After a season spent dominating Europe in 2018/19, there is a strong case for the Premier League being the best in the world right now.
In Liverpool and Manchester City, we have witnessed two of the greatest teams to ever grace the division compete with each other across various competitions over the past few seasons.
This time around, the Reds are well on course to beat City’s record 100 points haul from 2018 and plenty more record are likely to tumble between now and May.
So, with so many elite clubs operating on these shores, it unsurprising that the Premier League currently boasts some of the most talented footballers on the planet. But which players are the most valuable? We took a look at football’s stock market, the Football Index*, to find out.
*You have to be 18+ and Gamble Aware to sign up to Football Index. Values correct at time of writing on 26/01/2020.
5. Kevin de Bruyne
Club: Manchester City
Football Index value: Buy: £5.16, Sell: £5.01
Having endured an injury-hit campaign throughout 2018/19, the brilliant Belgian has been back to his best since the start of this season. He’s registered 16 assists as well as scoring seven more already, but the stats don’t tell the full story. Kevin De Bruyne’s ability with the ball, particularly when it comes to distribution, is nothing short of sensational. A large portion of his goal contributions simply defy belief – Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero must be wondering what they did to deserve such a magician playing behind them.
4. Harry Kane
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Football Index value: Buy: £5.44, Sell: £5.17
A torn hamstring is likely to have ruled Harry Kane out for the rest of the season and maybe even the Euros this summer, but that hasn’t prevented the England captain establishing himself as the most valuable Premier League striker on Football Index. 17 goals in 25 games in all competitions this season for Spurs is quite the number, particularly given that many seem to think the World Cup Golden Boot winner has underperformed this season. That’s the price he has paid for being obscenely consistent since his emergence in 2015.
3. Paul Pogba
Club: Manchester United
Football Index value: Buy: £6.05, Sell: £5.63
He may not be a Premier League player for much longer (if the rumours are to believed), but Paul Pogba’s influence on the Red Devils since his return to the club shouldn’t be underestimated. He managed a mightily impressive 21 goal contributions in the league last season and was deservedly included in the PFA Team of the Year. Like Kane, his season has been heavily affected by injury, which means we may never see Pogba in full flight in the Premier League again, unless Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinces the Frenchman to stay put.
2. Raheem Sterling
Club: Manchester City
Football Index value: Buy: £6.35, Sell: £6.03
Thanks to Pep Guardiola, Raheem Sterling has been transformed from a promising, slightly lightweight winger into a devastating attacker. His newfound goal-scoring instinct has seen him score 46 Premier League goals since the beginning of 2017/18 – such numbers appeared to be beyond him prior to this remarkable upturn in form. At just 25 years of age, it’s frightening to think that his best years may still be yet to come.
1. Trent Alexander-Arnold
Football Index value: Buy: £7.06, Sell: £6.85
With the world at his feet, the youngster has gone from strength to strength under Jurgen Klopp: since the start of last season, he has at least five more assists (22) than any other player in the Premier League (yes, including De Bruyne), from right-back. That is just absurd. Trent Alexander-Arnold seems destined to have a Premier League winners’ medal around his neck come May – which could perhaps be the first of many. The only surprising thing about his soaring value is that he is the only Liverpool player who makes the top five.