By Daniel Feliciano

12th Apr, 2022 | 10:30am

CIES Football Observatory names eight Premier League starlets in Top 50 most valuable rookies

The Premier League has eight Under-23 players named among the top 50 most valuable rookies in Europe’s top five leagues, according to a study by CIES Football Observatory.

The study puts the top 50 players who are yet to celebrate their 23rd birthday and made their debut in a top-five league this season together, listing them via their transfer value based on an algorithm.

Among those 50 starlets, there were eight Premier League aces from six clubs who are on the list showing the level of talent the league has when it comes to its youth ranks.

Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi was ranked fifth in total and the highest-rated Premier League player with a value of €50m (£41.8m), making his transfer from Chelsea for just £18m in the summer a total bargain.

Next up is Southampton right-back Valentino Livramento in 14th place with a value of €23.7m (£19.8m), which will have Saints fans buzzing after they also signed him from Chelsea in the summer for a cut-price £5m.

Guehi’s teammate Michael Olise is just below Livramento in 16th place on the list with a €22.4m (£18.7m) valuation, while Arsenal’s Albert Sambi-Lokonga is the last entry in the top 20 for England’s top flight in 18th place with a €20.5m (£17.1m) valuation.

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Everton’s Vitalii Mykolenko comes in at number 26 with a €15.8m (£13.2m) valuation, Nuno Tavares is at number 27 valued at €15.7m (£13.1m), while Norwich’s Christos Tzolis at €10.7m (£8.9m) and Burnley’s Nathan Collins at €10.1m (£8.4m) round off the list in 45th and 47th place respectively.

Talent factory

There is a huge array of talent in the Premier League right now and clubs are finally giving the players a chance to really shine and make an impact in the top flight.

A lack of experience at the highest level has often been used as a stick to beat young players with and been used as a reason for not getting a chance, but these eight, in particular, have made a big impact on the game at their respective clubs.

It shows the pool of talent coming through in this country and this only accounts for the players who hadn’t played in any of the top divisions before. So players such as Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Dwight McNeil and others have got plenty to give too.

Palace will be delighted to have their youngsters so high on the list and having signed them for such a bargain fee based on these valuations and Chelsea’s claim to having one of the best academies in the world is now justified too.

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