December is a unique month in the world of football.
If the festive fixture glut – in the UK anyway – isn’t enough to send things into overdrive, then there’s also the small matter of the January transfer window just around the corner.
And as Premier League clubs get ready to buy and sell, so too do traders on Football Index, the world’s first football stock market.
Football Index works like any other stock market in that prices depend on the number of people buying and selling shares in a player. So a good month of performances can see a player’s price quickly rise as more traders buy shares, while poor performances, an injury or just being left out of the team can lead to traders selling shares and that player’s price falling.
Ahead of what could prove a decisive month, here is an overview of the top three price risers and fallers for every Premier League club in December.
Biggest Risers: Gabriel Martinelli +0.40; Emile Smith-Rowe +£0.21; Dani Ceballos +£0.20
Biggest Fallers: Nicolas Pepe -£0.27; Kieran Tierney -£0.21; Joe Willock -£0.17
Biggest Risers: Jack Grealish +£0.71; Douglas Luiz +0.06; Matt Targett +£0.05
Biggest Fallers: John McGinn -£0.23; Tom Heaton -£0.02; Tyrone Mings -£0.02
Biggest Risers: Nathan Ake +£0.35; Jefferson Lerma +£0.18; Dominic Solanke +£0.10
Biggest Fallers: David Brooks -£0.10; Aaron Ramsdale -£0.03; Diego Rico -£0.02
Biggest Risers: Yves Bissouma +£0.21; Alireza Jahanbakhsh +£0.18; Neal Maupay +£0.17
Biggest Fallers: Leandro Trossard -£0.16; Aaron Connolly -£0.03; Mat Ryan -£0.01
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Biggest Risers: Dwight McNeil +£0.24; James Tarkowski +£0.04; Charlie Taylor +£0.03
Biggest Fallers: Nick Pope -£0.03; Ashley Barnes -£0.03; Erik Pieters -£0.02
Biggest Risers: Marcos Alonso +£0.29; Ruben Loftus-Cheek +£0.19; Antonio Rudiger +£0.13
Biggest Fallers: Jorginho -£0.32; Callum Hudson-Odoi -£0.24; Emerson -£0.23
Biggest Risers: Wilfried Zaha +£0.24; Jordan Ayew +£0.08; Christian Benteke +£0.04
Biggest Fallers: Patrick van Aanholt -£0.03; Vicente Guaita -£0.01
Is this the month Wilf Zaha departs Selhurst Park? The ‘will he, won’t he’ saga has dragged on and on, but with Chelsea and others lurking – and his form (coincidentally?) much improved of late – a large cheque may finally reach the Eagles’ coffers.
Perhaps in anticipation of this, traders on Football Index have been stocking up on the 27-year-old, with his price rising from £2.22 to £2.46 in December.
Chiefly thanks to his wonder goal against West Ham, Jordan Ayew’s price ticked up 17%.
Biggest Risers: Dominic Calvert-Lewin +£1.25; Gylfi Sigurdsson +£0.27; Mason Holgate +£0.24
Biggest Fallers: Tom Davies -£0.14; Jordan Pickford -£0.01
With Everton having had three managers in December, there were bound to be some winners and losers.
And the biggest winner was Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Whilst it was no surprise to see him thrive under ‘Big Dunc’, it was perhaps less expected that he would maintain his starting position (and form) under Carlo Ancelotti. And even less expected that Ancelotti would declare that he’d considered taking the frontman to Napoli while he was in charge there.
Calvert-Lewin’s price rise from £0.77 to £2.02 was the second-highest on Football Index last month, and it may continue if he keeps banging them in.
Biggest Risers: James Justin +£0.26; Hamza Choudhury +£0.06; Wilfried Ndidi +£0.05
Biggest Fallers: Ben Chilwell -£0.19; Ayoze Perez -£0.18; Harvey Barnes -£0.16
Biggest Risers: Takumi Minamino +£1.27; Harvey Elliott +£0.62; Naby Keita +£0.52
Biggest Fallers: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain -£0.27; Virgil van Dijk -£0.13; Alisson -£0.05
Snapping up Japanese sensation Takumi Minamino for an absurdly cheap £7.25million looks like another stunning piece of business from Liverpool.
And traders clearly like the look of the Reds’ new recruit, with his price up £1.27 in December from just £0.83 to £2.10, an increase of over 153% and the highest across Football Index. Expect more players moving to the Premier League from overseas leagues to see their prices shoot up.
For poor Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, another injury setback saw his price drop 13%.
Biggest Risers: Phil Foden +£0.55; Oleksandr Zinchenko +£0.53; Kevin De Bruyne +£0.15
Biggest Fallers: Raheem Sterling -£0.26; Ilkay Gundogan -£0.17; Joao Cancelo -£0.14
Biggest Risers: Mason Greenwood +£1.03; Marcus Rashford +£0.75; Diogo Dalot +£0.12
Biggest Fallers: Daniel James -£0.18; James Garner -£0.15; Angel Gomes -£0.12
Having looked light up top after Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter Milan, Mason Greenwood has begun to step into the goalscoring breach at Old Trafford.
His displays in December have seen his price rise nearly 30%, and expect that trajectory to continue as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives him more opportunities.
Biggest Risers: Jonjo Shelvey +£0.09; Andy Carroll +£0.07; Allan Saint-Maximin +£0.04
Biggest Fallers: Sean Longstaff -£0.12; DeAndre Yedlin -£0.01; Matt Ritchie -£0.01
Biggest Risers: Emiliano Buendia +£0.69; Todd Cantwell +£0.24; Max Aarons +£0.21
Biggest Fallers: Teemu Pukki -£0.01
Biggest Risers: John Fleck +£0.10; Oliver McBurnie +£0.04; George Baldock +£0.02
Biggest Fallers: John Lundstram -£0.09; Lys Mousset -£0.08; Callum Robinson -£0.01
Biggest Risers: Danny Ings +£0.27; James Ward-Prowse +£0.20; Jack Stephens +£0.06
Biggest Fallers: Moussa Djenepo -£0.06; Yan Valery -£0.02; Jannik Vestergaard -£0.01
“Iiiiiings, can only get better.”..so the terrace ditty goes. And if the Saints frontman does keep doing so, then those who hold his shares on Football Index will be sitting pretty.
Five Premier League goals in December and then another on New Year’s Day mean he now has 13 for the season. Could he be in line for a recall to the England squad?
James Ward-Prowse’s key role in his side’s revitalisation since their 9-0 drubbing by Leicester has not gone unnoticed by traders either. He saw his value rise 26% in December.
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Biggest Risers: Son Heung-Min +£0.17; Christian Eriksen +£0.16; Ryan Sessegnon +£0.13
Biggest Fallers: Dele Alli -£0.44; Serge Aurier -£0.19; Harry Kane -£0.14
Son Heung-Min’s rise from £2.17 to £2.34 could’ve been even greater in December but for his red card against Chelsea, which saw it dip slightly.
Christian Eriksen has been another Spur on the up – but rather than that be down to his on-pitch deeds, it is perhaps in anticipation of a big-money move to another club.
Biggest Risers: Ismaila Sarr +£0.26; Troy Deeney +£0.10; Domingos Quina +0.04
Biggest Fallers: Daryl Janmaat -£0.03
Biggest Risers: Declan Rice +£0.15; Pablo Fornals +£0.13; Issa Diop +£0.13
Biggest Fallers: Mark Noble -£0.01
Biggest Risers: Adama Traore +£1.17; Pedro Neto +£0.24; Diogo Jota +£0.18
Biggest Fallers: Raul Jimenez -£0.09; Ryan Bennett -£0.01
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