Having looked at the European Club Rankings table and the teams left in European competition, we turn our attention to the top ranked leagues in Europe. I thought, given all the transfer speculation beginning at the moment, like our links to 25-year-old (26 in April) Moussa Marega playing in Portugal, that knowing where the various leagues were ranked might give some perspective to the quality of the opposition.
The top tier leagues have always been regarded as England, Italy, Germany, Spain and France. However, a look at the rankings and we see France have slipped into sixth place, having been overtaken by Portugal.
Apart from Hugo Lloris there is the impression that the young players coming out of France are not holding their own in the Premier League, at least not in the top echelons of it. Anthony Martial is not a first choice at Manchester United, Clinton N'jie was loaned back to France and his replacement Georges-Kevin N'Koudou has fared little better, perhaps even worse.
The table would suggest that the gap between the French league and the Premier League has grown and that players are having to make a greater leap to succeed, which in turn carries greater risk that they will fail to do so.
We rarely see players from Russia or the Ukraine so it is then left to searching for players from ninth ranked Holland and 10th ranked Belgium.
Given that these ranking come from a French football website EuroTopFoot they are worrying for players in Ligue 1 looking for moves to the money-laden Premier League.
Eurotopfoot League Ranking
Last update : 16/03/2017
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