In the lead up to the World Cup, I thought it would be a great time to compare some footballers. I try to stick to similar types of players, similar valued etc wherever possible, as it’s pointless comparing Cristiano Ronaldo to Danny Welbeck!
Today, I have decided to compare; Antoine Griezmann, Paulo Dybala & Timo Werner.
They are considerably young, have the potential to be the next group of Elite players… and they all have plenty of Transfer Rumours waiting.
Positives about Antoine Griezmann:
- He definitely has the potential to become a ‘media man’. Much like Paul Pogba, he likes to cause up a bit of a stir, whether it be on the pitch, or on Social Media. From the small things such as having his own celebration, to the more serious things such as painting himself black and dressing as a basketball player… he certainly knows how to get his name in the papers.
- Griezmann has quite a future ahead of him. He has the Europa League final, World Cup with France, and a potential future transfer looming, meaning he will earn a mega contract.
- There is an £88m release clause in his contract, which is good for any clubs that want to purchase him. It’s relatively cheap in today’s money, comparing £166m for Kylian Mbappe or Ousmane Dembele for £130m.
- Although he’s most probably set to sign for Barcelona, there is a small chance that he could move to the Premier League, Man City, Man Utd & Liverpool have all been linked.
- He has dropped in price recently, currently priced at £4.99, compared to his price of £6.23 last month.
- In his current team, Atletico Madrid, they are set up to play very defensively. It’s something Diego Simeone is well known for. Griezmann has won Buzz dividends inside this team, so if he was allowed to play for expressively in a better overall team, like Barcelona, his scores should increase.
- Following from the above, Lionel Messi is not getting any younger, in the long term Griezmann will be the successor to Messi.
Negatives about Griezmann
- If Griezmann signs for Barcelona, he won’t be first choice for free-kicks or penalties in the short term, as Lionel Messi is the man who has full control!
- Although Griezmann is a brilliant player, playing alongside Lionel Messi causes its own problem! Only one player can win Top Forward! With him currently playing at Atletico Madrid, there will be some weeks where they play on a different day to Barcelona, bringing in additional potential dividends. Playing in the same team will potentially affect dividend returns… for both players!
- There is potential for a price drop in Griezmann, however, he has already dropped under £5, I think this is down to the news that he has held secret meetings with the Barcelona President. I can’t see his price dropping much more, as I see him as the ideal Lionel Messi replacement.
Positives about Dybala:
- Dybala has put in some great performances for Juventus, earning multiple dividend returns. He’s not a guaranteed winner every week, but he is the main player for Juventus.
- Dybala operates just behind the main striker. This means he will be on the ball more, providing passes, assists and dribble points, but also often scoring goals.
- He is currently playing in quite an easy league. Leagues such as Serie A and Ligue 1 have some weak opposition, whereas in the Premier League, 20th place can beat 1st place!
- He is still developing, he’s currently a great player but he has the potential to become even better.
Negatives about Dybala
- His nationality! Argentina undoubtedly have a fantastic forward line, Di Maria, Aguero, Icardi, Lautaro, Pavon, Lionel Messi, Higuain & Dybala. The main problem here is that Dybala is far from guaranteed a place in the squad.
- Argentina don’t compete well as a team. Argentina don’t have a world class defence/midfield, meaning they often crash out of tournaments during the early stages. This limits his chances of earning any World Cup dividends, if he was to get a starting spot in the team.
- Premier League links. Normally, it would be ideal for a Top Player to be linked to the Premier League, but Dybala isn’t a player which generates Media Buzz (at present), so playing in a tougher league would be a negative thing for him. The Serie A is significantly easier league than others in Europe.
Positives about Timo Werner
- He is an up and coming prospect for Club & Country. There aren’t many German Natural Strikers to choose from now, so I believe Werner will walk into the World Cup Squad with ease.
- Transfer links. It’s widely known that Klopp is a big fan of Timo. It won’t be long before he has to move clubs, as I don’t believe RB Leipzig will match his ambitions.
- He’s young. At 22, he has emerged as a target for the Premier League. The best thing about this is that he’s not yet reached his peak, so the best is yet to come!
Negatives about Werner
- Werner has a serious health risk. It’s not career ending, but Werner has been Subbed off during big games due to a pain he has with his ears. He suffers from Tinnitus, which isn’t 100% curable. It seems to be during big games where the fans are extra rowdy! We will have to see if this affects him during the World Cup!
- He has promised to stay with Leipzig for another season. Unfortunately this does reduce his value, as Leipzig aren’t a top team in the Bundesliga. This reduces their chances of winning Performance Buzz.
- He’s an old-school finisher. The problem with ‘Finishers’ is that the Performance Buzz scores do not ‘suit’ them as much as a forward such as Messi, Depay or Griezmann, who can dribble past 4 or 5 players before scoring a goal.
- It will take some work for Werner to become a Media Buzz man. Currently , this is dominated by personalities like Pogba, Neymar etc. However, Salah has shown this season that playing well can earn you media buzz. My only concern is that he would get limited Media Coverage playing for Leipzig.
This post is far from a Lemonade Stand. I actually hold all of the above.
I believe these three players have the potential to be the next generation of top players, when Ronaldo and Messi aren’t on the scene. Neymar will always be king of the Index, but I compared these three as they are similar prices.
Griezmann and Dybala probably have more future prospects, as they have the personality of Media Buzz men.
Dividend Returns so far this season:
Griezmann – £0.41
Dybala – £0.61