Pre-Season

The best budget FPL midfielders for 2020/21

We turn our attention to budget midfielders as we continue to trawl through the Fantasy Premier League price list and pick out the names to consider – and avoid.

Having already looked at budget goalkeepers, mid-price/premium goalkeepers, budget defenders and mid-price/premium defenders, we switch our focus to options further up the pitch in the £4.5m-£5.0m bracket.

There is the usual mix of defensive midfielders, deep-lying playmakers, reserves, academy products, assets from the newly promoted clubs and the odd attack-minded player to consider in this tier.

We will cover £5.5m options in our look at mid-price midfielders, given that 84 assets fall within the £4.5m-£5.0m price range alone.

The £4.5m Bench Fodder Options

The primary function of a £4.5m midfielder is to be an emergency option on our benches, to be ready to come in for a two-point (or better) return when rotation, injury and/or suspension bites hard.

The first requirement of such a player is that he is a semi-reliable starter.

That immediately rules out a large number of Fantasy assets, although pre-season is yet to start in earnest and we may well see a surprise name emerge from this bargain bin of players: Todd Cantwell was a fine example of this in 2019/20.

Security of starts is not something we associate with Brighton and Hove Albion assets under the ever-tinkering Graham Potter but Yves Bissouma (£4.5m) does leap out at first glance, having played a prominent role and looked in excellent form in the Seagulls’ run-in.

Bissouma started 10 of Albion’s final 12 fixtures, coming off the bench in the other two matches, and was one of just two FPL midfielders who are now priced up at £4.5m who scored a Premier League goal last season.

Little to concern defences of Liverpool and Burnley after bore draw at Brighton

Bissouma loves a pop from distance but just two shots in the box all season highlights his limitations and the same applies to teammate Dale Stephens (£4.5m), who has scored one goal in three years.

Stephens started 28 Premier League games in 2019/20 (the most of the current crop of £4.5m midfielders) although only 12 came from Gameweeks 17-38 as he became a bit of a rotation risk himself.

The pre-season friendlies will be worth keeping an eye on, to see how Stephens, Bissouma and the fit-again utility man Steven Alzate (£4.5m) are faring for minutes under their unpredictable head coach.

Staying on the south coast, the departure of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£5.0m) may well open up a first-team slot for one of Oriel Romeu, Will Smallbone or Harrison Reed (all £4.5m) alongside James Ward-Prowse (£6.0m) at the base of the Southampton midfield.

Romeu was more heavily involved in the run-in, starting seven of Saints’ nine matches after lockdown and encouragingly creating three big chances, although has racked up over ten times as many bookings as attacking returns over the last five seasons.

Reed is one to watch if he makes a permanent move back to Fulham, where he spent last season on loan, although again, no shots in the box in 2019/20 encapsulates his lack of goal threat.

Organised Palace defence stops Watford replicating Liverpool display

It’s slim pickings elsewhere, with Marvelous Nakamba (£4.5m) and James McCarthy (£4.5m) the only other midfielders in this price rung who hit double figures for Premier League starts in 2019/20.

Neither player is considered anywhere near ‘nailed’ at the time of writing though (Nakamba started just once after lockdown, McCarthy on four occasions) and the pair didn’t manage a goal or assist between them last season.

The six assets from the newly promoted clubs were either back-ups or sent out on loan in 2019/20, although Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) was a big-money signing when Fulham were last in the top flight and it remains to be seen if Parker has any plans to reinstall him as a ball-carrier in midfield after a decent year with Villarreal in Spain.

Of the remaining players we haven’t discussed, only Anthony Gordon (£4.5m) and Jairo Riedewald (£4.5m) racked up more than 200 minutes of Premier League football in the campaign just gone.

Gordon is one to monitor given that he’s possibly the most attack-minded of all the assets at this price point, with the teenage winger appearing in every one of Everton’s nine post-lockdown fixtures and starting four of them.

The young midfielder provided an assist in the 2-1 win over Leicester City, creating a modest six chances in his 11 appearances last season.

NEWLY PROMOTED £5.0m OPTIONS

Moving up a tier, we begin our examination of £5.0m midfielders with a rundown of the options from Premier League new boys West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Fulham.

While Kyle Edwards (£5.0m) and Sam Field (£5.0m) may struggle for game-time, Romaine Sawyers (£5.0m) and Jake Livermore (£5.0m) ought to be names to count upon for minutes in 2020/21, providing Albion don’t dip into the transfer market.

Both were regulars at the base of the Baggies’ midfield in their promotion-winning campaign, with Livermore the more likely to grab a goal – although neither player is a real attacking menace.

