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Most Valuable XI Currently Playing in the Europa League

Arjun Singh Devgan
Harry Kane and Heung min-son are one of the best attacking partnerships in the world
Harry Kane and Heung min-son are one of the best attacking partnerships in the world / ANDY RAIN/Getty Images
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The Europa League returned back for the knockout fixtures, and while it is not the top competition in Europe, there are still some of the biggest European clubs taking part in the fixtures with a number of top players representing these clubs. As per Transfermarkt, here we take a look at the most valuable XI currently playing in the competition this season.

1. GK - Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) - €60m

Crvena Zvezda v AC Milan  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One
Crvena Zvezda v AC Milan - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One / Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

That Gianluigi Donnarumma has made more than 250 appearances for AC Milan at the tender age of 21, just goes to show how brilliant he has been for them, with the Italian touted as a future great. The youngster has registered eight clean sheets in 26 appearances in all competitions so far this season and has played a key role in their resurgence this campaign.

2. CB - Pau Torres (Villarreal) - €50m

Villarreal CF v Real Betis - La Liga Santander
Villarreal CF v Real Betis - La Liga Santander / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Pau Torres has emerged as one of the best young defenders in the world, with his brilliant performances attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid. The 24-year-old has already made seven appearances for Spain and is expected to become the backbone of their defence for years to come.

3. CB - Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) - €60m

SSC Napoli v Atalanta BC - Coppa Italia
SSC Napoli v Atalanta BC - Coppa Italia / Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

Kalidou Koulibaly has consistently remained one of the best defenders in Europe for sometime now, with the centre-back repeatedly being linked with a number of top clubs in Europe. At 29, he is not getting any younger with the Senegal international being touted to make the move away from Napoli come this summer.

4. RB - Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) - €40m

Manchester United v Everton - Premier League
Manchester United v Everton - Premier League / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has impressed everyone with his defensive nous for Manchester United since his move from Crystal Palace in 2019, and this season he has chipped in attack too, scoring two goals and providing three assists in all competitions this season. The 23-year-old will look to book a place in England's squad for the upcoming European Championships, and would look to end the season strongly.

5. LB - Theo Hernandez (AC Milan) - €50m

AC Milan  v FC Crotone - Serie A
AC Milan v FC Crotone - Serie A / Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

It came as a surprise when it emerged that Real Madrid let Theo Hernandez leave for AC Milan and his performances have shown that their loss has been the Italians gain, as he has been brilliant especially when it comes to attacking down the flanks. The Frenchman has scored an impressive 12 goals in 65 games for his side and looks likely that he will increase that tally in the near future.

6. CM - Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) - €50m

Leicester City v Brighton And Hove Albion: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
Leicester City v Brighton And Hove Albion: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Leicester City have a gem in the form of Youri Tielemans, with the youngster establishing himself as one of the best in his position not only in the Premier League but in Europe. A regular for both club and country despite being 23-years-old, the Belgian midfielder is attracting interest from the big guns thanks to his impressive performances.

7. CM - Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - €65m

Manchester United v Everton - Premier League
Manchester United v Everton - Premier League / Michael Regan/Getty Images

A player who divides opinion among the Manchester United faithful, Paul Pogba has remained inconsistent in his five seasons at Old Trafford. There is no doubt that on his day he is arguably the best midfielder in the world, but those days are looking increasingly far and few between in recent times.

8. CM - Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) - €90m

Real Sociedad v Manchester United  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One
Real Sociedad v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Bruno Fernandes has laid claim to be the best player in the Premier League and there is no doubt that he is United's talisman and is the one man that they look to for inspiration. The Portugal international has scored 33 goals in just 58 appearances for the Red Devils, with many likening him to Eric Cantona for the effect he has had on the side.

9. LW - Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) - €90m

Royal Antwerp v Tottenham Hotspur: Group J - UEFA Europa League
Royal Antwerp v Tottenham Hotspur: Group J - UEFA Europa League / John Berry/Getty Images

Son Heung-min has established himself as one of the best attacking players in the Premier League, with the South Korean icon not only scoring goals but also providing fellow team-mates with assists. At 28, many Tottenham Hotspur fans fears that he will look for a move away if the club fail to win a trophy of note this season.

10. RW - Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) - €80m

Real Sociedad v Manchester United  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One
Real Sociedad v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One / Chris Ricco/Getty Images

A player who has won hearts through his actions both on and off the pitch has been Marcus Rashford, who has been touted as a future England great by many. While he remains inconsistent at times, the 23-year-old has still managed to score 17 goals in all competitions this season.

11. ST - Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) - €120m

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Harry Kane has already achieved legendary status at Tottenham, with his numbers up there with the best and it is perhaps unfortunate that he has not won any trophy of note so far in his career. Like his fellow team-mate, Son, he is not getting any younger and might decide to leave the club in the summer if they fail to win silverware this season.

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