Arsenal fans are already pretty excited about Bukayo Saka, and you can hardly blame them – he’s been outstanding since jumping up to the first team.
Saka, 19, had starred in the Arsenal developmental ranks, but ended up being called into first-team action under Unai Emery, and stayed there under Mikel Arteta.
He has arguably been Arsenal’s top performer this season, and it’s quite remarkable to see just how flexible Saka is at this early stage in his career.
He has impressed as a left-wing back, a central midfielder and as a winger, showing athletic and technical ability to play in any of those roles.
Arsenal got Saka tied down to a new long-term deal back in July amid speculation surrounding his future, and they will now be very glad to have done so.
The CIES Football Observatory have shared their list of most valued young players, with the likes of Alphonso Davies, Jadon Sancho, Ansu Fati and Erling Haaland leading the way.
Saka comes in at number seven though, and this study values him at a huge €95.8million (£86million) in the current transfer market.
That’s more than Phil Foden, Eduardo Camavinga, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jude Bellingham amongst others, whilst Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba and Emile Smith Rowe come in at €26.3million, €20.9million and €5.3million respectively.
This all points to an exciting future for Arsenal, with so many talented young players in the ranks – but Saka is the star of the show, emerging as one of the most valuable young players in the world.