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10 most valuable U-23 midfielders in the world

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 10:46 IST

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Midfielders are the players who run the game of football. They are crucial in setting up the style of play and controlling the flow of the game.

These players are the link between attack and defence often playing defence-splitting passes and breaking up opposition play as and when required. This season, the top leagues around the world have witnessed many amazing midfielders go about their business and pull the strings for their respective sides.

All the best teams in the world have that one player in the centre of the park capable of making a difference with a moment of magic. While the players on this list may all be under 23, they are already key players for their respective sides.

Let us take a look at the 10 most valuable U-23 midfielders in world football

#10 Youri Tielemans (€20 million)

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Still only 20, but already the Belgian League’s biggest star, Youri Tielemans has been tipped to make a big-money move to a top European club in the summer transfer window. Blessed with an excellent range of passing, the versatile midfielder is capable of unlocking even the most stubborn of defences with his well-weighted through balls.

Already the captain of the very impressive Anderlecht side, Tielemans has displayed that he has enough mental strength and maturity to really make it big in the future. Youri is keen to learn from his mistakes( which are few and far between) and play with confidence and responsibility.

During his first ever press conference he was quoted as saying:

”I like taking my responsibilities. The two little dips in form that I endured- one last season and then again in the early part of this season have helped me grow. You have to dare to impose yourself if you want to become great. I’ve always had the soul of a leader. Age is unimportant.”


Manchester United, Liverpool and Monaco have all been linked with the talented midfielder and it will be interesting to see how the level headed youngster fares under pressure.

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