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European football’s future stars: the top performers in August

Here at ORTEC Sports there is a tremendous amount of data about player and team performance. Every week we analyse tons of matches, tagging all actions and events that happen on the pitch. As a result, we can extract very interesting insights. This is relevant for clubs and media we work with, but also provides football fans around the world extra knowledge about the game we all love. That is why every month of this season we will be showing you the best performing players under the age of 21 in Europe’s top leagues: Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Belgium.

During the last month, the best of the best was Borussia Dortmund’s new wonderboy: Julian Weigl. At only 19, he has featured as a defensive midfielder – joining İlkay Gündoğan and Shinji Kagawa in a trio that has powered Dortmund to a great start in the Bundesliga. On the offensive side, Weigl boasts an impressive pass completion rate, managing to deliver 96% of his passes to a teammate. He has also been outstanding when getting into duels with opponents, winning them 65% of the times. His average grade in August was an excellent 8.5 (on a scale from 0 to 10). Weigl was signed from 1860 Munich this offseason.

John Stones comes in second on this list, after a series of good performances in Everton’s defense (8.0 grade). The 21-year old defender has excelled in regaining possession, while committing only one foul in three matches.

Karim Rekik, who recently moved from PSV to Marseille, joins the group of top performers with his first starts in the French league. The Dutch centre back has been very involved in the team’s offensive build up, with an average of 58 passes per game. At the same time, Rekik racked up 8 clearances per match, further justifying his good grade (7.8).

The top 4 is completed with a more attacking player: Anwar El Ghazi. In four games for Ajax, the Dutch winger scored 6 goals, converting a staggering 43% of his shot attempts. Plus, the 6 goals came from his (only) 6 shot attempts on target. El Ghazi finished the month with a grade of 7.6.

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