We’re not talking best players, but rather the Premier League players who would reap the biggest transfer fees. We did this last April and it is fascinating (we think) to see the differences. Thanks to transfermarkt for the guidance.
ARSENAL: Bukayo Saka
Oh how the mighty Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang has fallen and oh how the mightier Bukayo Saka has risen. The former has a massive contract and a rapidly diminishing value – transfermarkt value him below not just Saka but also Thomas Partey and the revitalised Nicolas Pepe – while the latter is undoubtedly the Gunners’ player of the season and has just scored his first England goal.
ASTON VILLA: Jack Grealish
No change here except that price is rocketing. There was recent talk of a £100m move to Manchester City that would break all the records. And his exhilarating form is one of many reasons for England fans to be cheerful.
BRENTFORD: Ivan Toney
Thirty-one goals in the Championship makes him a bona fide phenomenon. Had Brentford not been promoted, he would surely have been sold.
BRIGHTON: Ben White
We questioned the value of Neal Maupay relative to Lewis Dunk last year but we have to agree with White’s promotion. A 23-year-old England international centre-back is a valuable asset indeed. Brighton have openly said they would be willing to sell either White or Yves Bissouma for a fair(ly inflated) price this summer.
Ben White played at the back for 5 minutes, ended up being our best defender 🙈🙈🙈
— Ian F (@ianfraze) June 2, 2021
BURNLEY: James Tarkowski
We think they’ve got this one wrong. Tarkowski has just one year remaining on his contract so would he really be worth more than Dwight McNeil on the open market? Mind you, there’s even talk of Chris Wood being sold for £40m, so what the hell do we know?
CHELSEA: Mason Mount
All change here since April 2020, when N’Golo Kante was still king of the Blues. But while the Frenchman is undoubtedly brilliant, he is 30, which means he sits behind the ever-improving Mount and expensive Germans Kai Havertz and Timo Werner when it comes to pure monetary value. The future is bright blue.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Wilfried Zaha
The problem for Palace is that no other Palace player is worth even half a Zaha so if they sell the Ivory Coast winger, exactly where would they go from there? He wants out – he always wants out – but Palace have barely a first XI under contract and no manager to put them in a formation.
Wilfried Zaha’s transfer request is to the summer transfer window what the Coca-Cola advert is to Christmas. https://t.co/yd05uMnfrQ
— Rob Hayman (@Rob_131) June 3, 2021
Eight goals in 23 games for Brazil ensure that Richarlison will had admirers across Europe even after a season in which water has been trodden rather than cleared. But the man is only 24 and he will only get better; if the Toffees decide to cash in, they will make a profit on the £40m transfer that upset Paul Merson but now looks like a bargain. He must be fed up of the Toffees’ 18-month switcheroo by now. Inevitable links to Real Madrid have already been made.
LEEDS UNITED: Kalvin Phillips
We were expecting to see the name of Raphinha here (recently in our Premier League uncapped XI) but Phillips’ inclusion in England’s Euro 2020 squad has underpinned the midfielder’s value. But any suitors would probably have to prise him out of Marcelo Bielsa’s cold, dead hand.
LEICESTER CITY: James Maddison
Poor as the season collapsed around Leicester once again; injury robbed him of March but no Premier League goals or assists were forthcoming in April or May. Hence, it’s Youri Tielemans attracting more admiring glances this summer; his talent is crying out for a Champions League stage.
LIVERPOOL: Mo Salah and Sadio Mane
They cannot split them and neither can we. There is persistent talk of one being sold to fund a re-build but it is clear that Jurgen Klopp believes he could not replace this pair, even after a poorer season – by his high standards – from Mane.
#FPL 2020/21 TOP SCORING MIDFIELDERS
244pts – Bruno Fernandes
231pts – Mohamed Salah
228pts – Son Heung-min
176pts – Sadio Mane
174pts – Marcus Rashford pic.twitter.com/vomzFdO3RP
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) May 26, 2021
MANCHESTER CITY: Kevin De Bruyne
Displacing Raheem Sterling – who could yet leave Manchester City this summer – is De Bruyne, one of four Manchester City players on a six-man shortlist for the PFA award.
MANCHESTER UNITED: Bruno Fernandes
It now seems inconceivable that Paul Pogba was still considered the most valuable member of United’s squad as recently as April 2020. Since then, the Fernandes factor has sent him way clear of the Frenchman, with Marcus Rashford settling into second. Now Pogba is one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s problems to solve.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Allan Saint-Maximin
Shrugging off Joelinton and just about holding off Callum Wilson is the Frenchman who makes Newcastle fans giddy. He cruised into our uncapped Premier League XI. He has already been linked with Arsenal and Roma, who obviously offer the gilded lure of the Europa Conference League.
NORWICH CITY: Emi Buendia
A target for both Aston Villa and Arsenal, both now know his price. Or at least the starting price. “If we do sell one, it’s going to be a club record deal,” said Canaries sporting director Stuart Webber. “It’s probably going to start with a number three in front of it and that will give us great opportunities to maybe make the whole better as well.”
SOUTHAMPTON: James Ward-Prowse
Danny Ings’ diminishing contract sends him down the list as his fellow snubbed England teammate Ward-Prowse has seen his stock rise so high that he has even been linked with Liverpool. His wand of a right foot is worth around £30m alone; attach it to the rest of his body and we are probably talking £32m.
James Ward-Prowse is the only outfield player to have played every minute (6840) of the last two Premier League seasons.
A much needed rest coming this summer. 😅 pic.twitter.com/lkBdQ7zhC5
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 1, 2021
TOTTENHAM: Harry Kane
You might have heard of him. He might well cost £200m this summer. No bugger will pay £200m. Mind you, he might finally win something under Antonio Conte.
WATFORD: Ismaila Sarr
Probably worth just about double any of his Watford teammates after a season which reaped 13 goals and 10 assists in the Championship. He will be linked with Liverpool right up to the minute he leaves the Hornets for Udinese.
WEST HAM: Declan Rice
“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer. Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more,” said David Moyes recently. Would you sell the next Andrea Pirlo for £100m?
WOLVES: Ruben Neves
The club say he is going nowhere but is there not a point when the 24-year-old Neves has ambitions beyond what Wolves have to offer? You imagine that this could be a massive season under a new manager.