There was drama aplenty throughout the day, with most of the noise surrounding none other than Neymar (£19.62). As the news trickled in that he may well miss a lengthy period of time due to his foot injury, the Brazilian was subject to a 70p dip in value yesterday and he now finds himself at a price of £19.62 as of time of writing.
Now although it is understandably worrisome whenever a big name like Neymar succumbs to an injury (and a resultant market drop), if the past tells us anything it’s that Neymar is very likely to come back better than ever before!
We faced a similar situation in February of last year, in which Neymar injured his metatarsal during a match against Marseille. As a result, Neymar had a lengthy spell on the sidelines and there were even doubts as to whether he would make the World Cup. At the time, Neymar was valued just shy of the £11.00 mark and following his injury he fell by a fee of around £2.00. This was, of course, a worry at the time for those who held him then, but looking at his price long term always provides clarity. The ultimate decision on whether to flip Neymar or to hold tight, will rest with traders. But those holding firm can at least rest easy, safe in the knowledge that if the past has taught us anything, it’s that Neymar really does have a habit of bouncing back on the index.
Whenever a big player sees a slight decrease, the rest of the market usually feels the ripple effect to some degree. With a chunk of change from the Neymar sales sloshing around, there was one major beneficiary from these events: Kylian Mbappe (£16.98). The French star had already been subject to lots of investment over the past week; in fact he had already seen nearly a £3.00 increase prior to yesterday! The Neymar news resulted in more frenzied investment in the Frenchman, as he will be seen as the one to step up to the plate even more so than he already has done. Currently sitting at a very cool £16.98 as of time of writing, it’s only a matter of time until Mbappe shatters another barrier and makes it to the £17.00 mark.
It wasn’t just Mbappe who felt the positive ripple effect of Neymar’s injury however. Fellow teammates Edinson Cavani (£2.93) and Julian Draxler (£2.90) both increased by just over 20p on the back of this news and PSG will certainly be looking towards these two attackers to help fill the void along with Mbappe. With a champions league tie against Man United fast approaching in February, this will be the perfect platform for the array of talent at PSG to really showcase what they are capable of.