's a decent player who is worth keeping a tab on even if now isn't the time to invest.
Barcelona - Antoine Griezmann, 29 | Ansu Fati, 17
Griezmann is playing at one of the greatest club's in Football History. He's at the peak of his career in terms of age, club and country, but his stats aren't what they used to be since his move to Barca. He's scored 8 and assisted 4 in 26 games - far from the European Elite. However, at £2.32 and 29 years old, there's still a good 3 years at the top left in him. On that basis, if he rediscovers the scorching form of previous seasons then he's still going to be in with a PB shout. When you look at the best forwards in Europe this season, the majority have been in their 30s (Messi, Ronaldo, Lewandowski, Immobile, Ilicic etc). It's also worth remembering Griezmann has paid out £0.12 in PB and £0.02 in media this season, so it's not as though he's been a complete failure of an investment. It's hard to see his value soaring once more, but it's far easier to imagine in 2-3 years he'll still be sat at the same value. Perhaps this perspective will entice a few traders to tick over with dividends then offload as he ages.
Our alternative Best Buy here is Ansu Fati. The 17 year old has broken records this season and certainly looks to be a promising player. Although we've seen very little of the winger so far, his value has flown up to highs of £4.50. The wonderkid trend offers the lucrative options, so for those willing to splash out, he offers a great opportunity to fly in value based off of the trading trends this season. Furthermore, he's one of the more 'proven' wonderkids on the index, having a PB best of 268, scored in UCL and won £0.16 PB dividends. We certainly see plenty of scope to grow, but also a long way to fall if he can't contribute regularly going forwards.
Celta Vigo - Denis Suarez, 26
Celtra Vigo are another side that don't offer huge opportunities on the index. We've plucked Denis Suarez from the bunch for a couple of reasons. Firstly, he's a more familiar name having featured for Arsenal in recent years on loan. Although the spell was dreadful in most aspects, Suarez is still a well travelled midfielder. Having been through the ranks at Man City, Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal, Arsenal and now Celta, he's racked up some good experience. If Celta fall into a relegation battle, it may be tough to keep hold of a player with such a history of top-flight football. For that reason, he could stretch his £0.57 share price by moving to a better PB club. It's very much a stretch, but there aren't many other opportunities Celta provide to profit on the index.
Eibar - Edu Exposito
Eibar are another side struggling to stay up. They've lacked a lot of fire-power up tops and had the third worst defence in La Liga. With only 14 players listed on the Index, Edu Exposito gets our vote as their Best Buy. The central midfielder is a regular for the Spanish outfit and looks a little classier than the rest of their side. He's also represented by YOU FIRST SPORTS, who represent the likes of Fabian Ruiz, Luis Alberto and plenty of other top-flight footballers... maybe a move elsewhere could be on the cards should relegation conclude their poor season.
Espanyol - Raul de Tomás, 25 | Adrián Embarba, 28
Raul de Tomás broke the transfer record at Espanyol when he signed for €20m from Benfica earlier this season. He's been in fine since joining the Spanish outfit, and given he developed through Real Madrid, he looks an exciting player to keep tabs on. Having failed to make the cut in Madrid, De Tomás left for Benfica at the start of 2019, but returned to Spain this January and has since been hot. He's scored 4 in 6 games for Espanyol, indicating there's more under the hood now he's being given another chance in La Liga.
Adrián Embarba is thrown a wild-card here. Although he's 28 and relatively unknown, Embarba has actually had a fantastic season. Having racked up 7 goals and 11 assists in the first half of the Spanish second division, he too moved to Espanyol this January. He's since only posted two goals and an assist in 7 matches, but it's still early days to see if Embarba has the quality to standout in La Liga. Espanyol have some interesting new attacking options sitting at decent value, they could catch the eye when La Liga continues.