You can read in-depth reports on these two players by clicking here.

Not one of the six Fulham midfielders priced up at £5.0m started more than 20 of the Cottagers’ 46 Championship games, with big-money signing Jean Michael Seri (£5.0m) spending the year on loan at Galatasaray and thought to be keen on a permanent switch to Turkey.

Two to watch in pre-season are free-kick specialist Neeskens Kebano (£5.0m) and Josh Onomah (£5.0m), who ended 2019/20 in favour with their manager after stop-start campaigns.

The pair were deployed out wide and in the number ten role respectively towards the end of the regulation season and both players started all three play-off matches, although it remains to be seen if they will retain their starting berths when Fulham make the step-up in class.

You can read much more on both players and the Cottagers’ midfield in our stand-alone piece here.

Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips (£5.0m) is a name worth mentioning at this price point.

A defensive midfielder by trade, an accumulator of yellow cards and posing very little goal threat from open play (he registered only one shot in the box all season), his big draw is his set-piece expertise.

No Leeds player took more corners or directs free-kicks in 2019/20 and while he only registered two assists, he created 68 chances in the Whites’ title-winning campaign.

A regular when fit, Phillips is said to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury and could be fit for Gameweek 1.

With Jamie Shackleton (£5.0m) mostly a back-up, Jay-Roy Grot (£5.0m) likely surplus to requirements and the injury-prone Adam Forshaw (£5.0m) still working his back to fitness after a long-term lay-off, Tyler Roberts (£5.0m) is the best of the rest at Elland Road.

Often used in an attacking midfield role to spare the ageing Pablo Hernandez‘s (£6.0m) legs, Roberts could even get the odd ‘out of position’ run-out up front – although a lack of guaranteed pitch-time is the obvious drawback.

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You often get what you pay for in FPL, especially when it comes to players from the ‘big six’ clubs.

There isn’t really a stand-out name at £5.0m from these teams, with the penalty-taking Jorginho having seemingly fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea.

The Italian’s teammate, N’Golo Kante (£5.0m), ought to be a reliable starter when fit, at least, and will pop up with the odd goal or two whenever he’s not on the treatment table.

Gabriel Martinelli (£5.0m) is a long-term absentee and Matteo Guendouzi (£5.0m) and Lucas Torreira (£5.0m) are thought to be surplus to requirements at Arsenal, while Joe Willock (£5.0m) was mostly an impact substitute last season and will likely be relying on inactivity from the Gunners in the transfer market to build on his eight league starts in 2019/20.

Across north London, new signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£5.0m) is expected to be the chief ball-winner in the Spurs midfield next season.

A total of 46 shots without success in his final year at Southampton does suggest his four-goal tally in 2018/19 was a one-off, however.

Gedson Fernandes (£5.0m) has been used at right-back in pre-season, so it remains to be seen if he is a mere placeholder for Serge Aurier (£5.5m) or a new arrival if the Ivorian departs.

At Manchester United, Nemanja Matic (£5.0m) and Scott McTominay (£5.0m) may be locked in a two-way tussle for a central midfield spot, with the Scotsman more of a goal threat than his teammate, especially from set plays – although that isn’t saying much.

TOP-HALF OPTIONS

Defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) is a reliable starter in the Leicester side when fit but, although he registered more headed attempts from set plays than anyone else in this article in 2019/20, can’t be relied upon for more than a couple of goals a season.

Jack Cork (£5.0m) – who didn’t register a single attacking return in the campaign just gone – guarantees minutes and little else when available for Burnley and may even miss the start of the campaign, with Josh Brownhill (£5.0m) the likely beneficiary if Sean Dyche doesn’t dip into the transfer market.

Jorginho aside, we do have a handful of penalty-taking assets available at this price point.

Oliver Norwood (£5.0m) is one of them, although he was only given one opportunity from the spot in 2019/20.

The Sheffield United midfielder created more chances than any of his teammates last season, with his share of corner-taking duties boosting his key pass count.

The other (presumed) regular for the Bladesmen at this price is Sander Berge (£5.0m), who started all but one of his side’s ten post-lockdown matches.

The club-record signing managed only four shots and two chances created in that time, however, so doesn’t immediately leap off the page.

Finally, one of last season’s budget gems, Leander Dendoncker (£5.0m), has been handed a price rise of half a million ahead of 2020/21.

Five benchings in the last 14 matches suggests a degree of rotation risk but he nevertheless featured in every single league fixture for Wolves last season and his goal count (four) wasn’t bettered by any current FPL midfielder in the sub-£5.5m bracket.

