According to the Soccerex 20 U21 report, Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Dele Alli has been identified as the most valuable Under-21 player in world football by this year’s by Prime Time Sport.
The England youngster is valued at £73.6m (€82.6m) in the Soccerex study, which uses Prime Time Sport’s Football Value Index, to rank footballers born on or after 1st January 1996.
The 21-year-old English star, who was named the PFA Young Player of the Year for the second season in a row this April, comfortably pips AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappé to the accolade due to the number of minutes played for his club – Alli clocked an impressive 3,044 minutes, more than double that of the Frenchman’s 1,499.
Mbappé, who is valued at £55m (€61.7m) after a standout season for the 2016/17 Ligue 1 champions, scored the first hat-trick of his first-team career in the 7-0 rout of Stade Rennais in the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16 – the first hat-trick scored by any Monaco player in the competition since Sonny Anderson in 1997 – and has caught the eye of Arsenal, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain this transfer window.
Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé completes the top three, after the Bundesliga Rookie of the Year was valued at £54.3m (€60.9m).
The Soccerex Report utilises a Football Value Index compiled by Prime Time Sport and takes into account the player’s age, position, current club, contract length, market value perception, international caps, minutes played, goals, injuries and technical quality from a variety of sources to arrive at a final valuation.
Also, two of England’s rising stars, Dele Alli (1st) and Marcus Rashford (7th), make the Top 10 of the Soccerex study.
The valuation of Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has risen considerably since last year, where he was valued at £28.8m (€34.1m), on the back of consistently high standards for club and country and confirms what we saw last season, that Mauricio Pochettino may have picked up a bargain, with the midfield talisman joining from Milton Keynes Dons for just £5m back in January 2015.
Alli has since gone to become a mainstay on the Three Lions’ team sheet, with 19 appearances and two goals since his senior debut in 2015.