The Promoted

What can we expect from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fulham’s midfielders in FPL?

Our series on the newly-promoted Premier League sides continues with a look at Fulham’s midfielders and forwards.

We have already assessed the Cottagers’ head coach Marco Silva and their defence, with focus now switching to the prolific Aleksandar Mitrovic and the creative options immediately behind him.

We’ve again roped in the help of Brandon Kelley, Fulham fan and co-host of the excellent Always Cheating podcast, for this feature.

WHAT IS FULHAM’S GOAL-SCORING POTENTIAL?

Fulham were crowned 2021/22 Championship winners with the best attacking record in the division, having scored 106 goals in their 46 league fixtures.

In fact, the Cottagers’ were the first team to score more than 100 goals in the second tier since Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City in 2002.

There was an almost even split in terms of home and away goals scored, with 56/50 respectively.

PWDLFAGDPTS
Total462791010643+6390
Home2314455620+3646
Away2313555023+2744

Underlying stats-wise, Fulham were top for most of the attacking metrics, including shots, shots on target, big chances created and expected goals (xG), while only Swansea City enjoyed more possession.

ATTACKING STATS 2021/22
TotalRank v other Championship clubs
Goals1061st
Shots per game16.11st
Shots on target per game6.11st
Big chances created991st
xG96.31st
Possession60.8%2nd

However, the Cottagers’ biggest test under Marco Silva is yet to come, and questions remain about their ability to compete at the very highest level given that key attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho has been sold to Liverpool.

The 19-year-old produced 10 goals and eight assists last season, and his departure leaves a big hole in the team.

Always Cheating co-host and Fulham fan Brandon Kelley told us:

“By the end of their Championship-winning season, Fulham’s goal difference was a staggering 63, 28 goals beyond second-place Bournemouth. Fulham definitely embraced manager Marco Silva’s flowing, attacking style of play, which married perfectly with the Cottager’s modern possession-based, ball-on-the-floor philosophy. But scoring goals in the Premier League is an entirely different matter than in the lower divisions. Sure, Fulham scored seven goals in multiple matches last season, but those goals had a tendency to dry up when the opposition pressed hard when out of possession. Considering the Premier League is arguably to most pressing league on the planet, it’s not likely we’ll see the same swashbuckling football that the Cottagers were known for in 21/22.

Losing 19-year-old Carvalho to Liverpool was inevitable. Though incredibly young, the Portuguese has no like-for-like replacement to creatively attack through the middle. It’s crucial for Fulham to sign well in the no. 10 role in order to keep the net bulging.” – Brandon Kelley

2021/22: APPS, GOALS AND ASSISTS

PlayerPositionAppsGoalsAssists
Jean Michael SeriMC26 (7)16
Tom CairneyMC16 (10)34
Harrison ReedMC32 (7)02
Nathaniel ChalobahMC11 (9)01
Josh OnomahMC/AMC8 (12)13
Tyler FrancoisMC1 (1)00
Harry WilsonRW40 (1)1019
Fabio CarvalhoAMC33 (3)108
Neeskens KebanoLW31 (9)96
Bobby De Cordova-ReidLW/AMC27 (14)87
Ivan CavaleiroLW5 (13)20
Domingos QuinaAMC1 (1)00
Aleksandar MitrovicST44437
Rodrigo MunizST2 (23)50

THE MIDFIELDERS

Harry Wilson had a season to remember under Marco Silva, scoring 10 goals and creating 19 more in 40 appearances, as he made the EFL Championship Team of the Season.

As a result, he was one of only five players to finish the campaign with double figures for both goals and assists

And his willingness to shoot, coupled with the threat he poses from set-pieces, could make him an appealing Fantasy option, certainly when the fixtures fall kindly.

The former Liverpool man led all Fulham players for chances created (102), big chances created (18), crosses (164) and xA (10.4) in 2021/22, while only Aleksandar Mitrovic could beat him for xG.

Although he spends most of his time hugging the right touchline, he often moves into central areas, much more so than Neeskens Kebano on the opposite flank.

Above: Neeskens Kebano (left) and Harry Wilson’s (right) touch heatmaps 2021/22, via Sofa Score

Wilson’s Premier League loan spell at Bournemouth yielded a modest seven goals in 31 games as the Cherries’ were relegated, but it does feel like the winger is in a better place to succeed this time around.