The Best – and Worst – of the Rest

Arguably the most appealing £5.0m midfielders can be found in east London, which is sod’s law as West Ham United have arguably the toughest run of fixtures from Gameweeks 1-8.

Declan Rice (£5.0m), if he stays with the Hammers, didn’t miss a single minute of league football in 2019/20 and, somewhat surprisingly given his role as defensive midfielder, registered more assists last season than anyone else in this article.

Mark Noble (£5.0m) is on penalties and ended last season in a more advanced midfield role, remarkably creating more chances than any other Premier League player bar Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) in the final four Gameweeks.

Proving to be more popular than them both and indeed any other £5.0m-rated midfielder, however, is Tomas Soucek (£5.0m).

The Czech international scored on three occasions after lockdown, which no other midfielder now available at this price could better.

He also couldn’t be bested for goal attempts, shots in the box, efforts on target, big chances and headed chances among players in this piece from Gameweeks 30+ to 38+ and he looked a real threat from set plays after his arrival.

Like Noble, Matt Ritchie (£5.0m) is also presumed to still be on penalties.

The Newcastle United winger was reclassified as a Fantasy midfielder upon the FPL relaunch but still looks appealing at his price point, given that he also takes plenty of free-kicks and corners.

The Scotland international had hit double figures for attacking returns in each of the three seasons before 2019/20, a campaign that was ravaged by injury.

Two goals and an assist after lockdown hinted at his potential and it’ll be worth monitoring the incomings and pre-season friendlies on Tyneside this summer to see if Rtichie is still a regular come Gameweek 1, as he offers more than defensive midfielder Isaac Hayden (£5.0m) at the same price.

Brighton’s three £5.0m midfielders are potentially too risky at this stage given the wealth of options Potter has in the middle of the park, especially as Bissouma is available for half a million cheaper.

Even Aaron Mooy and Davy Propper (both £5.0m), hitherto regulars, warmed the bench on a combined seven occasions after lockdown.

Few will be interested in Crystal Palace and Everton’s central midfielders at £5.0m, either, with game-time not even assured for the likes of Fabian Delph and Cheikhou Kouyate.

Douglas Luiz (£5.0m) was one of Villa’s form players in the run-in, starting every single match from Gameweek 25 onwards.

The defensive shield loves a shot from distance and chipped in with five attacking returns in 2019/20 but, like so many other options in this piece, he’s someone who would have been a well-owned fifth midfielder at £4.5m but will no doubt be mostly overlooked because of that extra half a million.

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1,204 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bambi
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Controversial opinion - Werner is a trap and Kane is the real deal. Cash cow, easier to downgrade/side grade, penalties, talisman

    1. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      My opinion is that it's impossible to tell whether Werner will be a trap or not

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      he will probably do quite well but I can't get my head around people thinking he is some sort of bargain, more expensive than Martial, Jimenez and Ings and only 1m off Aguero, yeah I'll pass

    3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Have both 🙂

    4. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Your reasoning is poor.

      Why is cash cow at the top of the list? So Kane is better because he costs more?
      Penalties...yawn. The most overrated factor. And you're assuming Werner isn't on penalties based on what?
      Talisman. Again, why wouldn't Werner be?

  2. inactive
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Presume Maguire may miss a few GWs? Time to invest in United defence.

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Hehe

    2. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Lindelol and Bailly partnership LOL

    3. Eastman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      May be a prison sentence. Attempted bribery not a light conviction but will no doubt appeal.

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        "Don't you know who I am?" Lol, what an idiot.

  3. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Werner *and* Zyiech too much or powerful?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Had that for a while, but decided to go with Son over Ziyech.

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I bet there will be time I'll have Zyech, Pulisic and Werner at the same time. For the start (two away and Liverpool) I think one is enough.

      1. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Chelsea have
        GW30: WBA
        GW34: FUL

        Could be tempting for WC/FH teams if either have awful defences

        1. Leaf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Now that’s preplanning

          1. Gomolon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            The Magnus Carlsen school of FPL lol

  4. beric
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Scumbag footballer thinks he's above everyone, throws his weight around, tries to buy himself out of it.

    Hope he gets a real punishment

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yeah but Albanians...

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Crawl back under your bridge.

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Hahaha you what

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          What's a "real" punishment, in your mind?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            What would happen to you in the same situation.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 year, 3 months ago

              How do we know the situation wasn't fabricated *because* it was Harry Maguire, and not me?

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 year, 3 months ago

                We don’t and it’s not up to us to decide.

                He’s guilty of these crimes in the eyes of the court.

