The Promoted

Can Teemu Pukki and Norwich’s attackers score goals for FPL managers?

It already looks as if Norwich City attackers have the potential to offer value in Fantasy Premier League next season.

Daniel Farke’s exciting and attractive style of football has paid dividends in the Championship this season and, given their defensive shortcomings, scoring goals will have to be the aim if they are to stay up at the first time of trying.

There has already been particular interest in options such as Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendía, so we’ve included them in our review over whether the Canaries can trouble Premier League defences next season.

What is Norwich’s goal-scoring potential?

Norwich’s incredible attack was a key reason for their 2018/19 title win

Norwich do look like the sort of team that can score goals in the Premier League in 2019/20. They finished their title-winning Championship season having found the net 93 times across 46 matches. That was the third-highest tally scored in the second tier of English football since it was rebranded as the Championship.

The two teams to have bested them in that department were Bournemouth (98) in 2014/15 and the Reading record-breakers (99) of 2005/06. Crucially, both of these teams went on to have encouraging debut campaigns in the top-flight, the Cherries ranking 12th for their 45 goals in 2015/16 and the Royals joint-sixth for their 52 in 2006/07. As Norwich are coming up with similar goal-scoring pedigree, we should not be surprised to see them finding the net next season.

We already know that Farke is keen on keeping the same possession-based style characterised by passing and movement when the Canaries come up into the Premier League. It was certainly effective in the Championship as the underlying statistics showed.

Only Brentford (12) and Leeds United (13.3) recorded more key passes per game than Norwich’s 11.4. Only Reading (10.1) bested their 9.2 dribbles per match and their technical ability ensured the Canaries were top for fouls won per game (14.3) too.

Of course, this also translated into impressive goal threat too as they were second only to Leeds (17.2) for their 15.4 shots per game, second only to Marcelo Bielsa’s men (nine) for their 8.7 shots in the box per game and top of the league for 5.5 shots on target per game.

Obviously, we can’t read too much into that data given that it was recorded against lesser opposition but Farke’s men have certainly demonstrated an ability to score against Premier League sides this season. They faced top-flight clubs twice in the League Cup, both away from home, netting three times at Cardiff in the second round and once at Bournemouth in the fourth.

Naturally, Carrow Road was where Norwich scored the majority of their league goals in 2018/19. They found the net 51 times in front of their own fans, at an average of 2.2 goals per game, the second-best in the league. Meanwhile, the Canaries were the top-scorers on their travels too, netting 42 times in 23 matches.

An area of concern for Norwich has been their penalty situation as they still don’t really have a recognised taker. They had a rotten campaign from the spot in 2018/19 with just one of their six penalties ending up in the back of the net and five missed.

Top-scorer Teemu Pukki took just one this season, which he missed, while Jordan Rhodes failed to convert either of the two he stood up for. Mario Vrancic was the only Norwich player to score a penalty this season, but he also missed one too. An injury for the Bosnian meant that Pukki and Marco Stiepermann took the next two and missed them both, although Farke praised the latter for what he showed in training from the spot, criticising him in equal measure.

“Marco has scored something like his last 25 in training and I was convinced he would score. To be honest, I am annoyed. We have missed so many in a row and then you are 2-0 down, a wet pitch and it should be a low penalty, not the height he hit it because it gives the goalkeeper a chance to save it.” – Daniel Farke

Pukki’s incredible scoring record might see Farke trust him with penalties in the Premier League, although for now it looks as Moritz Leitner could be the man to have a stab. After Pukki’s miss in November, he said he was next in line, although missed much of the rest of the campaign through injury.

“I’ll take it, that’s all I need to say. I think the next one I will take. In the national (youth) team I took penalties, and I also won the derby against Schalke when we won the Super Cup final (in a shoot-out), I scored my one.” – Moritz Leitner

In February, the Eastern Daily Press ran a poll on their website asking fans who they wanted to take the next Norwich penalty, here were the results at the time.

  • Teemu Pukki – 39%
  • Emiliano Buendía – 20%
  • Moritz Leitner – 18%
  • Onel Hernandez – 8%
  • Other – 7%
  • Tom Trybull – 3%
  • Timm Klose – 3%
  • Marco Stiepermann – 2%

Player-by-player

Teemu Pukki

Starts: 43 | Substitute appearances: 0 | Goals: 29 | Assists: 9

Teemu Pukki was one of the best Championship Golden Boot winners of recent years

The fact that Pukki managed to score 29 goals without contributing a single penalty indicates just how threatening he really is. The last player to win the Championship Golden Boot with more strikes than the Finnish international was Glenn Murray for Crystal Palace in the 2012/13 season, so he really has been a hugely impressive figure in the Football League in 2018/19.