“Wilson immediately fitted in at Craven Cottage at the start of their Championship campaign. His chemistry with Mitrovic and Fabio Carvalho was exquisite, resulting in 10 goals and a league high 19 assists. With Carvalho moving on to Liverpool, Fulham will rely on Wilson for attacking creativity.” – Brandon Kelley

Fabio Carvalho, meanwhile, was one of the standout players of the season, but will leave Fulham this summer for Liverpool.

The Championship young player of the year nominee produced 10 goals and eight assists in 33 league starts, and was deployed as a no. 10 or advanced no. 8, often drifting into the left half-space to receive the ball.

Carvalho’s departure does leave a significant hole in the Cottagers’ attack, and how they respond will be key: do they attempt to sign a like-for-like replacement, or perhaps shift to a 4-3-3 formation, which you’d think would add a bit more defensive solidity to the team?

Kebano had his best season at Fulham, becoming a key part of their attack with nine goals and six assists, but could be the one to drop out if Silva recruits a new winger in the summer.

The idea behind Silva’s tactic is to get Mitrovic, Wilson and Kebano on the ball as often as possible, players who make things happen in the final third, so there seems little reason to look beyond that trio for our Fantasy teams, at least initially.

For example, Harrison Reed, Tom Cairney and Nathaniel Chalobah are often the deepest midfielders in Silva’s 4-2-3-1 formation, pulling the strings from number six roles. Jean Michael Seri, meanwhile, has been released, with media reports suggesting that they are also ready to listen to offers for Anthony Knockaert, Josh Onomah and Ivan Cavaleiro, all of whom have seen limited game time.

THE FORWARDS

Aleksandar Mitrovic hit a whopping 43 goals in 44 appearances throughout the title-winning season, breaking all sorts of goalscoring records along the way.

As a result, he was named Championship Player of the Season.

MITROVIC IN NUMBERS 2021/22
Total
Goals scored43
Goals scored from open-play31
Goals scored from headers12
Penalties scored6

Mitrovic also produced seven assists in 2021/22 – the most he has managed in a single season during his senior career. That is in part because of Silva’s tactics, with the Serb often taking up deeper positions and dropping into midfield to help with the team’s build-up play.

Above: Aleksandar Mitrovic’s touch heatmap 2021/22, via Sofa Score

Despite some impressive numbers, you do get those players who are too good for the Championship and not good enough for the Premier League, but does that apply to Mitrovic?

His most recent Premier League experience, in 2020/21, was underwhelming, as he scored only three goals, making just 13 starts as he fell out of favour with Scott Parker. That season, he actually scored more for Serbia (seven), helping them to qualify for the World Cup.

The 2018/19 campaign, however, was better, as he hit the ground running with four goals in his first five league games, ending it with a respectable 11 in 37 appearances.

MITROVIC’S CHAMPIONSHIP V PREMIER LEAGUE RECORD
DivisionAppearancesGoalsAssistsMinutes per goal
Championship1258516116
Premier League1042410286

Fulham may struggle for chances in the top flight but what they do create will go through Mitrovic, who is the focal point of most of their attacks.

So, you would think success in that respect will come down to whether or not his team-mates can deliver those crosses and through balls into the box he so often thrives off.

“Of course, if you ask me right now if next season we will have 70 per cent of possession every single match, I’ll answer to you directly: no. It’s up to me and my staff to create the conditions to get the best from our players. Mitrovic is a very good player. If you ask me if he can play Premier League — he already did it. He already scored goals there as well. It’s up to us to keep working with him, to keep improving, because he has many things to keep improving. Playing in a different way, as well, because we will not be so dominant for sure in certain games and of course, we have to find different ways to take the best from him and from the others.” – Marco Silva

Brandon Kelley offered his thoughts on Mitrovic below:

“Veteran FPL managers will have had previous run-ins with Mitrovic, and most of them bad. Despite underperforming during Fulham’s last two promotions, Mitro’s form has undeniably improved for both club and country, making a mockery of Ivan Toney’s Championship goalscoring record by netting 43 in Fulham’s division-winning season. He’s also easily won the trust of manager Marco Silva, assuring his Premier League minutes. With penalty duty, a low-enough price could make Mitro a popular pick.” – Brandon Kelley

Backup for Mitrovic arrives via Rodrigo Muniz, who should at least see some minutes providing another forward doesn’t arrive, and might be of interest for those planning to start with just one forward alongside two cheaper options on the bench.


