Football Index Insight – New players

It is just 2 weeks now until the Football Index start adding 50 new players a day to the market and excitement is slowly building in anticipation of the same.

The current Index market has never been healthier and player values are pretty much at an all-time high. For traders who are cursing their misfortune that they didn’t get involved earlier, when prices were lower, the 1st November 2017 represents a big opportunity as all traders will have the same chance as everyone else to buy shares in the new players being added to the market.

Although exact details of who will be promoted and when have not yet been revealed, (this information is expected to be released in the 24 hours prior to each new promotion day) I thought I would do something controversial and look at who potentially might be good players to buy. I say controversial, because there are some traders who don’t like others revealing who the potential bargains might be in the fear that the prices they will have to pay for those players will be inflated as a result.

So, whisper it quietly… here are my top 5 picks of players not currently available to buy on the Index who should eventually be made available to the market, starting from 1st November.

Joshua Kimmich – Bayern Munich (22 years old)

I am quite surprised that a player of this ability isn’t already available to buy on the Index already so keep an eye out for this one as he may even get promoted in one of the two promotion Fridays leading up to 1st November. Kimmich is only 22 but is already a regular fixture in both the Bayern Munich and German national teams. Although Kimmich generally plays at right back, so is a defender, he has a handy knack of creating goals for his teammates. An incredible stat I picked up from the FIFA website is that Kimmich was actually the leading creator in European World Cup qualifying with 8 assists, ahead of players like De Bruyne, Hazard and David Silva. Not bad for a right back! Kimmich is looking like future captain material and so if you can get shares in him early and at a good price then you may have a great investment on your hands.

Filipe Malcom – Bordeaux (20 years old)

Still only 20, Malcom has been quietly impressing for Bordeaux for a couple of seasons now after a move from Corinthians in 2015. Malcom is a great dribbler and very much your typical Brazilian attacking player with plenty of flair. He has started off this season in great form with 4 goals and 4 assists in 8 games for Bordeaux. If he can carry on that sort of form, it surely won’t be too long until the big clubs come calling. There has already been a few murmurings from Index traders about Malcom’s imminent arrival so my advice would be if you want shares in him then get them as soon as you can as he looks like a future superstar and therefore likely to be a worthwhile long term investment!

Nabil Fekir – Lyon (24 years old)

A slightly older pick this one, so some of you may be thinking, if he was that good why isn’t he already on the Index? Well, the answer to that question may partly be due to the fact that at the start of the 2015/16 season, Fekir suffered a MCL knee ligament injury which ruled him out for around 6 months and as a result, he only played a handful of games that season. He has been slowly improving with each game since his comeback last season and has started this season off in outstanding form and has arguably been Lyon’s best player. He has chipped in with 5 goals and 3 assists in Lyon’s first 8 games and is currently ranked 6th on Who Scored’s list of best rated attacking players from Europe’s big 5 leagues. Another player currently under the radar who could prove to be an absolute steal if you can get him early doors.

Mikel Oryazabal – Real Sociedad (20 years old)

Another talented youngster who many people won’t have heard of. This is perhaps partly because he plays for Real Sociedad, who are only really known to the causal football fan as the team David Moyes went to manage and had a shocker, and because his surname is a bit of a mouthful! Oryazabal is a tricky little winger who is a regular for Sociedad and the Spanish U21 side. He recently made his debut for the full national team and is expected to become a regular for Spain. In La Liga, he has started off the season scoring 3 goals in 4 league games and is starting to catch the eye of some big clubs. He could be a very shrewd long-term investment which may go unnoticed by many traders.

Julian Brandt – Bayer Leverkusen (21 years old)

Brandt was available to buy for a while on the Index before traders lost interest in him and he was relegated. Perhaps part of the reason for the lack of interest is that Brandt doesn’t yet play for one of the ‘big boys’ yet and so doesn’t get the same level of exposure that players from these clubs get. Another reason is that whilst Brandt has enormous potential, his dribbling and finishing skills still need a bit of refining. He is still a very young player though and has plenty of time to hone his skills. Perhaps these skills will be perfected at a bigger club, as there has been plenty of interest in him from clubs such as Barcelona and Liverpool. Certainly, one to keep an eye on in my view.

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