Naturally, Pukki claimed a place in the Championship team of the season and also won FourFourTwo’s poll for best player in all of the EFL. The question now is, of course, can he still deliver in the Premier League?

Operating as the lone forward in a 4-2-3-1 system, he earned his 29 goals this season through impressive underlying statistics compared to the rest of the league. Pukki was joint-top for shots in the Championship this season with 144. Importantly, he was also shooting in the right place as nobody really came close to his 108 efforts in the box. That was 24 better than the next best in Brentford’s Neal Maupay. The Frenchman (63) and Aston Villa’s Tammy Abraham (61) were the only players to manage more on target than Pukki’s 57. He was also third for blocked efforts (43) behind only Tom Ince (45) and Joe Lolley (47).


Goals Total shots Shots in the box Shots on target
Teemu Pukki (18/19) 29 144 108 57
Matej Vydra (17/18) 21 74 44 32
Chris Wood (16/17) 27 106 67 44
Andre Gray (15/16) 25 109 75 42
Daryl Murphy (14/15) 27 164 124 66
Ross McCormack (13/14) 28 144 68 57
Glenn Murray (12/13) 30 108 87 61

Furthermore, Pukki compares very favourably against previous Golden Boot winners. Since Murray’s 30-goal campaign, only Daryl Murphy bested the Norwich man for shots or shots in the box, while only the Ipswich man and Murray registered more efforts on target than Pukki.

Fantasy managers will recognise several names from that table, notably, Murray, Andre Gray, Chris Wood and Matej Vydra, all of whom have played Premier League football since winning the Championship Golden Boot. With the exception of Vydra, they have all had some success as Fantasy assets in short spells, but it is worth pointing out that Pukki compares exceptionally well against their best second-tier seasons.


Minutes Mins per goal ⬇ Mins per chance Mins per shot in the box Mins per shot on target
Teemu Pukki 3820 131.7 26.5 35.4 67
Callum Wilson 2534 181 39 40.9 87.4
Glenn Murray 2512 193.2 46.5 49.3 119.6
Ashley Barnes 2386 198.8 36.7 44.2 79.5
Salomón Rondón 2608 237.1 29.3 38.4 96.6
Raúl Jiménez 3122 240.2 28.1 35.5 94.6
Josh King 2970 247.5 41.3 49.5 129.1
Troy Deeney 2547 283 39.8 53.1 84.9
Aleksandar Mitrovic 3281 298.3 25 34.2 69.8

He also matches up well when looked at in the same study as some Fantasy players from the 2018/19 campaign. We chose a selection of strikers priced initially under £7.0m this season, as we believe Pukki will be marked up at somewhere between £5.5m and £6.5m next year.

We obviously have to temper the conclusions here as the Norwich man has been facing easier opposition but, as you can see, Aleksandar Mitrovic was the only option with better minutes per chance. The Fulham forward was the only one to have better minutes per shot in the box too, while Pukki bettered all these options for minutes per shot on target and was streaks ahead for minutes per goal. Furthermore, he even boasted better minutes per big chance than Mitrovic, Murray, Josh King and Raúl Jiménez.

If you watched footage of just Pukki’s goals this season, it would be easy to think he was nothing more than a poacher, gobbling up the scraps and finishing off Norwich’s attacks. However, the fact that he also provided nine assists on the way to winning the Golden Boot indicates that there is certainly more to his game.

Birmingham’s Che Adams and Maupay were the only two Championship forwards to create more chances than Pukki this year while Lukas Jutkiewicz was the only second-tier striker to record more assists.

The combination of Pukki’s comparisons with former Golden Boot winners, current budget Fantasy options and his assist potential certainly indicate that he could offer some serious appeal in FPL. We may have to wait and see how quickly he is able to settle into the top-flight but it would not be surprising if he hit the ground running.

Emi Buendía

Starts: 35 | Substitute appearances: 3 | Goals: 8 | Assists: 12

Emi Buendía’s Premier League debut is already hotly anticipated

Scoring eight goals and assisting another 12, Emi Buendía has already become the most well-known midfield option for Norwich as they come up into the Premier League. The Argentinian, stationed on the right of the attacking midfield trio, has proved to be a revelation this season and has the potential to offer multiple avenues for points-scoring in the top-flight.

No Norwich player created more than his 91 chances in 2018/19, a total that was the third-best in the whole of the Championship. Only Sheffield United’s Oliver Norwood (97) and Pablo Hernández (122) fashioned more opportunities for their team-mates.