Getafe - Marc Cucurella, 21
Getafe have been the 'over-achievers' this season thus far. They sit in 5th and boast a better defensive record than league leaders Barcelona. They still stand a good chance of qualifying for Champions League football too as they sit just 1 point off third place. Getafe also knocked out Ajax in the Europa League, marking their presence known in Europe already this season. Marc Cucurella is a left midfielder, capable as both a fullback and a winger, that has certainly helped Getafe to where they are in the standings. Having started almost every game this season, he's chipped in with 5 assists and a goal on the offensive end, whilst using his tenacity and stamina to help his side defensively. Cucurella started the season on loan from Barcelona. Although he'd have been a great asset to the Catalan giants upon returning back from his loan spell, Getafe activated a very low buyout clause of just €6m back in March. He's likely to get maximum playing time at Getafe, whilst Barca were in need of some financial wiggle-room to acquire their preferred transfer targets. Reports indicate Barca have no buy-back clause, therefore we're assuming the Spaniard will be playing for Getafe next season - unlike his previous buy-out at Eibar where Barca immediately bought Cucurella back. If he develops as he has done this season, he'll be attracting many other clubs as Getafe advance forward in European football. At £1.31, he's definitely got the scope to rise as one of Europe's most versatile left-sided players. He's been on our watchlist since £0.88 and the market only looks favourable for his future value.
Granada - Darwin Machis, 27
Granada are playing some half-decent football sat in mid-table. Darwin Machis has played predominately down the left wing in his debut season, contributing 6 goals and 3 assists thus far. The stats aren't great, and the Venezuelan is now 27 years old, hence he's not picked up much momentum on the index. At £0.62, we don't see a lot of market movement. Granada offer very little youth, bang-average goal scoring stats and are just too far off of European football for us to consider any serious talents amongst their ranks. Machis gets the token vote here as he's looked their greatest threat this season, but don't expect PB, Media or much inflation on the index unless any transfer speculation arises. Purely IPDs in focus here.
Leganés - Oscar Rodriguez
Relegation looms nearer as Leganés lie 5 points away from safety. Oscar Rodriguez has been their standout talent, hands-down. The 21 year old plays primarily as a CAM, and has an estimated value of around €10m. He has scored 7 and assisted 2, contributing to over 40% of Leganés' goals this season despite only starting 75% of the time. Should Leganés be relegated, a €10m transfer would look hugely attractive for them. Rodriguez puts good numbers up in a poor side, so a transfer elsewhere would likely only help him develop further. Traders have recognised his talent, as he's risen £1 over the course of the last 12 months - now valued around the £1.55 mark. If he can chip in just a little more this season and catch the eye of a bigger club as Leganés go down, his potential to rise on the index will certainly increase.
Levante - Borja Mayoral, 23 | Enis Bardhi, 24
Borja Mayoral has never quite lived up to expectations having climbed the ranks of Real Madrid in the last few years. Currently on loan at Levante, Mayoral simply hasn't made a huge impression having scored just 5 in 26 games. That said, the striker sits at just £0.57 on the index. With Jovic failing to find his feet, and Benzema growing older by the day, Real Madrid could use Mayoral to add depth and competition for strikers in their squad. Mayoral has indicated he'd like clarity over his future having been on various loan spells up to now, though it's still very unclear if Real Madrid will take him back given his lack of highlight performances on loan. Levante admittedly don't offer the chance creation that Madrid do, so his stats will never look promising compared to Madrid's strike force. But the off-chance that Mayoral finishes the season and is recalled to Madrid is enough to catch a trader's eye. He's one to watch until the end of the season - any good form could increase his chance of holding on to a future with Los Blancos.
Enis Bardhi is a very wild shout we're naming here. The North Macedonian is still a highly unknown player to English traders, sitting at £0.51 on the index. The midfielder is far from a star, but as a free-kick specialist he offers highlight plays that could catch the eye of traders. He's not a lucrative option by any means, but none of Levante's players are.
