Nigerian midfielder, Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi, and seven players of Nigerian decent have been named among the 100 most valuable U21 players in the world.
The survey was conducted by the CIES Football Observatory.
The report published on Monday placed Leicester City’s Young Player of the Year, Wilfred Ndidi as the eleventh most valuable U21 footballer in the world, with his transfer value increasing from 48.7 million euros to 64.8 million euros, a 33 percent increase.
Ndidi is the highest ranked African on the list ahead of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham who is ranked 25th, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi (34th), Dominic Solanke (55th), Kelechi Iheanacho (56th), Ademola Lookman (71st) and Jordon Ibe (86th).
Iwobi’s transfer value has reduced from €36.2 million to €31.5 million, while Iheanacho’s value has reduced to €19.4m after spending fewer minutes on the pitch following his transfer to Leicester City.
Paris Saint Germain striker, Kylian Mbappe valued for €182.8 million, is currently the most expensive U21 player in world football.
He is followed by Tottenham’s Dele Alli (€180.2 million) and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane (€124.5 million).
Seven of the eleven players with the highest transfer values for U21 players represent English Premier League clubs, including Wilfred Ndidi.