Buendía’s role in set-pieces has been a big part of that. The 22-year-old has taken more corners than any of his team-mates this season and was second only to Mario Vrancic for direct free-kicks.

The 22-year-old could also become a friend of the Bonus Points System (BPS) next year, given some of his other underlying data. No Norwich player won more tackles than him in 2018/19, his total of 64 proving 22 more than second-placed Max Aarons. Furthermore, Buendía was in the top five for recoveries (232).

The only thing worth tracking over the summer, for those intrigued by this midfielder, is the transfer interest in the player. His exceptional performances this year have attracted plenty of attention from bigger clubs and there will no doubt be rumours about his future. However, the Argentinian has, at least for now, nailed his colours to the mast, with his current contract running to 2022.

“I have a contract and it will be a dream to play in the Premier League. For my taste, it is the best league in the world, the most competitive. And it will be a pleasure to do it in Norwich, for the affection the people give us. It is a humble club, very familiar, people are super close and they helped me from the beginning. Our leaders do not want what happened to Fulham, who were promoted and spent £100m and went down. Norwich has already said that it will not spend £100m in the market. They are not going to do anything crazy with money.” – Emi Buendía

Marco Stiepermann

Starts: 39 | Substitute appearances: 4 | Goals: 9 | Assists: 6

Marco Stiepermann has had success as Norwich’s number 10 this season

Operating as the number 10 in Farke’s 4-2-3-1 system, Marco Stiepermann arguably has greater Fantasy potential than the more celebrated Buendía. The German has been described by the local press as the chief support for Pukki this season and one of the key reasons why the Finnish international did so well.

Stiepermann has proved very capable of involving himself in both goals and assists in 2018/19 with some impressive underlying statistics. Only Onel Hernández and Pukki managed more shots in the box than him this year. Also, while Buendía created more chances than Stiepermann, the German fashioned more big chances than his colleague.

Given how good his data was this season, especially in comparison to Buendía, Stiepermann was perhaps unfortunate not to involve himself in more than 15 goals. But given the quality of his performances, it does look as if he can give the Argentinian a run for his money in FPL 2019/20.

“I came here and said I was born to score goals! I know some fans were joking about it but I think I’ve proved some people what I’m able to do. I think I scored my last two or three goals outside the 18-yard box, I think I have a strong power shot.” – Marco Stiepermann

Onel Hernández

Starts: 34 | Substitute appearances: 6 | Goals: 8 | Assists: 9

Onel Hernández has done well this season but does have a few bad misses in him

Left-winger Onel Hernández is another Norwich midfielder with the potential both for goals and assists in the Premier League. Only Pukki and Buendía were involved in more goals than the Cuban this season, as he scored eight times and set up his team-mates on nine occasions.

His goal threat is clear, considering that Pukki was the only Canary to register more shots or more efforts in the box in 2018/19. Meanwhile, the Finnish international and Jordan Rhodes were the only two ahead of Hernández for big chances.

While the left-winger has done well in the title-winning season, he has come under some criticism for a lack of composure along the way. Hernández has been guilty of missing some of his big chances, and considering Norwich will definitely create fewer in the top flight, his wastefulness might prove an issue.

Mario Vrancic

Starts: 14 | Substitute appearances: 22 | Goals: 10 | Assists: 7

Mario Vrancic might slip under the radar for some but offers great potential from central midfield

Despite operating in a deeper midfield role in the 4-2-3-1 system, there is every chance that Mario Vrancic could also put himself in the Fantasy thinking in 2019/20.

The Bosnian international spent most of the 2018/19 out of the side, so has the potential to have slipped under the radar ahead of the new campaign.

In the end, Vrancic made just 14 starts after a string of substitute appearances but was crucial in the business end of the campaign.

In fact, only Pukki scored more Championship goals than the Bosnian among Norwich players in 2018/19.

From his limited minutes, that meant that Vrancic averaged a goal every 147.8 minutes, again Pukki the only Canary to better it this season.

As the only Norwich player to have scored a penalty in 2018/19, he also stands a chance of being the designated spot-kick taker when he makes his FPL debut.

Other options

The future of Sheffield Wednesday loanee Jordan Rhodes hangs in the balance currently

There are one or two other options that require some attention, but not on the same scale as the key players we have listed here.

Jordan Rhodes has spent most of the season in Pukki’s shadow, but his appearances at the start of the campaign showed he certainly had something about him.