Our huge thanks again go to Brandon for his time and insight.


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128 Comments Post a Comment
  1. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 13 hours ago

    2 pointers, dissapointment, rage transfers out.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 8 hours ago

      Perfect synopsis. i would only add ‘bitter’ in front of disappointment.

  2. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 13 hours ago

    Depends who they sign to replace Carvalho

  3. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    29 days, 12 hours ago

    Mitro was such a troll last time. I know I will be tempted but it wont go well.

  4. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 12 hours ago

    Note to self: avoid newcomers (promoted teams + signings from other leagues) for GW1, whoever they may be. If they show signs of clicking in the league, only then bring them in.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Good note.
      Real life - some no name scores big gw1 and masses buying him in afraid of instant price increase and missing out on next great gem for it to turn out to be massive flop which needs selling few weeks later.
      Example - Steve Mounie.

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 9 hours ago

        For each Mounie there's another Dennis and Ighalo. So you really need to be careful and make a good decision.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 10 hours ago

      And don't get Mitrovic.

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 10 hours ago

        Oh there will be few takers.
        I guesstimate his ownership GW1 to be around 15% - 20%.

        1. NorCal Villan
            29 days, 10 hours ago

            Good, I love to see other managers inflict wounds upon themselves 😎

          • Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            28 days, 21 hours ago

            Good fixture and he'll be in 40%+. Watch the momentum build.

        2. KujaliaFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          29 days, 10 hours ago

          Mitrohimovic will be the first name on my teamsheet.

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 10 hours ago

            Clearly not too bothered about rank then.

          2. NorCal Villan
              29 days, 10 hours ago

              Let the bad decisions flow through you!

          3. Jernau M Gurgeh
            • 12 Years
            23 days, 20 hours ago

            why not?

        3. jacob1989
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            So you are saying we shouldn't get haaland either?

            1. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 8 hours ago

              Yes he is. For me Haaland is a question mark. I can't rule him out yet. If he braces gw 1 or gets one goal and assist, his price could be .2 million higher come gw2. And I really don't like the idea of not having him in that case.

          • Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            I agree. But I still fear that I will end up with one of those players 🙁 Money is always tight and that last .5 million may be hard to find. Finding the right 4.5 gk may be difficult, but early in the season money is always tight. Dubravka is likely going to be 5.0 and depending on fixtures he is one to consider.

        4. Fabreghastly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          29 days, 10 hours ago

          The question is, is there something different about Fulham now that makes Mitrovic a better fpl option this time?

          Even if they were, they will be a different team again when the season starts

          1. bombonera
              29 days, 10 hours ago

              Parker vs Silva.
              Parker played extremely negative, slow build-up, low-risk possession based football (it was like this in both Prem and Champ)
              Silva had a more open, direct attacking style this season. Whether we are able to maintain that going into the Prem will depend on the quality of attacking signings to provide Mitro with effective service, and any change in tactics Silva may implement

            • diesel001
              • 5 Years
              29 days, 9 hours ago

              Subject to the usual things like long-term injuries and Fulham signing someone to take his place, if Mitrovic is priced at £6.5m or less then I would be interested in him as a set and forget.

              His goal scoring in the Championship would suggest he is basically as good as Toney and, like Toney, he also has penalties.

              Forwards, based on the current rules and pricing, are crap in FPL. He is the type of cheap, never bench, never captain, forward you can just leave in your team.

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 9 hours ago

                Are they really worth starting over 5.0 defenders?

                1. Baps hunter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 8 hours ago

                  Toney got 4.2 ppm and Tierney, Gabriel, Reguilon and Doherty at least matched him for example. Clean sheets are also little easier to predict than goals and assists.

                2. diesel001
                  • 5 Years
                  29 days, 8 hours ago

                  The issue is you have to have at least one forward. Perhaps Gelhardt will be 5.0m and start every game. But at the moment I can't see it. So I can get Mitro for half the price of Kane, Ronaldo, Haaland, but without a significant drop in points comparative to their respective prices. That also lets me put the excess into Son and Salah and the defence.

