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Transfer Update: Latest on Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur

Emerging Talents in the EPL Market: Sesko, Kerkez, Gallagher, and Mamardashvili


The EPL Market Metrics Podcast on EPL Index recently featured a riveting discussion with Dave Davis and Ben Bocsak. They delved into the potential impacts of several emerging talents on the Premier League. The focus was on players like Milos Kerkez, Benjamin Sesko, Conor Gallagher, and Giorgi Mamardashvili. This blog will explore their insights and the potential trajectories for these players in the EPL.

Milos Kerkez: A Rising Star from Hungary

Milos Kerkez, the Hungarian international left-back, has been a standout performer for Bournemouth. “Out of under-21 defenders, he’s played the most minutes, totalling 1,900 in the Premier League,” noted Ben Bocsak. His defensive metrics are particularly impressive. Among under-23 left-backs, Kerkez ranks highest for successful defensive actions with 9.85 per 90 minutes. This places him above notable players like Destiny Udogie at Tottenham. Despite a three-game suspension impacting his total minutes, Kerkez’s ability to force own goals and his burgeoning offensive game make him a hot prospect.


Manchester United and Chelsea have shown interest, with United being a more likely destination due to their urgent need for a reliable left-back. “The left-back market is a difficult one right now,” said Bocsak, highlighting the scarcity of talented players in this position. The transfer fee for Kerkez is speculated to be between £30 to £35 million, given his long-term contract and significant playing time.

Benjamin Sesko: Slovenia’s Prolific Forward

Benjamin Sesko’s name frequently appears in transfer rumours linking him to top Premier League clubs. The 21-year-old Slovenian forward had an outstanding end to his season with RB Leipzig, scoring in his last eight games. His goal conversion rate of 28.5% is the highest among under-23 forwards in Europe’s top five leagues, even surpassing Erling Haaland.


“Sesko’s finishing is exceptional,” Bocsak remarked, noting his consistent practice and dedication. His top speed and physicality, combined with his technical skills, make him a formidable forward. Although staying another year at Leipzig might benefit his development, the allure of the Premier League, particularly for clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United, might accelerate his move. A release clause set at €65 million ensures that any potential transfer will require significant investment.

Conor Gallagher: Chelsea’s Dynamic Midfielder

Conor Gallagher’s future at Chelsea is uncertain as Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur express strong interest. With a year left on his contract and Chelsea’s financial considerations, Gallagher could be on the move. “Gallagher’s offensive contributions and work rate are underrated,” Bocsak stated. Comparing him to Aston Villa’s John McGinn, Gallagher’s offensive metrics are superior, with more goals and assists per 90 minutes.


Gallagher’s defensive contributions are also noteworthy, with significantly higher tackles and recoveries in the attacking third than McGinn. Despite concerns about Chelsea’s asking price of £50 million, Gallagher’s energy and versatility could make him a valuable asset for Villa or Spurs. However, his preference for staying in London might give Spurs an edge.

Giorgi Mamardashvili: Georgia’s Goalkeeping Prodigy

Giorgi Mamardashvili, the 23-year-old Georgian goalkeeper for Valencia, has caught Newcastle United’s attention. Ranked third for most prevented goals per 90 minutes in La Liga, Mamardashvili’s shot-stopping abilities and physical presence stand out. “He’s a very good goalkeeper,” Bocsak emphasized, citing his impressive performances despite Valencia’s struggles.


Mamardashvili’s contract with Valencia runs until 2027, with a speculated transfer fee around £35 million. His potential move to Newcastle would bolster their goalkeeping options, especially with the demanding schedule ahead. Mamardashvili’s aspirations and public statements about moving add to the intrigue surrounding his future.


The EPL Market Metrics Podcast provided valuable insights into the emerging talents of Milos Kerkez, Benjamin Sesko, Conor Gallagher, and Giorgi Mamardashvili. Each player brings unique strengths and potential to the Premier League. As the transfer window unfolds, their decisions and the clubs’ strategies will significantly shape the upcoming season. The market dynamics and financial considerations will be pivotal in determining their next moves.

This analysis underscores the intricate web of talent, opportunity, and strategic planning that defines the EPL transfer market.

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