Arsenal and Crystal Palace starlets feature in CIES young stars top 10

Arsenal and Crystal Palace starlets feature in CIES young stars top 10

Bukayo Saka has claimed top spot in the CIES observatory young stars with two months of the season left to play.

The widely recognised data analysis site, which takes into account minutes played as well as performances relative to teammates, has placed the Arsenal star (still only 20) at the head of their list, compiled across 32 European Leagues and only using those with over 1000 minutes to their name this campaign.

Saka has starred for the Gunners as they look to push for a top 4 spot that many consider impossible at the start of the season. Despite their most recent defeat, 3-0 at the hands of Crystal Palace, the Gunners remain favorites for the 4th spot, and Saka has played a major part in that becoming a reality.

Arsenal and Crystal Palace starlets feature in CIES young stars top 10

Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on March 19, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old has contributed nine goals and five assists in 29 Premier League ties so far, and seems a shoo in for the England side in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad for Qatar in November, if not a starter for the Three Lions.

Palace also on the list

Another impressive addition to the list is Crystal Palace forward Michael Olise, who ranks fifth on the observatory list despite having only seen limited game time this season for the Eagles under Vieira.

The Frenchman, also only 20 years old, has scored twice and provided five assists for the South London side, and seemingly has a bright future ahead of him. Having already swapped Reading for South London, it is hard to see him staying there should he continue to impress, with a bigger move surely on the horizon.

You can see the rest of the top 10 below.

Player Club Age (Years)

Bukayo Saka

Arsenal 20.6

Mason Greenwood

Manchester United 20.5

Patrick Wimmer

Arminia Bielefeld 20.8

Josko Guardiol

RB Leipzig 20.2

Michael Olise

Crystal Palace 20.3

Piero Hincapié

Bayer Leverkusen 20.2

Castello Lukeba

Lyon 19.3

Gonçalo Ramos

SL Benfica 20.8

Nico Williams

Athletic Club 20.1

Georginio Rutter

Hoffenheim 19.9

The whole list of 100 names can be found here.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 30 52 73
2 Liverpool FC 30 57 72
3 Chelsea FC 29 35 59
4 Tottenham Hotspur 30 15th 54
5 Arsenal FC 28 13 54
6 West Ham United 31 11 51
7 Manchester United 30 8 51
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 6 49
9 Leicester City 28 -4 37
10 Aston Villa 30 0 36
11 Southampton FC 30 -9 36
12 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -10 34
14 Brentford FC 31 -11 33
15th Newcastle United 30 -21 31
16 Leeds United 31 -33 30
17 Everton FC 28 -19 25
18 Watford FC 30 -28 22
19 Burnley FC 28 -18 21
20 Norwich City 30 -45 18
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 14
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 14
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 9
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 9
Rafinha Leeds United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8

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