At that time, Rhodes was leading the attack as the lone forward with Pukki behind him in the number 10 role and he scored in two of the first three games of the campaign. In fact, despite limited game-time, Rhodes still finished the season with the second-highest number of big chances.

However, he was at Norwich on loan from Sheffield Wednesday and his future currently hangs in the balance. There are suggestions that the Canaries may fork out to make his move permanent but he would likely only act as back-up to Pukki in the Premier League.

Todd Cantwell and Moritz Leitner represent the alternative options in attacking midfield, but they combined for just three goals and three assists in 2018/19.

Kenny McLean, Alex Tetty and Tom Trybull all had some success operating in holding midfield this season, but at this stage, it’s a little unclear which of them is the favourite to start there in the Premier League.

Trybull and Tetty both had just one league attacking return each in 2018/19 while McLean scored three goals and provided six assists in 15 starts.

59 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Printing Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Pukki 6.0 ?

    1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      That would be acceptable yes. 5.5 would be great value and 6.5 is too much for a promoted striker regardless of last season.

  2. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Buendía 5.5m with decent Fixtures, I’ll be tempted

  3. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Amazing how Norwich managed to find an almost equal midfield creator to Madisson after he left. Emi Buendia could be an absolute gem next season.

    Cheers for these articles, as always.

    1. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 17 days ago

      This, and a striker for free who ends up winning the golden boot and player of the season award.

      1. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Top notch scouting, that they have!

  4. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Pukki 29 scored without a pen, very promising. Good article, cheers!

    1. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Could be a good enabler, I'll most likely take a punt if the fixtures are kind.

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah good fixtures and if he’s kindly priced I’m sure he’ll be heavily backed.

  5. Jarvish Scott Talent
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Hope everyone else does load up with players from a team who are likely to get relegated 🙂

    1. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      It's always a risk starting with promoted players. So many with strong Championship stats struggle in the Premier League.

      It's probably best to start without, but then buy if they look good. Their cheap price makes it easy to transition to them, but harder to get rid.

    2. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Agreed.
      Going to be very difficult for Norwich to avoid the drop next year, Pukki has just had a stellar season, but at 29 it's the first time he's done so - did terrible at Schalke and Celtic, nothing suggests he'll cut it in the PL.

      Edna Stevens is the only promoted player I'm interested in.

    3. Depldax
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Hope they suprise you so you miss out on the points

  6. Make America Greta Again
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Thinking of the last Norwich striker I had: Robbie van Wolf whistle or something, couldn't score to save his life.

    1. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      He had good stats too. But I suppose if we want to afford Salah, Sterling, TAA and Robertson, we're going to need to gamble on one of these cheap promoted players.

      Salah and Sterling are probably the two best options from the the top 2 teams, so you'd want them for captaincy. And TAA and Robertson will probably be two of the best value players. TAA's ppg was at a 10.0m midfielder level last season, and he won't be priced near that. Essential for me.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        How do you see Gomez fitting into the Liverpool defence next season.
        Rival to TAA, or centre back partner with Van Dijk?

        1. Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Probably a partner to Van Dijk, but it depends on where De Ligt goes I guess.

          I thought TAA levelled up last season, I can't see him getting dropped.

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Thought De Ligt to Barca was pretty much done, which is a great shame, I'm a huge fan of his and would love to see him in the PL. 15 years from now, we'll be talking about him being the best ever.

            I also can't see TAA getting dropped. Just a slight concern that Liverpool may do a Spurs and get some decent cover to rotate both full backs this summer.

            1. Giggs Boson.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Would have been a dream if he went to United. He's a born leader, and won't get the chance to lead right away at Barca or Liverpool. No Champion's League hurts...

            2. Peter Ouch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Liverpool isn't interested anymore for de ligt and I think gomez has a lot to prove this year, he will be next to his good friend, vvd. Taa is a local lad that liverpool is already investing a lot on him as the next captain, so I dont see him dropped out. Only concern is his injuries

    2. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      He was expensive too from memory. But then anything over 5m would be a lot for his performance that year.

  7. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Is Pukki the most likely to be next year's Raul Jimenez? Can anyone think of someone else that could prosper - a striker that takes over from Murray for Brighton possibly?

    1. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Jimenez had the likes of Neves and Moutinho around him. They're on a different level.

      I doubt we'll see another Jimenez next season. Wolves were special.

    2. Andy'81
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      I really like Tammy Abraham, not sure which club it will be with but he should be in the EPL.

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Abraham is a good shout. He's really clinical and doesn't tend to get too involved in creating chances or build-up play, just scores a lot of goals.

