It’s been an interesting couple of weeks on Football Index since my last blog. We’ve had an extended period of media madness, leading to some interesting player rises and falls and now with match days back on the horizon, the attention once again turns to Match Day players as we head towards the Christmas period – winter breaks and all. Three players really caught my attention during this period – in this blog I’ll explore who and why.
We are used to Ronaldo, Messi, Salah and Pogba dominating media breaks over the last 12 months or so, but this time it was Eden Hazard’s time to shine, the new media lovechild. The Belgian has risen a huge amount on the Index this season, and is now currently trading at £14.40. His ability to deliver dividends in both Match Day and Media consistently has made him one of the most expensive players on the Index and quite rightly, having already earned £0.93 in dividends this season (75p Media, 18p Match Day).
Luckily for me, Hazard was a player I bought at the start of the season, he seemed massively undervalued, especially with Sarri coming in, a manager who helped the likes of Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne move to the next level, players of a similar ilk. Lots of traders were wondering who this season’s Salah would be, and it seems it is Eden. Hazard’s massive increase shows how it is crucial to consider managerial changes when looking to make your next move in the market.
Aaron Ramsey is another one who is starting to be in the papers more often than not. With 23p in Media Dividends already this season and his future still far from certain, he seems a good pick for traders who target Media Dividends, and he’s a lot cheaper than your consistent winners at £4.18.
Another player who caught the eye during the international break was Raheem Sterling. The English forward ended his national team goal drought with an impressive brace against Spain and whilst he’s only won Match Day Dividends once before, he’s already scored over 180 (highest 268) on three occasions this season, showing improvements in this area. The media always seem to be interested in Sterling and with his contract situation and Real Madrid’s reported interest, he could be one to watch over the coming months.
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