The CIES Football Observatory has named two Leicester City players on their list of the 100 most valuable footballers in all of Europe.
Welcome to another update article as we await Leicester City’s Saturday FA Cup match. You can read transfer news and rumours here; but in this piece, Foxes of Leicester will focus on the Foxes’ most valuable players, according to the Football Observatory.
The Observatory has analysed the statistics and chosen English winger Harvey Barnes along with Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans for their list of the 100 most pricey or costly players. That’s if either were sold.
In fact, the pair were attributed as 100th (Barnes) and 58th (Tielemans), respectively. Barnes’ value is apparently £48.3 million; while his team-mate’s expense would be approximately £63m.
According to Leicestershire Live, the stats company’s algorithm takes “performance quality, age, contract length, international experience, nationality and more into consideration.”
Is the selection of two Leicester City stars valid?
I would have guessed at the amazing 2018 transfer trio being involved here: Caglar Soyuncu, James Maddison as well as Ricardo Pereira. What a group it was to sign that summer! Barnes and Tielemans deserve their spots, I suppose I’m asking for three more Leicester representatives overall.
Intangible value to the team
When we talk value of players to the squad, we can also imagine the negative impact their departure or general unavailability would cause. Examine Jamie Vardy for example: because of his age he isn’t worth as much as younger players who aren’t anything like as influential – nor as good, basically.
Whereas, if inconsequential personnel leave, it can obviously be a positive development. If the former England international wasn’t playing for Leicester suddenly in contemporary times, the Foxes would suffer unbelievably. Unless the King Power club are prepared to spend £100m plus on a top-10, world-class striker.