        1. Andy'81
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          I thought he played well at Swansea so was surprised to see him drop down to the Championship this season, has been golden for Villa.

  8. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    If Deulofeu and Jota are listed as strikers next season, what price do you think they'll be given? Around 6.5 & 7.0m?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      7mils probably

    2. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      7m... close to Zaha/Arnie types of this year

    3. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      7m for Del would be a bit rough, especially as a forward.

  9. Vitamin C
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    BVB signed Thorgan Hazard for for £22.5m.For a PL club the price would be at least the double.....

  10. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Thinking to avoid heavy hitters strikers in the early stage so Pukki can be a great alternative.
    Top article once again

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Will probs go Vardy (9m) & play 5/4/1, heavy in Defence & Midfield tends to be best value for points per million

      1. _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Pukki could be golden, didn’t realise none of his 29 goals were penalties, mightily impressive

      2. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Decent plan, and then bench two cheap strikers I guess.
        Vardy can be amazing under Rodgers

        1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Good option and of course he's not too reliant on fixtures. Wonder when he will decline, you tend to think nippy strikers stop being quite so good at about 32 but perhaps he's an anomaly.

          1. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 17 days ago

            He wasnt a pro till his 25-26 si maybe that's why he is body can keep going, he had no pressure to perform in the early years so that's why he is still in great shape.
            And he is a set and forget for me cause fixtures dont seem to be affecting him.

        2. Ini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          I made a mental note of Leicester and how they ended the season. Very solid. Vardy can certainly be an option.

        3. _sidney_will
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          If players fall similar to this template I could have a 6m ST who rotates with the cheap DF, likely to be Pukki (Fixture dependent)

          4.5 4.0

          7.0 6.5 5.5 5.0 4.5

          12 11.5 8.5 7.0 4.5

          9.0 6.0 4.5

    2. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      He won't be. He will be rubbish like virtually all promoted forwards we think will tear it up.

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Pukey

    3. Ghost Gooner
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Hopefully the fixture list plays into our hands and one of City or Arsenal have tough opening fixtures like Arsenal had this season. This will buy you time to access him with the risk of falling behind being minimal

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Federico Gennarelli is an Italian sports journalist. Say no more. :).

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      There's a lot of talk about Guardiola to Juve in the Italian media. Not being taken seriously in England. Time will tell.

  11. Luka - Man Like Serbia
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    lol - according to The Evening Standard Man Utd "preparing" a £25 Million bid for our AWB, that just for one of his legs? what a joke. Someone not told Ed Woodward its 2019 😀

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      40m would be a snip, no chance Palace will sell for any less, reckon they’ll want 50m minimum

      1. Andy'81
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Not sure I'd be willing to pay Kyle Walker type money for AWB just yet.

      2. Luka - Man Like Serbia
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Yes thats more like it, we are under no pressure to sell, seems allot of clubs still think they can throw some crumbs at us to part with our best players like the old days. AWB has some of the best defensive stats in Europe last season, is young and on a long contract with us, going to take a insane bid to get him.

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 17 days ago

      40m is perfect for everyone involved imo.
      I really hope United land the beast !!

      1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        That's not perfect for us 😉

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Quite

          Not doing anything in the market last season has made us strong again. The only financial pressure at Palace is our wage bill and ffp - AWB isn’t a factor there. We can afford to hold out for someone prepared to pay next year’s price for him now.

          Can’t see anything happening for less than 50 mill

      2. Slouch87 Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        United are no longer a club which a player doesn't think twice about signing for. Would do him no good at all going to Old Trafford with the decline set to continue throughout next season.

  12. A Pain in Niasse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 17 days ago

    I will stay away from expensive forwards next season, and invest heavily in the midfield, instead. Vardy, Jiménez, and Pukki, are likely going to be my forwards.

  13. Aseel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Great article!
    Thank David!

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      OK!_Thanks David.

  14. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    If Farke continues to set them up as openly, they will be too busy getting battered for their attacking assets to flourish...will avoid for the first couple of GWs at least.

  15. JohnnyMagrinho
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Can't wait to see everyone blinded by the Champions of a vastly inferior league.
      Will be a huge gamble to back any of their strikers.

      Lesson learned from Dwight Gayle of yesteryear.
      That guy scored a ton of goals this season but if he was back in the Prem you wouldn't touch him with a barge pole.

      Norwich and Sheffield United will be favourites to go down next season and rightly so, especially if they don't invest wisely.

      Anything more than £5.5m for any of their attackers would be madness.

    • A Pain in Niasse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Tracking.