10 weeks into the challenge, these are the players I’m holding based on their ‘potential‘ – because they are youth prospects, are coming back from injury or coming in from a non-PB league. Most are intended to be held for the medium to long term.
Hudson-Odoi – needs no introduction. Young, English, long-term injured – the perfect combination for a big price rise. The question is – should I sell him before he comes back…?
Bailey – pacey Bundesliga winger, once tipped to play for England but chose Jamaica. Didn’t quite fulfill his potential last year but has started well this season.
Cunha – another pacey Bundesliga youngster, the Brazilian picked up the top goalscorer award in the Toulon Tournament this summer. This could be his breakout season.
Eric Garcia – 18 year old Man City defender, and former Barcelona academy graduate, who looks likely to get a promotion to the first team this season. If so, a price rise will follow.
Richter – Augsburg forward / attacking midfielder who starred for Germany in the U21s. Looks exceptionally good value at £1.06 if he can break into the first team.
Kang-In Lee – lots of hype around this 18 year old after his performance at the U20 World Cup but it might be a while before he gets much game time at Valencia – patience is needed.
Cuisance – was Monchengladbach’s youngest ever player to begin a Bundesliga game but his recent transfer to the Bayern Munich bench raises questions about his future development.
Todibo – French centre back, trapped on the bench at Barcelona despite interest from other various clubs. Should eventually get game time or a move but likely to stagnate for a while.
Oscar Rodriguez – attacking midfielder at Leganes, on loan for a second year from Real Madrid. Needs to build on his solid contribution last year – could be a breakthrough season?
Gallagher – Chelsea youngster, currently on loan at Charlton Athletic where he’s scored 2 goals in 3 starts so far. English and hotly tipped as a future star. Looks a safe growth hold.
Niane – scored 10 goals for Metz last year, largely as a substitute. Could be good value if he can reproduce that form in Ligue 1 but seems to be stuck on the bench at the moment.
Mollejo – Spanish 18 year old winger who looks older than his years. One of the brightest prospects in the Atletico Academy and looks set to break into the first team this season.
Diawara – defensive midfielder once coveted by Spurs. Struggled to break into the team at Napoli but moved to Roma over the summer and this could be his chance for a new start.
Gouiri – highly rated French youngster who has struggled with injury. Looks to have a difficult path into the first team at Lyon now so may benefit from a loan. One to review.
Barrow – Atalanta forward who was highly touted in 17/18 but dropped off a little last year. Needs more minutes but with Atalanta’s ageing front line, it might just be a case of patience.
Umaro Embalo – exciting young Portuguese forward, coming through the ranks at Benfica. Still some way off the senior team but hugely talented so one to watch for the long term.
Pinamonti – Inter forward, currently on loan at Genoa. Confident enough to score a panenka penalty in the U20 World Cup and looks set to have a huge season this year.
Tonali – Brescia wonderkid dubbed the ‘next Andrea Pirlo’, with good looks to match. Various top teams are monitoring him as he makes the step up to Serie A this season.
Breel Embolo – new to the port. After 3 difficult, injury ravaged years at Schalke, he’s now hoping to be reborn at Monchengladbach. Still only 22, this is his make or break season.
Kubo – 18 year old, technically proficient, midfielder, recently signed by Real Madrid. Known as the ‘Japanese Messi’. Rejected a loan move to Real Valladolid so patience will be needed.
Bennacer – Arsenal reject who was relegated with Empoli and then voted player of the tournament at AFCON over the summer. Now at Milan with a point to prove.
Odegaard – playing for Real Sociedad this year, on loan from Real Madrid. Quick, technical and likes to shoot. Excelled in the Eredivisie but needs to step up now to La Liga standard.
Chalov – 21 year old forward at CSKA Moscow and part of the Russian senior team. Being tracked up several top clubs, including in the EPL, so a future move to a PB league is likely.
Just one sale this week – Louis Beyer. I felt he looked unlikely to break into the Monchengladbach team so I decided to cut my losses and move on. If I’d have sold him a couple of weeks ago, I could’ve turned a small profit – which shows that it’s sometimes better to be decisive than to hold on.
With PB the big game in town at the moment, some of these holds struggled during the week but still ended up in profit overall. The fund now sits at a profit of roughly 11.4% over the 10 weeks – see the full breakdown here.