Everton’s Tom Davies and Leeds United’s Ronaldo Vieira are among the most promising young players in Europe, according to the CIES Football Observatory.

The organisation conducted research, collating number of minutes played by Under-20 players and weighting that alongside the strength of the leagues they appeared in as well as their teams’ results.

Using the data, it produced an “experience capital” score for the players investigated.

CIES has published its list of the top 50 players, with AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Toulouse stopper Alban Lafont and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe the top three.

However, Davies appears in seventh place as both the highest placed Englishman and Premier League representative.

He is ranked as a five-star prospect, which according to the report means he should be able to establish himself in the very best European teams.

Davies, 19, joined Everton at the age of 11 and graduated through the Toffees’ academy, eventually making his first-team debut in April 2016.

He has since gone on to make 60 appearances for the Goodison Road side, scoring three goals, in all competitions.

Davies has also represented England at several youth levels including the Under-21s, captaining his country at the Under-17 World Cup in 2015.

He was named as Everton’s Young Player Of The Season in 2016-17.

A little further down the list, Vieira appears in 20th place as a four-star prospect – behind only Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon in terms of Championship representatives.

The CIES believes four-star prospects have a “concrete” possibility of spending time in the most competitive European leagues.

Vieira, who was born in Guinea-Bissau and grew up in Portugal, left Benfica’s academy in 2011 and joined Leeds in 2015 after unsuccessful trials with Hull City and Manchester City.

The midfielder has now made 60 appearances for the club in all competitions – the same number as Davies has for Everton – and scored two goals.

Despite initially expressing a preference to play for Portugal, Vieira has represented England Under-20s and has committed himself to his adopted country.

Whether either player does indeed go on to enjoy a successful career depends on several factors, but the report suggests that, thanks to the playing time they have already enjoyed, they stand a better chance than many.


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