                1. mynameisq
                  • 8 Years
                  1 year, 3 months ago

                  What do you think of OJ

                  1. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 year, 3 months ago

                    Always preferred apple.

                    1. mynameisq
                      • 8 Years
                      1 year, 3 months ago

                      And sidestepping

                      1. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 year, 3 months ago

                        How is OJ in anyway relevant? Would you just bring that up whenever you disagree with an outcome?

                        Do you question it because it’s a foreign country? It’s a court of law in an EU nation.

                      2. mynameisq
                        • 8 Years
                        1 year, 3 months ago

                        I'm not disagreeing with the outcome, I'm just not 100% agreeing with it and willing to condemn someone either because well I mean OJ is a clear example that the law doesn't always magically get things right, so seems pretty relevant

                2. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  1 year, 3 months ago

                  I commented on this post because Beric had certainly decided.

          2. Burton
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            It doesn't seem much of a deterrant to punish attempted bribery of police with a fine.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 year, 3 months ago

              But to no-ones surprise, that is what it will be. Behind the scenes, a massive amount of money will be paid and Maguire will return to the UK.

              1. beric
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 year, 3 months ago

                Well exactly, dont you think, zince he has been found guilty, he should be punished as someone who cant just buy themselves out of problems would be?

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  1 year, 3 months ago

                  His punishment should be proportionate to the crime committed. I wouldn't want a justice system that altered the punishment for people with more money.

                  1. beric
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 year, 3 months ago

                    So we agree with each other

                  2. Brosstan
                    • 7 Years
                    1 year, 3 months ago

                    And flat fines that aren't based on net worth or income are less severe for people with more money...

  5. Z
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Hmmm...Saliba start game

  6. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    But Klopp confirmed post-match that Van Dijk is not expected to suffer any lasting effects.

    “Virg only looks like he has a piercing now and has a plaster on it. It should not be, and is, no problem,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com. “In the moment it is of course not cool but there will not be a problem.”

    1. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Virgil got a septum piercing? Hipster.

  7. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Which option of the two looks better?

    A) Maddison, Armstrong, Werner, Kane
    OR
    B) Pereira, Mane, Mitrovic, Ings

    Already have Ziyech & Son.

    1. Bumbaclot
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A

  8. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Choose:

    A) Bruno & Mitro
    B) Ziyech & Martial

    1. Bumbaclot
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Cheers!

        It saves me 0.5m too which means I won't need to have 2 x 4.0m defenders.

    2. Hughes the Daddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      B

    3. UnluckyXI
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A because both of those are clear starters, IF Chelsea sign havertz their attack will be a minefield to predict:

      Ziyech, mount, pulisic, Hudson odoi, havertz

  9. Bumbaclot
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    A. Pieters/Bruno/kdb/Adams

    Or

    B. Vvd/aubs/armstrong/Jimi

    With they blanks out of the equation.

    Thanks guys

  10. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Maguire found guilty

  11. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Considering a -4 in GW 2 .
    Salah, Mitrovic >> Fernandes, Martial.

    1. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Why would you *plan* a -4 so early in the season?

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        its better than planning a WC in GW 2.
        Getting United players in early could be worth 4 points.

        1. Gomolon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Keep a UTD player on the bench GW1? Save a FT and a WC that way

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Salah & Mitro have good fixtures long term though.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I dont want Salah long term.

        1. Indpush
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Earlier thought you said you will be trying to avoid taking hits. After this one no more until week 3 at least? 🙂

    3. UnluckyXI
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not sure why you'd keep Mitro for one game when it's against Arsenal who've been better defensively since Arteta and have signed more CBs.

  12. moz_1983
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Really hoping Brewster gets a loan to a Premier League side now, he's on 3 goals in 2 games for Liverpool.

    Any teams short up front? Leeds maybe?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Loads - Villa, Palace, Leeds, WBA, Newcastle

  13. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Haller anyone?

    1. milanista10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      You reckon he starts & Antonio shifts back to the wing?
      I’m seriously into Bowen (wish the fixtures were a bit better though)

  14. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Harry Maguire when he escapes prison. Slabshank Redemption

    1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Luke Shaw-shank Redemption?

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Cool Hand Luke

      2. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Shaw's (Lamb)Shank Consumption

    2. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      The Greenwood Mile?

    3. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Cool Hand Luke Shaw?

    4. Tigers Time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      He had a tunnel named after him in the Great Escape

    5. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Bird-Man U of Alcatraz

    6. Sloths
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Slabion

    7. Bob Vrabkab
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      In Hull

  15. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Seeing talk of Doherty to Spurs.

