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Aston Villa return to FPL after play-off final win

Aston Villa will return to the Premier League in 2019/20 after winning the Championship play-off final on Monday afternoon.

The Villans, managed by Dean Smith, beat Derby County 2-1 with goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn.

They join Norwich City and Sheffield United in the top-flight for 2019/20, who secured their passage through the automatic promotion positions.

Following relegation in 2015/16, Aston Villa endured three seasons in the second-tier of English football.

But they will be back on FPL once again this summer.

At this early stage, it is difficult to tell exactly who will be the key Fantasy assets.

For example, Tammy Abraham finished the season as Villa’s top goal-scorer in the league having found the net 25 times.

However, it is currently uncertain where he will be playing his football in 2019/20.

Abraham has been on loan at Villa Park from Chelsea this year and could be back at Stamford Bridge by August.

Maurizio Sarri’s Blues are currently under a transfer embargo and will be unable to sign any players in the summer transfer window.

Therefore, they may require Abraham’s services in 2019/20.

“You can never say never (about coming back to Aston Villa). First of all, I’ve got to enjoy it with the boys tonight, you know. But you can never say never. We’ll see what God has planned for me.” – Tammy Abraham

However, Abraham is not the only Aston Villa player to have achieved promotion as a loanee.

El Ghazi was a star performer in the play-off final as he scored the opening goal and provided the assist for the second.

He has been on loan at Villa from Lille this season so will need to have his situation sorted in the coming months.

At the other end of the pitch is centre-back Tyrone Mings who has been on loan from Bournemouth.

Axel Tuanzebe and Kortney Hause have also been on loan from the top-flight, from Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.

In the next few days, we will have more information on Villa manager Dean Smith as well as some data on the key assets in both defence and attack.

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  1. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    How much for Gabby Agbonlahor ?

  2. Amey
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Congratulations to the Villa supporters !!

    1. Mysterion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Cheers... he's still got it
      https://twitter.com/Guaje7Villa/status/1132635279284510720

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 27 days ago

        😀

  3. Newcastle: what's needed for next season?
    Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Who do Newcastle sign first? Man city’s newborn cousin. Improvements needed up front, on the wing, in midfield and at full backs. A strong young core to begin with and one big statement signing to come

    This could be our chance to have bale back in our FPL teams what a perfect signing that would be to start it all off, Man City Robinho style

    1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Just read about this. Guess they won't be signing Rondon then 🙂

      Have to say, its exciting and everything, but I hate it when new money is the reason for a shake up. Sad that ordinary working class fans have to hope that a rich oil magnate buys their team to get anywhere whilst their own lives are sucked down the toilet by austerity and such.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Seems unlikely lol.
        Corbyn is on the march now if the rest of the English working class are serious about their dissatisfaction then they’ll give up on the party without a manifesto and turn to the only man who genuinely wants to help them

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Loooool

        2. Mull
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Hi Diane.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Would be much better off signing players like Sancho, AWB, Creswell, Rice, Brooks, Sessegnon etc. IMO with someone else like a Zaha.

      Build up a good core of youngsters who can develop together. Then as you climb the leagues replace players like Zaha with better players.

      1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        OK Jurgen .

    3. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Would Bale come along with his medical staff ?

      1. Vardy McVAR Farce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Top Global Golf Earners ...

        1) Tiger Woods
        2) Justin Rose
        3) Bale

    4. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Mashley is a bit of a shrewd mover isn't he? Probably fake news to speed up the other bids.

    5. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      I'm not getting carried away yet, we've been here before. My take on any club outside the top 6 having a new owner is that the club needs to build a strong core before splashing serious cash. The last 2 pl teams to be successfully bankrolled are City and Chelsea. Look at the core both teams had.
      Chelsea: Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Ivanovic, Lampard, Drogba.
      City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Yaya, Silva, Aguero.

      These 6 players were the backbone of the team with other players filling in other positions. Bear in mind, both the above teams have had plenty of big money moves that haven't worked out but the strong core carried the team through.

      The opposite is what Fulham did this season. Spent 100m on a ton of players and no cohesion between them. New owners need to be patient and let the team possess a few leaders who will stay at the club before expecting to compete with the big boys

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        In answer to your question, I think all positions aside from GK and CB can be seriously improved, but I'd prefer gradual change.

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        City got taken over in 2008. They did not win the title until 2012.

        Just because you have money does not mean the big players come to you. You have to climb the mini-leagues in the PL. First get into the mid-teams league (Leicester, Everton, Wolves). Then into the good teams league (Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs). Then the elite league (Man City, Liverpool).

        It might take quite a lot of player turnover to get there although I agree with you on having some young core players to build around.

        Look at City - they had Robinho, Elano, Sturridge, SWP, Dunne in 2008/09. When they won the title in 2011/12 this had switched to Aguero, Silva, Balotelli, Toure, Lescott.

    6. The Rumour Mill
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Wouldn't this hot topic make much more sense if anything had actually happened? I think its far more likely than not that the deal falls through at this stage.

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Yes, of course! But as it hasn't happened, I figured it would be worthwhile thinking about the kind of players Newcastle need to sign - that's valid whether or not this deal goes through or doesn't

        1. The Rumour Mill
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          But there's a world of difference in the players they would target depending on whether they are under new ownership or not. The OP was talking about Gareth Bale, whereas if there's no new ownership they'll be looking at trying to get Rondon to sign permanently. Those 2 players are worlds apart in terms of profile, transfer fee, abilities and wages.

