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Crystal Palace defender named in top five most valuable European breakthrough prospects

Crystal Palace and England defender Marc Guehi has placed fifth in a list of the most valuable young footballers to have made their breakthrough this season.

The CIES Football Observatory listed the top 50 footballers to have made their debut in one of Europe’s top 5 leagues before their 23rd birthday.

The ex-Chelsea centre back was estimated a transfer value of €50m after making his

Premier League debut for Patrick Vieira this campaign.

The 21-year-old moved to Crystal Palace last summer for a fee of £18m and has made 35 appearances this season before being rewarded his first senior England cap, playing the full 90 minutes in last month’s 2-1 win over Switzerland.

RB Leipzig’s pair of Joško Gvardiol and Dominik Szoboszlai topped the rankings with values of €96.2m and €60.3m respectively, with Barcelona’s Pablo Gavi placing third at €58.6m with the youngest age on the list of 17 years old.

Guehi’s Palace teammate Michael Olise also made the list in 16th with a value of €22.4m, after making his debut at the start of this season following a summer move from Reading for £8m.

The French Under-21 international has made 26 appearances under Vieira, scoring four goals, but missed the recent 3-0 win over Arsenal, and 2-1 loss to Leicester with an ongoing foot injury suffered in the recent international break.

Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko placed 26th with a value of €15.8m, either side of two Arsenal players, Albert Sambi in 18th with a value of €20.5m and Nuno Tavares in 27th with €15.7m.

Southampton’s Valentino Livramento, another ex-Chelsea player, also made the list in 14th with a value of €23.7m, followed by Norwich’s Christos Tzolis in 45th with €10.7m and Burnley’s Nathan Collins in 47th with €10.1m.

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