Thursday night is quickly becoming one of the Football Index’s busiest weekdays and yesterday was no different!
With the continued introduction of 50 new players throughout the day, combined with the market movement during the Europa League action, we saw a massive increase in the market by 116.75 points! This leaves the Index at an almighty total of 9,515 points.
Trader eyes were firmly set on Lyon’s match against Everton and in particular many will have been eager to see if Nabil Fekir (£2.80) could repeat his exploits from his first match since joining the Index. Fekir had made a wicked start to life in the Index last week during which he bagged a brace against Metz, however last night he was out done by former Man United Man Memphis Depay (£1.03).
Depay has edged Fekir in terms of his PB score throughout the match and his goal in the 88th minute capped off a great game for the Dutchman. As Everton succumbed to a 3-0 loss, Fekir succumbed to a mini fire sale in which his value reached as low as £2.69 at one point. Despite dropping 20p, it’s clear that traders still feel confident in Fekir’s abilities and I’ve no doubt that he will rekindle the form that sparked so much investment in him barely a week ago!
Depay’s strike was enough to earn him the striker and overall dividend and any traders holding futures in the Dutchman will surely be very happy with their double dividend this morning. Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (76p) just edges his fellow compatriot and teammate Leonardo Bonnucci to the defensive dividend while one of our Index new boys Manu Trigueros (£1.00) impressed enough to earn the midfielder dividend as Villarreal ran out 2-0 winners in their game against Slavia Prague.
Whenever there are ups, inevitably there will also be some downs and with both Arsenal and Milan playing out frustrating 0-0 draws, their attacking players paid the price of their inability to break the deadlock. Both Olivier Giroud (£1.06) and Andre Silva (£1.00) fell in value by 14p and 13p respectively and fans and traders alike will be hoping they fare much better in their league fixtures this weekend!
One player who definitely saw plenty of gains yesterday was Napoli’s man mountain Kalidou Koulibaly (£1.49). The Senegalese powerhouse saw an impressive increase of 98p as he entered the market at a very affordable price of 50p. Koulibaly has been putting in solid displays for some time now and he’s attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona, so its little wonder that he saw a huge increase in value following his introduction to the tradable market yesterday. With Napoli currently top of Serie A, I’m very curious to see how Koulibaly does on the Performance Buzz, but for the time being at least, traders should be very excited about the prospect of Koulibaly being in the first team!