Bernd Leno and Hector Bellerin are in the top 10 most valuable players in Europe’s top five leagues for their respective positions, according to analysis by the CIES Football Observatory.
The Football Observatory uses an algorithm based on a number of different factors like player performance, age and contract length to produce a transfer value for each player in Europe’s top five leagues.
They’ve recently released their latest valuations, putting Kylian Mbappe as the most valuable player in Europe. However, a couple of Arsenal players make the top 10 lists in their positions.
In the full-back list, Bellerin features in eighth place, with a valuation of €50.9m. Still only 23, and with a contract running for the next five years, it’s no surprise to see the Spaniard up amongst the most valuable full-backs in Europe.
Meanwhile, Bernd Leno just about makes the goalkeeper list in 10th place. The summer signing is worth €36.6m, according to the Football Observatory. Surprisingly, Manchester United’s star goalkeeper David de Gea doesn’t make the cut. That’s because his contract expires at the end of the season, so his value is in free-fall.
This isn’t to say Leno and Bellerin are the two most valuable players at Arsenal. For example, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comes out at €89.9m and Alexandre Lacazette at €80.4m. That’s just not enough to make the top 10 forwards in Europe, considering there are quite a few younger strikers on longer deals around at the moment.
Similarly, Lucas Torreira is valued at €59.1m, which puts him just shy of the midfielders’ list. Perhaps we’ll see him break into the top 10 after more performances like the one against Liverpool last weekend