Saka Named Best Performing U-21 Player In Europe


Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka has been named the best performing Under 21 star in European football.

Saka is enjoying a brilliant season for the Gunners, helping them in their push to reach next season’s Champions League.

The 20-year-old is the club’s top scorer in all competitions with nine of his ten goals coming in the Premier League.

And CIES Football Observatory which published their list of the 100 best performing U21 outfield players from across 32 European leagues this season listed Saka at the top.

CIES took into account several criteria such as air and ground defence, ball recovery, distribution, take-ons, chance creation, air attack and shooting.

The Arsenal academy product has bounced back following the disappointment of his deciding penalty miss in the final of last year’s European Championships for England against Italy.

His performances have led Arsenal to fifth in the league, though they could jump to fourth on Monday should they beat Crystal Palace.

Second on the list is Manchester United’s 20-year-old forward Mason Greenwood.

Greenwood hasn’t played since he was arrested arrested in January on suspicion of rape and assault of an 18-year-old student.

He was further arrested on February 2 on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill, but bailed pending further investigation.

The top five is made up Patrick Wimmer of Arminia Bielefeld, RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol and Crystal Palace’s attacking midfielder Michael Olise.

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