5 most valuable Spain U-21 players

Spain are identified with silky possession-based football that is efficient and entertaining to watch. The Mediterranean country has hosted some of the most technically gifted footballers over the years. However, while the domestic league boasts giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, Spanish talent is limited to those from home.

The next five names are all aged 21 or younger but have already left a solid mark on the football map. Although they are yet to reach their peak and still have a lot of growth and development left, these footballers already have a high market value. All these five players have become regulars despite their very young age.


#5 Yeremy Pino – €30m

Yeremy Pino (left)
Yeremy Pino (left)

Yeremy Pino broke for the first time in the 2021 Europa League final victory over Manchester United. Villarreal had acquired it as a teenager and Pino was not yet a starter. But his performance against one of the biggest clubs on the planet showed his ability and talent.

Quick on the ball and with the ability to dribble, Pino is a natural winger. He looks to cut inside when available, but can find teammates with accurate passes if needed. Since that final, Pino has become a regular, which ended in a memorable way for him when Villarreal won the cup.

And finally, Yeremy Pino is a huge talent, the runs he takes give Villareal players a chance to catch their breath and he covers a lot of the ground in counters. He is the biggest threat to United’s defence. #UELfinal https://t.co/QdA0Z0pB6u

Pino has mainly been deployed on the right wing this season and has mainly started. In 28 appearances so far this season, Pino has scored three goals and four assists but will be looking to improve on those numbers.


#4Gavi – €40 million

Gavi has a bright future ahead of it
Gavi has a bright future ahead of it

Barcelona’s 2021-22 season has been a nightmare so far with the team underperforming on a huge level. They sit fifth in the La Liga table and are out of all domestic cups. They were also demoted to the Europa League after being knocked out in the Champions League group stage.

Despite this, their youngsters’ performances have been a shining light, and none have been better than Gavi’s. The Spanish teenager is only 17 but has already shown his ability to promote him to the first team. He was influential and in some ways resembles the early days of iconic footballer Xavi.

Gavi has excellent ball control and the ability to connect his teammates with accurate passes. Several aspects of his game need to be worked out, but Gavi has started around two-thirds of the games he has played so far.

Gavi has made 25 appearances for the club in all major competitions this season. He contributed with one goal and three assists, but his main strength was his ability to keep pace in midfield.

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