Mallorca - Takefusa Kubo, 18 | Cucho Hernández, 21 (Listed as Juan Camilo Hernandez)
Takefusa Kubo is the most prominent name on the list at Mallorca. The Japanese teenager is on loan from Real Madrid, developing experience in La Liga with the aim of returning to Real and breaking into the senior team. Kubo offers balletic footwork and nible body-control, taking a resemblance to many of La Liga's greatest players. He attacks with the ball at his feet, is regularly fouled and can contribute to goals and assists from a central midfield position. Kubo's future at Real Madrid next season likely depends on Modric and Odegaard - both whom are not entirely sure if regular first-team football is on offer at Los Blancos next season. If Kubo can continue to impress, he may get the chance next season to feature at the Bernebeu. £2.03 indicates plenty of traders are backing the Japanese star's future, but the ceiling is left very high should he actually make regular appearances for the European giants.
A second nod goes to Cucho Hernández, a 21 year old Colombian striker at Mallorca, on loan from Watford. The ties to England are the sole reason we've outlined him as a player to keep a tab on. His playing time has been limited, and his stats are not particularly impressive. However, given his youth and potential to return to Premier League football, he offers a half decent chance to rise on the index at his £0.88 price tag.
Osasuna - Pervis Estupiñán, 22
Osasuna are another mid-table side that don't have great talents to choose from on the index. Estupiñán sticks out though. The 22 year old fullback has dished out 4 assists and a goal in his first season on loan from Watford u23. He still has another year left on loan contracted, but his improvements are certainly worth monitoring should he return to England any sooner. Watford's left back options are running thin and the Ecuadorian has also been rumoured to have caught the eye of a few bigger clubs including Manchester United. He was given his first cap this season, and has impressed Osasuna with his fantastic engine. A full-back that covers ground certainly ticks boxes for Premier league sides. Should he finish the season strong, we could see a rise on the index from his current price at £1.26.
Real Betis - Carles Aleña, 22 | Nebil Fekir, 26
Real Betis have a handful of top talents in their ranks this season. Carles Aleña joined Betis from Barcelona back in January until the end of the season. As a product of La Masia, Aleña is well regarded as a great prospective midfielder. Now aged 22, he's in need of a few standout performances to take him to the next level on Football Index. If he returns to Barca to sit on the bench, it's not takeover, but it certainly won't help him develop. If he returns to Barca and gets minutes, he's bound to rise from his £1.03 share price at present. A strong end to the season could do him a lot of favours.
Nebil Fekir is another player we've noted as a Best Buy. Fekir has long been named a top European creator. His time at Betis so far has facilitated his growth, as he's tallied 7 goals and 6 assists in 22 appearances. Fekir has been rumoured to various Premier League clubs for a stable period of time. This period of La Liga could act as the shop-window for the Frenchman to earn a move to a bigger club once again. At £1.83 on the index, he's approaching some prime years and certainly will be worth more than £2 per share should he play Champions League football anytime soon.
Real Madrid - Federico Valverde, 21 | Luka Jovic, 22 | Brahim Diaz, 20
Loc Blancos' Best Buy goes to Federico Valverde. The Uruguayan midfielder has started over half of the games for Los Blancos this season at the tender age of 21. Impressive considering he's dethroning a Ballon D'Or winner. He's where every 'wonderkid' midfielder wants to be. And he sits at just £1.65. The midfielder doesn't post huge PB yet, but he's already pulling strings and offering plenty at both ends of the pitch. With Madrid set to change their midfield in coming years, with Kroos and Modric aging whilst Odegaard and Kubo offer rejuvenated depth, Valverde has the full harmony between experience and youth. Real Madrid would be fools to let the youngster leave. We see Valverde as a core part of that squad for the coming decade should he remain happy at the club. At £1.65, he's got plenty of years ahead of him and his PB will surely increase as his opportunities increase. He's a bargain when you consider the value of other wonderkids.
