The 2019/20 Premier League season is now in full swing and we’re starting to get a good indication of where each team will be battling in the table.
Liverpool have already taken a commanding lead over the rest the top-flight, while the likes of Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester City are starting to cut away in what looks like a nailed-on top-four.
Following the appoint of Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur will look to climb the table as a quickly as possible, while Manchester United’s lightning-fast attack has only shown fleeting glimpses of its potential so far.
And it’s not just on the pitch where football has us all talking, with VAR making one hell of an impression during his debut season, and definitely not in a positive way.
All of this is bound to have a huge effect on the Football Index stock exchange, with player’s values climbing up and down based upon their team’s exploits, transfer rumours and a whole host of other factors.
So, who have been the biggest winners and losers on Football Index so far this season? Craig Rennie of Football Index Elite explains all.
Winner: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Since the start of last season, only Ryan Fraser (16) has provided more assists in the Premier League than Trent Alexander-Arnold (15). The young England international has become one of Jurgen Klopp and Gareth Southgate’s most important players and, of course, this has seen him undergo quite the rise in value on Football Index.
“Since the recent changes to the dividend payouts, players like Alexander-Arnold have excelled and their holders have seen some high rises, as well as consistent dividend returns,” Rennie told Squawka.
“Alexander-Arnold has risen from £3.23 to a high of £6.92 in the last 3 months, a rise of over 100% as he consistently puts in high-class performances and the young Englishman has shown the highest value rise so far this season.”
At the time of writing, Alexander-Arnold’s individual share value stands at £6.82.
Loser: Mohamed Salah
While Alexander-Arnold’s value has been growing, teammate Mohamed Salah has surprisingly seen a dip in value so far. The Egyptian has still been performing at a high level, scoring nine goals in 15 games across the Premier League and Champions League, he has been somewhat overshadowed by fellow strike partner, Sadio Mane.
Rennie said: “Mo Salah has lost a lot of money this season with a fall from £5.06-£4.23, despite his six goals and three assists in his opening 11 Premier League games.
“This could be partially down to some of the other Liverpool players stealing his limelight, with Sadio Mane starting the season so well.”
Mane has seven goals and two assists in nine Premier League starts so far this season and is being touted among the favourites for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. As a result, his value steadily grown over the last six months and now stands at £3.05 per share at the time of writing, while Salah’s has taken a remarkable dip during that same period.
Winner: Youri Tielemans
Leicester City have been nothing short of superb under Brendan Rodgers this season and even this early in the campaign, it’s hard to see them giving up their Champions League spot on current form.
Jamie Vardy has been banging in the goals and James Maddison has earned his senior England debut, but Belgium international Youri Tielemans certainly hasn’t gone under the radar either. The 22-year-old already has five goals and three assists in 15 games across all competitions for the Foxes this season and as a result, his Football Index value has seen a sharp increase from £1.77 to £2.60 at the time of writing.
Loser: Manchester United
Manchester United are already nine points off the Champions League spots and a monumental 18 points behind Premier League leaders and arch-rivals Liverpool. It’s, therefore, no surprise to see a number of their players undergo a drop in value, including summer arrival Harry Maguire and teenage tyro Mason Greenwood.
“Man Utd’s talisman, Harry Maguire has fallen to a low of £1.80 from his pre-season price of £2.77 and youngster Mason Greenwood has declined from £4.89-£3.69,” Rennie says.
But they aren’t the only Red Devils to see their value plummet, with midfielder Paul Pogba’s injury issues outweighing any buzz generated in the transfer market with constant links to Real Madrid.
“I suppose it’s no real surprise to have seen Paul Pogba’s value decrease so far this season,” Rennie added.
“Having spent most of it on the sidelines, we have seen his value decrease from a high of £7.17 to £5.78 in the last three months.”
Pogba has had a small resurgence recently with his current value at the time of writing standing at £6.12, but that’s still some way off his pre-season price.
Winner: Harry Kane
Daniel Levy has swung the axe and replaced Pochettino with Mourinho in north London. While Harry Kane offered a heartfelt goodbye for the Argentine on social media, many are tipping this managerial switch to be the catalyst for the England international to reach whole new levels of greatness.
Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams. We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget. You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship. Good luck with your next chapter! 💙 pic.twitter.com/u64RXV7wd4
— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 20, 2019
Nowhere is this better illustrated than on the Football Index stock exchange, where, at the time of writing, Kane’s value has seen a 24-hour rise to an all-time high of £6.05 per share.
Nobody needs telling just how lethal Kane is in front of goal but for one reason or another, he’s never quite been held in the same regard as strikers such as Robert Lewandowski – a lack of silverware may be a key factor here.
Working under a proven winner and hugely experienced manager like Mourinho might just be the tipping point for Kane to reach truly iconic status.