The Highest Value Players Left At Euro 2024
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The Highest Value Players Left At Euro 2024

02/07/24 12:37

As we approach the business end of EURO 2024, we thought we’d take a look at the highest market value players left in the tournament (according to Transfermarkt), who could be the ones to make a difference for their nations.

It won’t surprise anyone that the list is dominated by English names, but it does call into question why England have not been the standout performers at the tournament so far. With all the talent Gareth Southgate has on his roster, is it going to waste?

Jude Bellingham (€180.00m) - England

Currently second favourite to win Ballon D’or behind his Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr, Bellingham is the highest valued player in EURO 2024.

Although his overall performance so far in this tournament has been below his usual standard, he proved his worth on Sunday when he scored that incredible bicycle kick in the 95th minute against Slovakia to take the game to extra time. They always say that big players show up in big moments, well the man from Birmingham certainly did that.

Bellingham boasted a fantastic debut season for Los Blancos, scoring 23 goals and getting 13 assists in 42 games in all competitions.

Not only did he show individual brilliance, scoring injury time winners in both El Clasico League matches, but alongside his team he won La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup, playing a vital role for the team in all three competitions.

If England want to make it past Switzerland on Saturday, and get any further in this tournament, they will look to the likes of their world class players, including Bellingham, to turn up for the occasion and play their hearts out, something that they haven’t seemed to be doing so far.

Kylian Mbappé (€180.00m) - France

It’s no surprise to anyone that Kylian Mbappé is high up on this list. The man who made his name in the 2018 Russia World Cup continues to amaze at the highest level season after season.

His performances so far in this tournament have been disappointing, but no one is doubting that he has immense talent, he just needs to use it.

Expectations are high on the Parisian, and after his move to Real Madrid, all eyes are on the star to maintain his attacking brilliance.

After having what some say was not the most incredible of seasons with Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappé still ended it with the Ligue 1 trophy in his hands, and winning the golden boot, with 27 goals, 8 ahead of second place Alexandre Lacazette and Jonathan David (19 each).

EURO 2024 has been a bit of a roller coaster for Real Madrid’s new signing so far, with France only winning one of their group stage matches, only narrowly beating Belgium in the round of 16 through a Jan Vertonghen own goal, and of course, Mbappé breaking his nose against Austria, but we all know that it’ll only take one magic moment for him to click into gear, and all of a sudden it will be very scary for any defenders who have to face him.

Phil Foden (€150.00m) - England

The first inclusion from Pep Guardiola’s super squad is the Premier League Player of the Season Phil Foden.

The midfielder from Stockport had a sensational season for the Sky Blues as they claimed the League title for the fourth year in a row. He managed to net 27 goals and 12 assists in 53 games across all club competitions, and proved himself to be the difference maker time and time again.

Despite being such a standout for his club, the 24-year-old is yet to match the same quality for his country. Having to play left wing is not playing to his strengths as his game is usually played through the middle of the pitch, and this shows as he has seemed to be relatively ineffective for England so far in the EUROs.

It’s players like Foden that England will need to step up if they want to get any further in this tournament, but we can’t see that happening if he continues to be made to play on the left.

Bukayo Saka (€140.00m) - England

Someone who has featured massively for England in recent years, as well as being a key man for his club is Arsenal star Bukayo Saka.

On paper, seeing a front three of Saka, Foden and Harry Kane is enough to scare any defender in the world away, but Southgate’s front men have yet to fully click into gear, and questions are starting to arise about the man from North London.

Saka had an impressive season for the Gunners, scoring 20 goals and getting 14 assists in 47 matches in all competitions, finishing second in the Premier League.

After such disappointment for the winger at the last EUROs, missing the decisive penalty in the final against Italy, the starboy is looking to rewrite his mistakes this time around, but has struggled to do so so far.

Being made to play left back towards the end of the clash against Slovakia shows how much trust Southgate has in him, but should this be how the English manager utilises his greatest talents?

Florian Wirtz (€130.00m) - Germany

Some may call this a surprise inclusion in the top five, but after such a fantastic season with Bayer Leverkusen, winning the league unbeaten, and being named as the Bundesliga player of the season, it is no doubt that Florian Wirtz’s worth has sky-rocketed this year.

Scoring 18 goals and 19 assists in 49 matches this season only begins to show how incredibly he performed for Xabi Alonso’s side.

Wirtz has continued his fine form into the EUROs for Germany, scoring the first goal of the entire tournament against Scotland, and playing a vital role in Die Mannschaft’s attacking force ever since. The 21-year-old has pushed himself to stardom this year, and has a real chance to help Germany win a major tournament on their own turf.

Jamal Musiala (€120.00m) - Germany

This list was intended to be a top five, but it almost seems criminal to not mention the man who many are claiming to be the player of the tournament so far in Jamal Musiala.

The Bayern Munich star has shown his attacking prowess in every game so far, scoring three goals to make him the joint highest scorer in the competition, alongside Slovakia’s Ivan Schranz and Georgia’s Georges Mikautadze, both of whom have been knocked out.

Despite only being 21 years old, Musiala shows all the experience and football knowledge of someone who has been playing at the top level for years. In his time at Bayern so far he already has four league titles to his name, as well as the Champions League title they won in 2020.

Prior to the tournament, all the talk was about the two youngsters who used to play for England’s U21 side, Musiala and Bellingham, and who would shine brighter out of the two of them, and it is fair to say that up to now, it is the German who holds the crown.

There is no doubt that if Germany are to win this tournament, he will be at the forefront of the action.

Benji Kosartiyer
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