Are the names of Callum Hudson-Odoi (£2.29), Tahith Chong (£1.59) and Curtis Jones (£1.25) recognisable to you? If so you have likely been heavily involved in the pre-season profits on offer in the world of Football Index and if not, could you be missing out? I wanted to take a look at one of the interesting opportunities for traders over the past couple of weeks and to hopefully shed some light on the situation.
It goes without saying that every single trader on the Index is desperate to find the next big thing in the world of football to enjoy huge capital appreciation and possible dividends. The rewards in such a strategy come from purchasing shares in a player before the potential boom when a player explodes on the scene, just cast your mind back to Marcus Rashford (£3.88) a couple of seasons ago, who entered the market at £0.25 in the days of the IPO.
With 2018 being a World Cup year several of the biggest stars in international football are currently recuperating on holiday and sharing glamorous photos on Instagram, yet the new season is just around the corner. This means that all club sides are now well underway with their pre-season preparations taking in a host of international tournaments as they build for kick off in early August across the continent. The fact that some of the biggest stars are still reclining on sunbeds has giving clubs an extra opportunity to blood youngsters and boy are they taking the opportunity to show their managers what they are capable of. I’ve picked out three such youngsters who have made a big impact on the Index.
First up we have to start with Chelsea’s young prodigy Callum Hudson-Odoi (£2.27). The winger was born in 2000 and has long been on several ones to watch lists but yesterday saw Hudson-Odoi thrust straight into the starting line up in the friendly with Perth Glory in Australia. Not only that but the news coming out from the Chelsea camp was that he was set to be offered a new contract and firmly put on first team duties under new manager Maurizio Sarri. Add in the fact that Sarri likes to play with a 4-3-3 formation meaning Hudson-Odoi could be set for plenty of playing time in the wide attacking berths at Stamford Bridge this season.
Unsurprisingly this series of events saw the index react accordingly. Yesterday morning Hudson-Odoi was trading at £1.93 a share and rose to a peak price of £2.34 a share, a rise of £0.41. The three-month rise is even more spectacular, as the winger was available for £1.10 a share. Meaning against yesterday’s peak he has risen by £1.24 a share. Not to get carried away but could Hudson-Odoi break the mould and be an academy prospect at Stamford Bridge?
Elsewhere over in the US, Manchester United are a couple of games into their North American tour. With the likes of Paul Pogba (£6.32) rightly resting up after his World Cup heroics, Jose Mourinho hasn’t been shy in bringing a couple of academy prospects on the trip. One of which is young Dutch midfielder
(£1.59). Chong has arguably been one of the leading lights on the tour to date and the eighteen-year-old certainly took home the plaudits in the 1-1 draw with Club America last week with his manager himself applauding the youngster. This has seen his price rocket in the last month from a low of £1.22 a share to highs of £1.89 a share before settling a little lower. Could Chong battle for a first-team spot this season?
Finally, over in Merseyside, Jurgen Klopp has undoubtedly been very impressed with the accomplished performances in pre-season of young midfielder Curtis Jones (£1.25). The seventeen-year-old has not looked out of place on the Reds North American tour and been generating his own share of plaudits. The young Englishman only recently joined the Index in the last batch of IPO’s and he too has had a fantastic rise in share value over the last month. Jones had a low price of £0.69 a share in the last month, meaning he has risen by £0.56 to his current price. That’s a rise of 81%. It will be tough for Jones to have several minutes for Liverpool when up against Naby Keita (£3.61), Fabinho (£1.84) and Jordan Henderson (£0.92) but his future is one to keep an eye on.
Pre-season has certainly given traders a glimpse of the future and prices have risen to give traders a real opportunity to profit. Will these three youngsters be dominating the Index in years to come? Only time will tell, but for now, let’s celebrate the profit on offer.
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