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Scouting report: 200 under 21 prospects

With a new transfer window about to open, the 81st edition of the CIES Football Observatory Monthly Report presents its exclusive approach to player scouting, bringing together in a coherent framework different and complementary information such as the footballers’ playing time, level of competition, positions, technical areas of activity, age, contract length and transfer value.

The Report identifies the 200 players - the top 10 in twenty classification categories - born in 2002 or later who have accumulated the most playing experience in the last year.

The categories were determined by the players’ primary position and activity level (InStat data) in eight areas of play: three defensive (air defence, ground defence, recovery), four offensive (take on, chance creation, shooting, air attack), as well as distribution.

For each player identified, the report also presents the contractual duration with the owning club and the estimated transfer value based on the CIES Football Observatory statistical model, which has become a reference.

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The following players top the list for the twenty classification categories, with club of employment and estimated transfer value:

  • Goalkeeper: Maarten Vandevoordt (KRC Genk) €18.1 million
  • Defensive centre back: Castello Lukeba (Olympique Lyonnais) €37.0m
  • Ball-playing centre back: Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig) €122.4m
  • Defensive left back: John Tolkin (New York RB) €5.1m
  • Defensive right back: Killian Sildillia (SC Freiburg) €5.4m
  • Two-way left back: Nuno Mendes (Paris St-Germain) €66.0m
  • Two-way right back: Amar Dedic (RB Salzburg) €6.6m
  • Attacking left back: Quentin Merlin (FC Nantes) €19.1m
  • Attacking right back: Malo Gusto (Olympique Lyonnais) €17.0m
  • Defensive midfielder: Pablo Maia (São Paulo FC) €10.3m
  • Defensive playmaker: Pedri González (FC Barcelona) €169.8m
  • Two-way midfielder: Nicola Zalewski (AS Roma) €18.7m
  • Attacking playmaker: Kenneth Taylor (AFC Ajax) €32.6m
  • Attacking midfielder: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) €211.3m
  • Shot-oriented left winger: Facundo Kruspzky (free) €0.0 m
  • Shot-oriented right winger: Andrés Gómez (Millonarios FC) €8.1m
  • Allrounder left winger: Adam Hlozek (Bayer Leverkusen) €29.8m
  • Allrounder right winger: Angsar Knauff (Eintracht Frankfurt) €15.9m
  • Shot-oriented centre forward: Marcos Leonardo (Santos FC) €29.2m
  • Allrounder centre forward: Rômulo Cardoso (CA Parananense) €4.4m

About the CIES Football Observatory

The CIES Football Observatory is a research group created in 2005 within the Swiss-based Centre International d’Étude du Sport (CIES). It specialises in the statistical analysis of football, in particular in the areas of demographics, transfer values and performance.

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About the CIES

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is an independent study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It was created in 1995 as a joint venture between the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchâtel, the City and State of Neuchatel. Click here for more information.

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