Strangely enough, we're plucking a poor performer out as the second best option currently at Real Madrid. Luka Jovic has had a rough debut season, earning just 15% of La Liga minutes for Los Blancos. His inability to find his feet lead plenty of traders to offload as he failed to meet expectations. Aged just 22, there are plenty of reasons Jovic made it to Real Madrid before this season. As such, one rough season is perhaps worth over-looking. At £1.91, if he finds some of his previous class for Madrid then he stands a chance at being huge on the index. Failing this, Madrid will look to sell the Serbian striker. Transfer speculation will fuel his value, with plenty of premier league clubs rumoured to be interested. Jovic could well be a flop in years to come, but a young striker of his class and opportunity offers a lucrative chance on the index. Time will tell if he turns out to be a good investment - but it's certainly worth keeping a tab on him.
Our final Best Buy at Real Madrid is Brahim Diaz. The ex-city player has not made much of a mark in Spain since he joined at the start of 2019. However, he's still just 20 years old. There's a long road ahead for the young forward to break through to the first team, but Madrid did fork out €15m for him last season. They were serious enough to sign a young unproven player for a double-digit fee, so they must surely be looking to either include him in their squad or cover their losses in the next couple of seasons whilst he's still so young. Either way, a first team appearance for any Top 5 side could see the spaniard rise north of his current £1.36 share price. As always, unproven players are a risk to invest in. But the hype provides an opportunity to make profits before he's regarded as a solid first teamer.
Real Sociedad - Martin Odegaard, 21 | Alexander Isak, 20
Real Sociedad have played an outstanding season, battling for Champions League football places and maybe even taking third place in La Liga. Martin Odegaard has finally come good this season. He's been regarded as one of Europe's finest talents for many years, and some fans may have thought he failed to meet expectations up until this season. Alas, his numbers have smashed previous years and he's back in the frame as one of Spain's hottest properties aged 21. The young CAM has posted 5 assists and 4 goals, playing a key role in Sociedad's phenomenal season. He's posted a 259 PB this season too. The youngster is expected to return to Real Madrid next season to replace Modric. He sits at £4.52, a steep price. But given his potential and the depth in talent at Real Madrid, we could see him becoming one of the best players in Spain over the next decade. His price is certainly a neck-warmer, but it's worth monitoring. It's not unheard of to see 21 year olds rocket way above expectation.
Our second choice at Sociedad is Alexander Isak. The young Swedish striker has been dangerous this season in front of goal. Having left Dortmund last summer, he joined Sociedad and has contributed far more to their league campaign than expected. 7 goals in 27 appearances isn't all that much at a glimpse, but he's only started 1/3 games. Aged just 20, we could see Isak develop into a great forward in years to come. Barcelona are lurking in the media, as are Real Madrid. He's attracting big clubs, and £2.33 for a forward of such promise is great value. We shall see how his future plays out - eyes peeled.
Sevilla - Munir El Haddadi, 24 | Lucas Ocampos, 25
We wouldn't expect many traders to have heard of Munir El Haddadi. But perhaps they should become familiar. The 24 year old Spaniard has won £0.21 in PB dividends this season alone. He posted a PB of 364. 364! His value? £1.00. That is value. Having played at Barcelona since his u16 days and been sent out on a handful of loan spells, he was transferred to Sevilla last season for a fee of just €1m. This season his La Liga stats are tepid; 2 goals and an assist in 10 appearances. But in the Europe League he's been outstanding. 5 games, 5 goals, 2 assists. Yes - Sevilla had an easy group. But it's an indication that Munir has some class. Furthermore, with Sevilla currently sat in third, European football is on the cards next season too. At just £1.00, it's an unusual punt but Munir has a lot to give and has already proven that up against poor defences he can bag goals and assists. One to keep an eye on depending on where Sevilla finish this season.
