As Europe’s top football leagues hit the halfway stage of their respective seasons, we’ve delved into the data to see which players aged 21 or below have been ripping it up so far.
At MicroStrategy, we have accessed data provided by Opta for Europe’s top five football leagues: the Premier League (England), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy), Bundesliga (Germany), and Ligue 1 (France), and created a real-time dossier chronicling player and team form.
From this data, we’ve created this Dream XI of top young talent from across Europe who have played at least 1,000 minutes this season:
Goalkeeper – Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan): This 19-year-old is already an established number one at the Rossoneri. He’s made 48 saves so far this season, conceding less than one goal per game on average.
Defender – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool): The England right-back broke through last term and has continued that consistency, helping the red half of Merseyside establish a lead at the top of the Premier League. He’s set up three goals this season and made 976 completed passes from the back.
Defender – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace): One of the few standouts at a Palace team that’s struggled this term, Wan-Bissaka averages 3.7 tackles per game and has made a solid 40 dribbles carrying the ball forward for the Eagles.
Defender – Benjamin Henrichs (AS Monaco): The German international has had his work cut out for him as Monaco have fallen down the table, but Henrichs has been consistent with 2.5 tackles per game and a solid 574 passes completed.
Defender – Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund): A rock at the back, Hakimi’s distribution (823 passes) from the back and three goal assists have given Dortmund a solid platform for a great title push.
Midfield – Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund): The England star has scored six goals and set up a further seven for teammates so far this season, helping Dortmund open a healthy gap at the top of the Bundesliga. He’s made more incisive dribbles (42) than anyone else in the league, and his pass accuracy is an impressive 84%.
Midfield – Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen): The 19-year-old midfielder became Bayer’s youngest ever debutant in 2016, and has continued to develop quickly. He’s notched six goals from midfield, despite Bayer struggling in mid-table.
Midfield – Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona): The attack-minded Frenchman has scored seven times for Barça this campaign, setting up a further three goals.
Midfield – Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad): The 21-year-old’s five goals and incisive play (23 dribbles) have been key to the Basque side establishing its mid-table position this term.
Attacker – Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain): The French international World Cup winner has continued his form from Russia 2018, bagging 14 goals at an impressive 80% shot accuracy rate.
Attacker – Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt): The Serbian striker tops the scoring charts in Germany with 12 goals and three assists.
Want to see more player and team data? Explore the dossier! Are you ready to create your own data analysis? Download MicroStrategy Desktop for free and get started. Stay tuned to the MicroStrategy blog this season, as we’ll be providing regular insights from across Europe.