Value Defenders (Under 23+Under £1) 2019

We have seen some significant rises in younger players lately and it is likely we will see many younger players continue to increase in price throughout 2020.


Since being highlighted in the Value Youth Players under £1 - Possible long term holds post just 6 days, the three defenders highlighted have already increased an average of a considerable 12% in price. Sergino Dest scoring two in the KNVB cup and Ozan Kabak scoring another goal against Wolfsburg saw both of these 19 year old defenders fly up in price.


Defenders


Other than via high PB scores, the price of young defenders is often largely influenced by if the player is gaining transfer speculation and young, attacking full backs are generally more expensive than young central defenders.


The main reason for this is that attacking wing backs are often more likely to hit the very high PB scores needed to earn match day dividends via key passes, crosses, dribbles and often assists. There are of course exceptions and some center backs do have strong goal scoring records which can put them in the mixer to compete for match day dividends.


We have also seen throughout 2019, a large amount of young center backs being linked to strong Premier League teams, and this can often result in a sharp increase in price.


Overall, most young defenders are unlikely to increase to the extent midfielders and forwards do after strong performances. However, many high quality, young defenders are at low prices and could increase in price significantly throughout 2020 via strong performances.


Below are defenders that are under 23 and currently under £1 which could be of strong value at their current prices for the below reasons and could increase throughout 2020. Many of the below players may not increase in price in the short term, unless, linked with a move away.


Value Defenders (Under 23+Under £1) 2019


*PB scores are from this season only


Stefan Posch

Stefan Posch

Price: £0.42

Team: Hoffenheim

Age: 22

Position: Center Back

Country: Austria

Top 5 PB scores: 198, 133, 129, 120, 98


Pros:

  • Very low price

  • Regular starter for Hoffenheim

  • EURO 2020 - Austria International

  • Fairly high PB score of 198 earlier this season with no goal / assist

Cons:

  • Center backs have lower price ceilings

  • Unlikely to compete for match day dividends regularly as a low goal scoring center back

Maximilian Mittelstadt

Maximilian Mittelstadt

Price: £0.43

Team: Hertha BSC

Age: 22

Position: Left back

Country: Germany

Top 5 PB scores: 162, 130, 122, 116, 110


Pros:

  • Very low price

  • Scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist this season

  • Hertha Berlin form improving

Cons:

  • Low PB scores

  • Does not start every game

Chris Mepham

Chris Mepham

Price: £0.48

Team: Bournemouth

Age: 22

Position: Center Back

Country: Wales

Top 5 PB scores: 134, 114, 114, 111, 86


Pros:

  • EURO 2020 - Wales International

  • Premier League players often increase further after strong performances

  • Bournemouth have very favourable fixtures coming up

  • Started Bournemouth's last 4 games

Cons:

  • Lower price ceiling as a center back

  • Low PB scores

  • Previously been on the bench this season

Luiz Felipe

Luiz Felipe

Price: £0.51

Team: Lazio

Age: 22

Position: Center Back

Country: Brazil

Top 5 PB scores: 170, 157, 156, 126, 122


Pros:

  • Regularly starts for Lazio

  • Lazio are a strong team in Serie A - currently 3rd

Cons:

  • Lower price ceiling as a center back

  • Increased in price already this week


Cristian Romero

Cristian Romero

Price: £0.53

Team: Genoa on loan from Juventus

Age: 21

Position: Center Back

Country: Argentina

Top 5 PB scores: 154, 127, 119, 111, 102


Pros:

  • Regular starter for Genoa

  • On loan from Juventus

  • Signed by Juventus for £23.4 million

Cons:

  • Low PB scores

  • Lower price ceiling as a center back

Joakim Maehle

Joakim Maehle

Price: £0.61

Team: Genk

Age: 22

Position: Right Back

Country: Denmark

Top 5 PB scores: 141, 123, 116, 85, 56


Pros:

  • Strong transfer speculation linking Maehle to Premier League clubs

  • 3 goals, 5 assists last season

Cons:

  • Currently in a non-pb league

  • Increased in price already this week due to transfer speculation

Marc Cucurella

Marc Cucurella

Price: £0.73

Team: Getafe on loan from Barcelona

Age: 21

Position: Left back

Country: Spain

Top 5 PB scores: 160, 150, 133, 115, 103


Pros:

  • Getafe play in the later stages of the Europa League, although, against Ajax

  • Regular starter for Getafe

  • 3 assists this season

  • On loan from Barcelona

Cons:

  • Low PB scores

Nuno Tavares

Nuno Tavares

Price: £0.75

Team: Benfica

Age: 19

Position: Left Back

Country: Portugal

Top 5 PB scores: N/A


Pros:

  • 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 games in Primeira Liga fro Benfica

  • Portugal Youth International

  • Only 10p above IPO price

Cons:

  • Irregularly plays for the first team

  • Currently plays in a non-pb league



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