Bukayo Saka the BEST U21 star in Europe with Arsenal buddy Gabriel Martinelli 14th but Jude Bellingham is incredibly low

ARSENAL star Bukayo Saka is currently the BEST U21 star in Europe.

That’s according to the CIES Football Observatory, which also has Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham shockingly low on the list.

The group have scoured 32 European leagues this season in search of the continent’s best young ace.

They used various criteria to compile a table of the 100 best U21 players, including prowess with the ball, work rate, tackling and shooting.

And it was Arsenal favourite, Saka, who took first place.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past few years, becoming an important figure for club and country.

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Saka has 10 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season.

And he is now tipped for a starting role when England take part in the Qatar World Cup in December.

However, Bellingham, another Three Lions star, is only 24th on the list.

The 18-year-old has already played 84 times for German giants Borussia Dortmund.


And he is also in the running for World Cup stardom following his man of the match performance in England’s 3-0 win over Ivory Coast.

But despite his breakthrough, Bellingham is quite far down the CIES hierarchy.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise moved up to fifth after the Eagles climbed up the table under Patrick Vieira.

Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli is 14th after reclaiming his place alongside Mikel Arteta.

And there are two inclusions for Southampton in Armando Broja and Valentino Livramento.

Elsewhere, Wolves’ Rayan Ait Nouri, Watford’s Joao Pedro, Leicester’s Luke Thomas and Norwich’s Billy Gilmour are among the top 50.

Finally, Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood is second, despite not having played since January after being arrested and questioned by police on suspicion of rape, GBH, sexual assault and death threats.

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Last week he was seen in public for the first time since being released on bail pending further investigation on February 2.

Greenwood is still receiving his £75,000-a-week salary from Utd pending the outcome of any criminal proceedings.

Mary I. Bruner