Lucas Ocampos deserves a mention too. The Argentine has scored 10 and assisted 2 in 22 appearances. He's flying well under the radar at £1.25 with links to Madrid and Barca, as well as a change of scene to Arsenal or United also speculated. Ocampos carries a buyout clause of €70m, but Sevilla are willing to listen to offers around €40m - a crucial factor considering the economic troubles many superclubs are facing. There's a good chance a superclub could pinch the right winger from Sevilla in coming windows. £1.25 is a steal should he end up as a favoured forward at a superclub in coming months.
Valencia - Ferran Torres, 20 | Carlos Soler, 23
Ferran Torres. Our La Liga Best Buy. Valencia have given the young winger a chance to play regular first team football over the last two seasons. He's been a class act so far for the Spanish outfit. He's offered 4 goals and 4 assists this season as Valencia look to close in on a European place. Currently in 7th, they've got a vital few matches ahead to close the gap and put some pressure on the Top 4. Torres has been thrown into a lot of transfer rumours so far this season. Aged just 20, he's playing regular first-team football and getting better by the appearance. His numbers aren't great yet, but there's a lot of interest from top clubs around Europe - he's clearly got the potential to be big. Liverpool and Man City are both very keen according to British media outlets. At £3.13, Torres could provide a hugely lucrative opportunity should he find himself playing at a bigger club in the coming seasons. Media and PB all are on the up. He's the one player in La Liga that could follow Kai Havertz in a rocket-rise over the summer due to a premier league transfer chase.
A second mention goes to Carlos Soler. Insignificant numbers again don't leave much for the trader to go off. But a turn to his media attention sees Arsenal have been chasing him recently with Mikel Arteta looking to add the young Spaniard to his wide attacking options. Worth monitoring should he finish the season strong.
Valladolid - Matheus Fernandes, 21
Matheus Fernandes is in fact unlikely to play for Valladolid in the coming few weeks. He's actually heading to Barcelona at the start of July, having been sold by Palmeiras whilst on loan at Valladolid. It's a bizarre scenario. He's barely played in Brazil and was a reserve for Palmeiras before being loaned out to Valladolid and purchased by Barcelona. We have very little performance data to go off with this one, and have barely had the chance to see him play due to Coronavirus. Anyhow, Barca paid €6m at a time where they aren't really financially well-backed given their signings over the last couple of seasons Either Palmeiras have pulled the wool over Barca's eyes, or Barca have signed a player of their prestige for a fee well below the expected market rate. As Barca are looking to offload a few players to make way for some big names, it will be interesting to see where Fernandes slots into this squad. He's a defensive midfielder capable of playing out from the back. Perhaps he'll offer competition for De Jong? This uncertain actually offers a great opportunity - Fernandes lies well under the radar at £0.83. If he is kept in the squad next season, or loaned out to a decent side, we could see some good interest on the Football Stockmarket.
Villareal - Samuel Chukwueze, 21 | Paco Alcácer, 26
Villareal have found a gem - Samuel Chukwueze. The Nigerian winger has been developing in Villareal for three years or so. This season he's scored 3, assisted 3 and started half of their games having only just turned 21. He's had some heavy links to premier league sides, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City all reportedly interested in the youngster. If it were one or two rumours we'd have snubbed the £1.86 share price - but a whole host of media has been churned out since January indicating Chukwueze is a likely candidate to move. The winger has a lot yet to prove, but the wonderkid trend offers an opportunity to make a few bucks even if he isn't all that well established just yet. High risk, high reward.
On the other end of the spectrum, Paco Alcacer has gone unnoticed since his departure from Dortmund made way for superstar-in-the-making, Erling Haaland. Alcácer has made 6 appearances in La Liga, scoring twice and assisting twice. The Spanish striker is still just 26, though often perceived as a Veteran, Physically he has years ahead of him, whilst his experience at Barcelona and Dortmund stand him in good stead as a goal scorer for seasons to come. He's only valued at £1.25 per share, which could well be a bargain should Villareal find themselves in Europa League next season. It's fairly easy to see him bagging plenty of goals against tame defences - offering a great chance for some PB dividends in the next year or so.