This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leeds United are keen on a deal for Derby County attacking midfielder Louie Sibley and have learned that it will cost £10m to seal his signature, as per Football Insider.
The 19-year-old is one of the Rams’ most promising emerging talents and enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last season, where he notched five goals and three assists in 22 appearances for Cocu’s side.
So, what do you make of the £10m valuation of Sibley? Fair price?
The team here at FLW have their say….
You could argue that he is worth something in that region.
Sibley is already a decent player, who can come up with moments of brilliance, so that has to put a good few million on his value to start with, particularly when compared with other player’s valuations, even in this current climate.
Add to that the fact that he is still only 19-years-old, meaning he still has plenty of time left in his career, during which time he could still improve further, and it does seem as though there is strong re-sale potential in Sibley for the future, which also ought to contribute something to his valuation if Derby are to sell him now.
Of course, it should also be remembered that Sibley still has four years remaining on his contract at Pride Park, meaning they are under no huge pressure to sell him any time soon, so they can pretty demand what they want for him here.
Right now? No.
Sibley is a good player and one that has plenty of talent and potential but this is a fair bit of money for a footballer who has only played a handful of Championship games, let’s not forget that.
I think he could become a Premier League player and Leeds might think it’s worth taking the punt before his value sky-rockets but is he worth this figure at the moment? I’d say no.
Valuations and what gets paid are usually different, though, and so whilst he might be worth realistically only £5m right now or something like that, Derby are going to want more to cover what he could become so that’s where the inflation comes from.
Leeds would be paying a premium for his potential, it’s a risk you always run when signing young players.
It’s a tough one.
Sibley obviously endured an excellent breakthrough season under Phillip Cocu towards the latter stages of the 2019/20 campaign, and he produced some excellent performances in wins over Blackburn Rovers and Millwall.
It has been a somewhat slow start to this season for the young midfielder, but he is an undeniable talent on the ball and his potential is sky-high, and given that he’s established himself as a key first-team player, his importance to the Rams is very high.
Considering the fact that Derby have just tied him down to a new four-year deal at Pride Park, the club won’t be in a rush to sell him anytime soon, and with another full season under his belt, his valuation is likely to rise and rise.
To Derby, he’s probably worth around £10million or maybe even more. Is he a £10million player, though? I don’t think so.