Without a shadow of a doubt, U23 goalkeepers are one of the most sought-after cards on Sorare.
And that is because of two reasons:
- they are literally hard to come by
- having a solid U23 allows you a great chance of success in the ultra-competitive Under 23 competition
Since there is a limited number of first-choice goalkeepers below the age of 23, they are some of the most expensive cards on the platform.
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If you don’t have megabucks to spend and yet want to have a goalkeeper with a huge chance of being the first-choice next season, stay with me for the next few minutes.
In this article, I present you with what I think are the top three picks of U23 goalkeepers that are still affordable but whose price is likely to increase considerably once the new season starts!
#1 Emre Bilgin
Emre Bilgin is one of two promising Turkish goalkeepers on the list that I think might have a really decent season in 23/24.
Bilgin is extremely highly-rated at his current club, Besiktas, and he made his first-team debut at the beginning of last season aged just 18.
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He was the second-choice keeper behind Ersin Destanoğlu at the start of the campaign but after a managerial change, Destanoğlu dropped to the bench in favor of the experienced goalkeeper, Mert Günok.
That meant Bilgin became a third-choice keeper, leading to a huge drop in prices on Sorare (as seen on SorareData). However, knowing how highly rated he is by Besiktas fans and the hierarchy of the club, I decided to invest in quite a few of his cards, including more than 10 Limiteds and one Rare.
To my delight, just a couple of weeks ago it has been announced that Bilgin will be loaned out to gain regular first-team experience at Besiktas’ Super Lig rivals, Fatih Karagümrük. His new team was leaking goals left, right, and center last season and he will be expected to vastly improve on the shocking number of goals conceded (63).
Because the season hasn’t begun and he hasn’t played his first game for the new team yet, his price is still super affordable considering his lengthy Under-23 utility (until 2028!) and a really high chance of being first-choice next season.
You will be also able to field Bilgin in your Challenger Europe line-ups.
At the time of writing, you can get his Limited card for around $15, while a Rare will cost you around $213.
I’m a holder of 15 Limited cards (some of them I bought for just $2!), and one Rare that I got for around $60. Safe to say, I will be keeping both scarcities for U23 utility next season.
And since I always try to stay true to my money-making strategies, and I also expect the price of Bilgin to increase by two-to-three times once the season starts and he’s in fact the first-choice keeper, I’m still waiting to sell the remaining cards to maximize my profit.
#2 Ersin Destanoğlu
We jump straight into the second goalkeeper from Besiktas, Ersin Destanoğlu.
Used to being a guaranteed starter and a part of a title-winning team from 2020-2021, Destanoğlu had to settle for a place on the bench after the arrival of manager Senor Gunes in November 2022.
He has grown a frustrated figure ever since and has openly admitted that both himself and the club have decided that a summer transfer is the only way for him to get regular first-team football. There is a very slim chance that he will still be at Besiktas at the time the transfer window closes.
Although he’s older than Bilgin (22), he still has 2 years of Under-23 utility in him. It’s still unclear whether he will be a Challenger or Champion Europe player next season.
So far, he’s been mostly linked with Belgian (Genk, Brugge) and French (Montpellier, Nice) teams. All the mentioned names are rather decent sides and I’m expecting Destanoğlu to kickstart his career after a nightmare season.
Because the transfer hasn’t materialized yet, his prices on the market are still super affordable. You can get his Limited card for around $19, while a Rare will set you back roughly $400.
I’m a holder of five Limited cards and just like in the case of Emre Bilgin, I’m still waiting for the perfect moment to sell (four of them). And that will probably be when his transfer is confirmed or even more so, when he starts his first game at the new club.
#3 Unai Marrero
Closing the list of affordable U23 goalkeepers (that might not be so affordable a few weeks from now) is Unai Marrero.
He’s an incredibly highly-rated Spanish goalkeeper who has spent his whole professional football career at Real Sociedad.
For the 2022/2023 campaign, Marrero advanced from Real Sociedad C to Real Sociedad B and he was one of the best-performing goalkeepers in the third tier of Spanish football, greatly contributing to the play-off place finish.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t help his side progress to the second tier where he would have guaranteed Sorare utility.
However, his outstanding performances for the most part of that season caught the eye of the first-team manager so much that he was often on the bench for their La Liga games.
Before the 2023-2024 season, Marrero was officially promoted to the first team and is now considered to be the second-choice keeper behind Alex Remiro.
Despite the promotion, the club is strongly considering loaning Marrero out to one of the clubs in the second division in order to gain first-team experience at a higher level than last year. Since La Liga 2 is covered by Sorare, that would mean guaranteed utility for the next season.
Even if the loan move doesn’t materialize, Marrero is considered the future of Real Sociedad and he’s expected to get game time one way or another next season.
Of all the three goalkeepers discussed in the article, he’s by far the most affordable and thus can deliver the biggest profit once he starts his first game. The current prices are as follows: $4,50 for Limiteds & $85 for Rares.