The Kids Are Alright

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With pre-season well under way, it seems that many up and coming youngsters are taking their chances and are beginning to make a name for themselves; both on the pitch and on the Football Index.
The International Champions Cup has been the perfect platform for several youngsters to show their managers exactly what they have to offer and in one of the earlier fixtures on Saturday, Mason Greenwood (£4.42) once again showed why their is so much hype surrounding him. Greenwood has been threatening the upper echelons of the first team for some time now, but his game-winning goal against Inter was enough to propel him into the top 10 in the first team with a massive increase in value of over 50p! At just 17 years of age, Greenwood is already garnering the attention of the British media and his match winner was enough for him to knock Neymar (£7.47) off the Media Rankings top spot; all-in-all it was a pretty good day for Index traders holding onto the United wonderkid! Having topped the Media Rankings on a day in which he scored the match winner in a pre-season friendly, traders will no doubt be salivating at the prospect of Greenwood making a similar impact once the Premier League season kicks off.

Sticking with the International Champions Cup and Arsenal made it two wins out of two and their young striker Eddie Nketiah (£1.87) impressed with a brace during his sides 3-0 victory over Fiorentina. Nketiah’s double ensured a similarly massive rise of 57p and he is now pushing towards the top 50 in the first team. Nketiah is perhaps most well remembered by Arsenal fans for his match winning brace against Norwich in the EFL cup two years ago. However, he has since struggled to force his way into the Arsenal first team. Having also scored the late winner against Bayern, Nketiah will have done his chances of getting game time this season the world of good and his coach Unai Emery has added further fuel to the fire by challenging the youngster to maintain this form.

Another youngster who has only just recently joined the Football Index is Tottenham striker Troy Parrott. Parrott has a formidable youth record, having registered 15 goals in just 12 Under 18 appearances last season. Having been IPO’d on Friday for 90p, he has already risen to £1.78 as of time of writing and if the trajectory of other youth prospects is anything to go by, he could well keep on rising. Having been named in the starting lineup for Tottenham’s friendly against Juventus, it seems that traders are keen to get hold of Parrott sooner rather than later.

The final youngster under the microscope is another player IPO’d on Friday. We’re talking of course about Takefusa Kubo (£2.22). Kubo is already receiving rave reviews following his performance in Real Madrid’s 3-1 friendly loss to Bayern. The Japanese starlet may well be the bargain of the summer, having joined Madrid for a fee in the region of £1.8million! Since joining the Spanish giants, Kubo has quickly caught the eye across social media with tricky dribbling and impressive close-ball control. During Madrid’s loss to Bayern, he was undoubtedly their most impressive performer and Index traders are clearly excited by what they’ve seen so far. When you consider the current values of similar youth prospects at Madrid, such as Vinicius Junior (£3.01) and Rodrigo (£2.59), it’s easy to see why traders may still see value in the Japanese wonderkid.

There’s still plenty more football to be played over pre-season, but the early signs suggest that many of these youth prospects will continue to have the opportunity to show what they can do and so far they have definitely made traders sit up and take note.

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A Football INDEX Trader since the early days of the platform’s launch, Andrew offers regular insight into the movements on the market.

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