Under 20's Player Focus #2

Updated: Feb 3

The player's highlighted in last month's 'Under 20's Player Focus' have already increased an average of an incredible 24.4% in price.



September's Under 20's have increased 24.4% in value in just one month


Below are further youth players in price order, which I have selected from the Youth Player Database alongside further research, which could increase in price for the reasons below.


Out of the below players, it is the more attacking players which are likely to increase in price in the short term as young, attacking players have higher price ceilings. The more defensive players may be strong, longer term holds. However, are unlikely to fly up in price in the short term - unless a favourable transfer emerges.


1. Benoit Badiashile


Badiashile is an 18 years old center back for Monaco. Badiashile has already played 7 games in Ligue 1 this season as well as a further 20 last season. There have been some very tenuous transfer rumours already, however, as Badiashile is a fast, 6 foot 4, 18 year old with plenty of first-team experience already under his belt - he does have the attributes and potential which could attract a better team than struggling Monaco.


Benoit Badiashile

Benoit Badiashile Key Information


Country: France (Youth International - France Under 19's)

Age: 18

Price: £0.91

Team: Monaco

Position: Defender (Central)


Pros:

  • First team experience

  • Transfer Speculation

  • France Youth International


Cons:

  • Increased in price already this month due to tenuous reports linking him to Chelsea once Chelsea's transfer ban is uplifted (This did not come from a credible source)

  • Limited ceiling as a center back

2. Agustin Almendra


Almendra is a 19 years old central midfielder for Boca Juniors who are currently first in the Superliga Argentina (1st Division in Argentina). Almendra has been linked to various top European clubs over the last 12 months having impressed last season playing 15 games for Boca Juniors. He was watched by Tottenham's Chief Scout last month and also scored the winner in Boca Junior's 1-0 win last Monday.


A transfer from Boca Juniors, currently in a non-pb league, to a team in a PB league is likely to have a significantly positive impact on Almendra's price as the demand for Almendra increases.


Agustin Almendra

Agustin Almendra Key Information


Country: Argentina (Youth International - Argentina Under 20's)

Age: 19

Price: £0.90

Team: Boca Juniors

Position: Midfielder (Central)


Pros:

  • Transfer Speculation

  • Tottenham Hotspur Chief Scout watched him last month

  • Transfer from a non-pb league to PB league team is likely to lead to a large increase in demand and therefore price

  • Argentina Youth International


Cons:

  • Currently in a non-pb league

  • Currently has no chance of earning Match Day dividends (Non-pb league, no European Tournament, not a first-team international)

  • Increased in price considerably already this month

3.Jayden Bogle


Jayden Bogle is a 19 years old right back for Derby County in the Championship. Bogle broke into Derby's first team last season at just 18 years old and provided 9 assists and 2 goals in 43 games from right back. Various bottom half Premier League teams such as Burnley and Brighton reportedly tried to sign him, but, Derby managed to keep him. He has been injured for a large part of this season, but, is now back and has already provided 2 assists in his first 5 games.


Jayden Bogle

Key Information


Country: England (Youth International - England Under 20's)

Age: 19

Price: £0.89

Team: Derby County

Position: Defender (Right Back)


Pros:

  • Provides lots of assists

  • England Youth International

  • Transfer Speculation

  • England Youth International


Cons:

  • Currently in a non-pb league


4. Aurelien Tchouameni


Tchouameni is a central midfielder for Bordeaux. Tchouameni has already played 7 games for Bordeaux this season, helping Bordeaux to currently sit 4th in Ligue 1. Last January, reports suggested Inter Milan and Bayern Munich were interested in Tchouameni, but, there are currently no transfer rumours suggesting Tchouameni will move away from Bordeaux.


Tchouameni is more of a defensive midfielder which may limit his chances of hitting high PB scores (Highest PB score so far is only 148), but, he is yet to have a full season of playing regularly so we could see his PB scores increase.


Aurelien Tchouameni

Key Information


Country: France (Youth International - France Under 20's)

Age: 19

Price: £0.88

Team: Bordeaux

Position: Midfielder (Central)


Pros:

  • First-team experience

  • Recently called up to France under 20's

  • Youth International

Cons:

  • Limited ceiling / PB scores as he is more of a defensive midfielder


5. Victor Mollejo


Victor Mollejo is an 18 years old right winger / forward for Deportivo De La Coruna in the Segunda Division (Spain 2nd division). Mollejo is on loan from Athletico Madrid. Despite Deportivo La Coruna currently bottom of the Segunda Division, Mollejo has managed to score 2 goals from 7 games. Mollejo featured in 4 games for Athletico Madrid in La Liga last season.



Victor Mollejo

Key Information


Country: Spain (Youth International - Spain Under 19's)

Age: 18

Price: £0.82

Team: Deportivo De La Coruna

Position: Forward (Winger)


Pros:

  • Very High price ceiling as plays for a strong team and is a forward

  • Strong goal scoring record at youth level (4 goals in 6 in EUFA Youth League last season)

  • Spain Youth International


Cons:

  • Currently in a non-pb league (On loan)

  • Deportivo De La Coruna are having a very bad start to the season

6. Glenn Middleton


Glenn Middleton is a winger for Hibernian in the SPL, on loan, from Rangers. Middleton has struggled for game time for Hibernian this season, however, I have highlighted him as he has been standing out in the EURO under 21 qualifiers for Scotland under 21's. Middleton has already scored and assisted once and was man of the match in Scotland's 0-0 draw with Lithuania last Thursday.


Middleton had a very strong start to last season for Rangers playing a total of 29 games scoring 5 goals and providing 5 assists. However, later on in the season he struggled to keep his spot in the side and was consequently loaned to Hibernian for the 2019-2020 season. If Scotland Under 21's are able to qualify for EURO 2020 (Currently 2nd) then Middleton will have more chances to stand out and potentially gain more game time for Rangers next season (Including European Football)


Glenn Middleton

Key Information


Country: Scotland

Age: 19

Price: £0.34

Team: Hibernian (On loan from Rangers)

Position: Midfielder (Winger)


Pros:

  • Very Cheap

  • Strong goals / assists record

  • Chance of a future transfer back to England (Trained in Norwich's academy between 2012 - 2017)


Cons:

  • Currently in a non-pb league

  • Struggling for regular game time at Hibernian

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