          1. Geoff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 26 days ago

            Yeah, definitely

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 25 days ago

            Arguably Rondon is more likely under new ownership - he hardly fits the Ashley model

  4. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Kane’s recovery is ‘ahead of schedule’ Sounds familiar

  5. Vitamin C
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    2 players of AV that i really appreciated,were Martin Laursen & Olof Mellberg.

    1. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Savo Milosevic

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Tony Daley

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Ugo Ehiogu

    3. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Darius Vassell.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Ashley young & James Milner

      Fond memories of Young missing a pen as captain years ago - a nice -4 points instead of +10 & baps

      Good times

      Laursen was a beast - great cheap goalscoring FPL defender in the Martin O’Neill glory years

    5. MeatPieSausageRoll
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Medina and Arc

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        5 months, 27 days ago

        *Arca

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      John Carew legend

    7. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Bunch of amateurs, no mention of Richard Dunne.

    8. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Stilliyan Petrov will always have my respect. Absolute leader.

    9. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Tony Morley and Colin Gibson.

  6. Deulofail
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Next season on Fantasy Football Scout

    There will be a new paragraph

    Every few words.

    You may even have to pay

    Membership

    To read a full

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Members should be given access to versions of articles that don't contain errors.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Bold suggestion. Lets see how that one turns out Cotton.

    2. WE ARE RANGERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      The info on this site is amazing. Non members got loads of info from FFS employees for free! Members get even more for a very minimal fee, very minimal.

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Hi Geoff.

        1. Geoff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Burner accounts are so useful 👀

          1. Deulofail
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Hi Epic Fail

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Hi Daniel

              1. Mysterion
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 26 days ago

                oh

                hai

                Mark

  7. Yippeekiyay Mertersacker
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Who's the best non-British/Irish player to have played in the Premier League NOT for a current top 6 side?

    For me it's Juninho (Middlesbrough);

    but honourable mentions also go to: Paulo Di Canio (Sheffield Wednesday/West Ham), Tim Cahill (Everton), Tony Yeboah (Leeds), Yakubu Ayigbeni (Everton/Middlesbrough/Portsmouth) Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton) and Mark Viduka (Leeds/Middlesbrough).

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Riyad Mahrez for me, PFA POTY in a team that against all odds won the League

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Faustino Asprilla
      Fabrizio Ravanelli
      Georgi Kinkladze

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Oh, ignore Kinkladze. He played for Man City when they were crap, but it's still Man City.

        1. McEwan
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          He was a player I was thinking of earlier when I was thinking of more reasons to root against Derby. Celtic were linked with him for what seemed like every season at city and more so Ajax and ended up with Derby

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Derby have had some decent players over the years somehow.

            Paulo Wanchope was like Carlton Palmer with skills.

            1. McEwan
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Yeah, he was magic. Another one blocked to this list by City!

              Stimac at the back but especially Asonovic. Some player. I always give extra bias towards left footers

        2. Yippeekiyay Mertersacker
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Kinkladze was an amazing player and can be an exception in the circumstances... I just said non top 6 to make the answers more interesting and less obvious; he fits on both counts!

    3. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Tugay

      1. McEwan
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Some player. Another one that was brilliant in Scotland, showcased his ability to a wider audience in the epl.

    4. McEwan
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      For production in the league and the criteria, you’ve nailed a good few of the names that spring to mind. Payet was quality to watch.

      It terms of career players, Hierro and some of the boro players around that time, Ravanelli, Karembeu, Boksic

      1. Yippeekiyay Mertersacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Payet and Ravanelli I both like... especially Payet who scored me quite a few happy points in FPL!

        1. McEwan
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Quite a hard list to get onto. Like most leagues, anyone with real promise ends up towards the top end. Hence having to go back a fair while or look at some players at their end of careers, great looking back at some of them

    5. Andy'81
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Tino Asprilla
      He's not from Argentina
      He's been in Jail
      He drinks Brown Ale

      His hat trick against Barcelona is a fond memory.

    6. MeatPieSausageRoll
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Dwight Yorke before he came to Utd. Edwin Van Der Sar before he came to Utd. Luke Shaw before he came to Utd.

    7. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Hatem Ben Arfa
      Kasper Schmeichel
      Henry

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Arsenal finished 5th 🙂

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Theres only one Henry

          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Go on...

            1. noquarternt
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Camara

            2. Ginkapo FPL
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 26 days ago

              Every United fan should know their North London teams. These are your local teams and in this case the home of quite a few United rejects.

              1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                5 months, 26 days ago

                Joke’s on you because DC United are my local team.

                1. Mysterion
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 26 days ago

                  Must be one hell of a trip from Texas to DC to watch your local team 😉

    8. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Mendieta

    9. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Jaaskelainen and Friedel were seriously underrated.

    10. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Di canio purely because I watched him never knowing what would happen.
      That was true of his some time strike partner wanchope - but for different reasons!

    11. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Guy Demel

  8. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Aston Villa

    Another team bank rolled by a foreign monarchy

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      The tone makes it sound like an insult, but you're a City fan.

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        You would only be insulted your name use to be Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 😉

  9. ragsyboys
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Can anyone tell me if south africa in first round of world cup fantasy can be considered to be having double gw since they have 2 matches in first round ? Is it ideal to captain on of their players to get double points ?

  10. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Why the F are Japan and Qatar playing in the Copa America? I mean I read they are special invitees to make up 12 teams, but why only them? Any insights on what criteria did they use for extending invites?