A view to future talents has been dominating headlines this week, with domestic cup action across Europe’s top five leagues helping facilitate the development of the stars of tomorrow.
Phil Foden‘s man of the match performance in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final win for Manchester City was a prime example, while a certain Scot grabbed the headlines for Chelsea last night.
As usual, it’s the cup competitions that have proved that some of Europe’s biggest clubs can develop and make potential stars as well as buy them ready-made.
Tuesday 3 March Media Day Winners:
- 1st Place: Billy Gilmour (5p)
- 2nd Place: Pablo Mari (3p)
- 3rd Place: Ross Barkley (1p)
Now for the latest activity on the Index:
Billy Gilmour Shines at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea progressing to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Liverpool last night was only part of the story at Stamford Bridge, as Billy Gilmour (£2.77) announced himself on the major stage with a terrific display at the heart of midfield.
Despite being only 18 years of age, Gilmour looked at home alongside peers with far more experience, as the Scot exuded confidence both on the ball as well as with his defensive duties.
He boasted a 77% passing accuracy after completing 37 of his 48 pass, while he completed five tackles, 2 take-ons and created one chance.
It’s no surprise then that he is currently the Index’s biggest riser, with his Share Price increasing by over 55% in the last 24 hours to the tune of £1.00.
After claiming top spot for yesterday’s Media Dividends as well, Billy Gilmour is sure to be a name that remains in the headlines for the next few days at least.
Is Bellingham Bundesliga Bound?
Sticking with the theme of talented youngsters now and one that has shone in the Championship this season has been Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham (£3.77).
The 16-year-old has made 31 league appearances this season, garnering plenty of praise for his all-action style of play and composure while in possession.
It’s led to the midfielder being linked with pretty every big-name club in the past few months, although Borussia Dortmund are said to have jumped to the front of the queue if recent reports in Germany are to believed.
The Bundesliga side are said to be preparing a £30m bid for the teenager – a club-record fee should the deal go through – which would see him follow in the footsteps of compatriot Jadon Sancho (£9.36) and Jonjoe Kenny (£0.65) among a whole host of others.
Bellingham has risen by 26p in the last 24 hours, so he could be a name to keep an eye on regarding his future once the transfer window opens this summer.
Update on Jadon Sancho’s Future
From one player linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund to one that’s been linked with a departure now in Sancho.
Manchester United and Liverpool look to be the front-runners for the 19-year-old’s signature, although an update from a senior official at the club suggests he could be staying at the Signal Iduna Park after all.
Dortmund’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has hinted that the England international is “very happy” with the Bundesliga club.
“I think he has the feeling that the club does have a good future,” Watzke said. “In my opinion, I don’t think he wants to leave.
“We have a very confidential relationship between us and him and his agents. We have enough money. We want to have titles. I think this team has a lot more potential with Jadon than without Jadon.”
Dortmund are currently four points off league leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga title race, while they also hold a narrow 2-1 lead in their Champions League round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea’s Left-Back Search Lands With Alex Telles
It’s been no secret that Chelsea are looking for a new left-back ahead of next season, with Frank Lampard’s patience seemingly wearing thin with out-of-favour pair Marcos Alonso (£0.94) and Emerson (£0.86).
The 27-year-old, who reportedly refused to sign a contract extension with the Portuguese club, has eight goals and five assists in the Liga NOS this season, with the Brazil international well-known for both his quality from dead ball situations, as well as strikes from long range.
In terms of his Share Price on the Index, it has risen by 7p in the last 24 hours alone, while in the last week it’s increased by 18p as he looks to potentially join Hakim Ziyech (£2.93) at Stamford Bridge next season.
*All Share Prices, rises and falls accurate at time of writing