The best 21-and-under players in Europe revealed and ranked based on rating


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Arsenal could complete one the most intriguing signings of the January transfer window if they convince Malcom, the Bordeaux attacker, to move to the Emirates.

The 20-year-old Brazilian winger has hit the headlines this season following two rather reserved seasons in France’s Ligue 1, scoring seven goals and creating a further four in just 18 league matches.

He is one of the best-performing players in Europe aged 21-and-under, and is said to be the subject of a £45m bid from Arsenal as Arsene Wenger plots to replace Alexis Sanchez.

But how does Malcom rank alongside the other best under-21 players in Europe? With help from the stats experts at, talkSPORT have revealed and ranked the 30 best performing players in Europe’s top five leagues aged 21-and-under.

You can see the entire ranking, which includes Malcom, as well as players wanted by Chelsea and Manchester United, by clicking the right arrow, above…

*Minimum five appearances in one of Europe’s top five leagues (Premier League, Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1) in 2017-18

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