    He had 13 big chances playing for Wolves last season, more than any other defender. There's not a chance he gets that in a Mourinho team.

  16. KGFC
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Pool followers how did Salah play today? Any opinions?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      rusty..

    2. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Lack lustre at best.

    3. KGFC
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      TA!

  17. UnluckyXI
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Right now I'm on the following:

    McCarthy (Nyland)

    Trent, Tierney, KWP, (Vinagre, Ferguson)

    Auba, Salah, Greenwood, ASM (Bissouma)

    Werner, Ings, Mitro

    Plan is to bank 2 transfers to see who's the best asset to transfer in for Auba and whichever player not starting (there's always one) in time for week 3.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Seems alright

  18. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rodrigo to Leeds is almost done. Those who watch other leagues should know how BIG this signing is for a promoted side.

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Nice.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yep definitely not a goalscorer but brilliant at creating opportunities for the rest of the attack

      1. Shark Team
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Not a goalscorer. But he will be one imo. Surely better finishing than Bamford.

        1. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Way better than Bamford! Shouldnt even be mentioned in the same sentence

          1. Flaming Flamingo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            https://understat.com/player/2381

            Rodrigo is a pretty terrible finisher in his own right. His overall game is good though, but maybe not best suited to FPL.

    3. Eastman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I don't watch other leagues. Who is he?

      1. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Do you watch national teams?

      2. UnluckyXI
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        13 goals contributions last season in less minutes than all of maddison, mount, Perez, Jota, maupay who got similar or less contributions. expect to see him at the 6.5 given he's at a promoted team rather than a big hitter

    4. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Predictions on FPL price?

      1. Shark Team
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        6.5 - 7.0 mil fwd. I think he will be at 6.5

        1. Shark Team
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Would be a gift at 6.0 but I don't think so

  19. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Fun Fact: The tunnel used by the Allied POWs in the Great Escape was called Harry...

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Stalag Lindelof III

  20. milanista10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Anyone else seriously considering Bowen? Was unlucky not to score more at the end of last season & played well today!

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Looked great today - am on a one week team for GW1 and like the look of him but a triple up with Antonio and Soucek feels excessive

      1. milanista10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Don’t you prefer to go Bowen & Antonio if it’s a one week team only? Or funds are an issue?

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      We have the luxury of watching how he does in the tough fixtures before rushing into a guess on him

      1. milanista10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        True but we could be missing a big haul vs Newcastle, don’t you think so? 😀

    3. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yes

    4. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Surely better with Antonio at same price if going West Ham, though Bowen certainly looks a decent player.

      1. milanista10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Depends if you want to put money in attack or midfield though.

    5. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Sorry. I meant no.

    6. Ziyech on the Bench
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      yes i just put him in my team today

  21. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    It has begun...So, how many players losing their spots on our teams?
    Vinagre, Ferguson, Martinez.....

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Maguire

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      The names may change but maybe not the structure

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Brewster can change that

    3. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      why Ferguson? Seems the best of the 4.0

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Heard he is not even on bench today 😀

  22. Morrissey1986
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Mitchell on for Palace as McCarthy went off injured

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Hmmm

    2. UnluckyXI
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Any idea how bad the injury is?

      1. Morrissey1986
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Sadly not

  23. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    RMT, please?

    McCarthy
    TAA AM-N Justin/Taylor
    Auba Son Ziyech Maddison Armstrong
    Werner Kane

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      AMN is bold.
      I get Madds is a placeholder, but perhaps not a very good one.
      Rest seems decent enough.

  24. BigBillyBass
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Is Maguire essential?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Double up with Ronaldinho.

    2. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      If you're making a FPL convicts 11, probably

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      “Do you know who I am? I am very rich, I can give you money.”

      Classy

  25. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Harry Maguire handed a prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days. But this will be suspended because it is a first offence and charges were misdemeanours.

    Wow.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      So long as he doesn't go to Greece again should be ok.

    2. JammySprat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Source? that's crazy

    3. keefyefc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      He might try to bribe his way out of the sentence !

  26. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Aaand there's the nailed 4.0

    1. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Ferguson? Or someone else?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        The left back I think.

      2. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Mitchell

    2. NULL-X-VOID
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      who's this??

  27. JammySprat
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Saka been given #7 shirt. Could be great option at 5.5

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      5.5 mids plenty of potential this year.

  28. Sanchit
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Why is Pepe not in the squad?

  29. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Can hits be taken in FanTeam or just free transfers?

    1. Sanchit
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Hits can be taken. Same -4 penalty