By Russell Edge

Newcastle United defender Florian Lejeune has been named in a study as the club’s most valuable player.

Carried out by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) and detailed on their Football Observatory website, the report uses a specially designed algorithm to judge the value of a player over several different elements.

CIES have rounded up the estimated value of each of the sides in Europe’s top five leagues, which has placed current Premier League leaders Manchester City top, with a total figure of £1.05billion (€1.2billion) set on their players, Kevin De Bruyne their star man at £127million (€145million).

Newcastle’s squad meanwhile have been handed a value of £173million (€197million), which ranks them as the 12th highest value team in the Premier League, behind the likes of Bournemouth and West Ham, and 38th in the entire study.

However it is centre back Lejeune, who was a summer signing from La Liga side Eibar, who is surprisingly named as the club’s most valuable asset at £15million (€17million), ahead of the likes of star men Jamaal Lascelles at £14.2m (€16m) and at £13.6m (€15.4m)

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The French defender has appeared in just five of the club’s 11 league matches this season, lining up alongside defensive stalwart and club captain Lascelles for each of the last four matches in place of Ciaran Clark, who has dropped to the bench.

In other Newcastle United news, Lejeune has blasted this “silly” Premier League star after his antics against the Magpies.

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