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CIES name the 50 most promising teenage players in Europe - just 3 PL players feature

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The CIES Football Observatory are well-renowned as the biggest football boffins out there.

One of the main things they do is comprise perfectly researched lists of the most valuable players in world football by studying all the facts and figures - Neymar was the player handed that title, valued at €213m.

And, the dedicated souls have been back at it again, producing a list of the 50 finest teenagers in European football after two years of studying.

The winner? AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma, with the goalkeeper widely recognised by most as the natural heir to Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon.

Amazingly, Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe - who is viewed by most as the best young player in Europe - only makes third place, with Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic in fourth.

In second place comes Toulouse's Albert Lafont, a relatively unknown name on English shores, but the goalkeeper has a glowing reputation from his displays in Ligue 1.

But, which Premier League players make the cut? Well, there's only three, with Everton's Tom Davies the highest ranked in seventh place.

Manchester United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah - who is currently on-loan at Crystal Palace - is next in 32nd, with Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold the final Premier League name in 41st.

You can see the full list below.



Nearly as many Championship players feature, with Leeds United's Ronaldo Vieira and Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon both making the cut.

The lack of Premier League players is pretty interesting given the amount of young stars from Europe's other top leagues.

The Bundesliga has 10 representatives while Ligue 1 has seven.

However, both Serie A and La Liga boast the same amount as the Premier League, with the latter not having one player in the top 25.

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The CIES says their system looks at the "minutes played by each footballer were weighted according to the sporting level of leagues and the results achieved by employer clubs".

They claim this allows them to "compare talents across leagues on an objective basis".

In 10 years or so, it will be interesting to see if their data was correct.

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