              2. Mario Balofail
                • 7 Years
                29 days, 8 hours ago

                Forward like Mitrovic needs constant quality service. I see him as Lukaku-esque forward who is able to score but needs a massive support.
                And I can't see Fulham with such a service since they will need to "take care" of defending and not ending with most goals conceded.
                Just my opinion(got Mitro every season he played in PL for Fulham and if I am correct for Newcastle)...

              3. cravencottage
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                29 days, 7 hours ago

                Except he will never be set and forget regardless of price. he was a huge disappointment last time and lost his starting job fo quite awhile.

            • Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 9 hours ago

              Supposing we can have starting Gelhardt at 5.0 why would anyone bother to have Mitrovic? He wasn't even nailed last time in PL. I think I'll rather have two starting 4.5 defenders and play 4-4-2 (and/or 5-4-1 hybrid) than have Mitro.

          2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 9 Years
            29 days, 9 hours ago

            Mitros on fire

            1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 9 hours ago

              Is that the local kebab shop?

          3. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 7 hours ago

            I must be the only person considering Wilson over Mitrovic if I was to go near Fulham assets. Granted he'd take up a valuable MID spot and it greatly depends on how they replace Carvalho so I likely won't go there, but I think I'd sooner go with him when he'll be cheaper and has performed well in the PL before, being an excellent setpiece taker.

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Kane Wilson Gelhardt

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 19 hours ago

                Kane has had August draught basically every season. But yes, either that ^ or Haaland, Wilson, Gelhardt depending on fixtures and form.

            2. The Knights Template
              • 8 Years
              29 days, 4 hours ago

              Not considering any Fulham assets, ever. Unless that Yank comes back whose name escapes me for the moment.

              1. NorCal Villan
                  29 days, 2 hours ago

                  Clint Dempsey?

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 8 Years
                    29 days, 1 hour ago

                    That’s him.

                • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                  • 9 Years
                  29 days, 2 hours ago

                  Tim Ream?

                  1. NorCal Villan
                      29 days, 1 hour ago

                      Harry Reems

                • RedRo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  28 days, 20 hours ago

                  I’m not sure he’s likely to be nailed is he? Read a lot of talk that they’re after two wingers.

                  1. NateDog
                    • 1 Year
                    28 days, 20 hours ago

                    Started 40 games last season, more than any other midfielder or attacker bar Mitrovic and led most of the creative stats for Fulham. If anything I could see him deployed centrally in place of Carvalho if they sign 2 wingers but I doubt he'd be dropped

                    1. RedRo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      28 days, 16 hours ago

                      Nice! Thanks for the info

                • OLA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  28 days, 18 hours ago

                  No, you are not the only person 🙂

              2. HurriKane
                • 9 Years
                29 days, 2 hours ago

                I think I've nailed the gw1 team for 2022-23 season.

                Raya (4.5)
                TAA (8.5) Chilwell (6.0) Digne (5.5) Trippier (5)
                Son (12) Diaz (9.5) Bowen (8.0) Bruno G (6.0)
                Haaland (11.5) Mitrovic (6.5)

                Bench: 4.0 Bissouma(4.5) Greenwood (4.5) 4.0

                Formation: 4-4-2

                Thoughts? Ofcourse there will be slight variations based on fixtures but the structure and cpre will be very similar

                1. Inazuma X1
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 1 hour ago

                  Bowen will be like 9-9.5m

                  1. HurriKane
                    • 9 Years
                    29 days, 1 hour ago

                    No chance. Bowen will be 8.5 max imo. Could do Mitro to Brennan Johnson (6.0) in this case

                    1. CAVEAT KING
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      29 days, 1 hour ago

                      Who knows? Change in position could affect him to a lower price.

                2. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 5 Years
                  28 days, 23 hours ago

                  I think the max for defenders is 7.5M.

                  1. HurriKane
                    • 9 Years
                    28 days, 23 hours ago

                    Trent is currently 8.4m. cant see him getting a price drop of 1m

                    1. Little Red Lacazette
                      • 5 Years
                      28 days, 23 hours ago

                      Hmm, how much was his price one year ago?

                      1. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        28 days, 22 hours ago

                        TAA has been 8m before. He'll be at least 8m this season.

                3. The Mentaculus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  28 days, 23 hours ago

                  I'm considering a similar midfield setup (Bruno G - Martinelli maybe) & am excited by Diaz too - but the question is, would you captain him? Lets say opening day fixtures are Spurs v Brighton, West Ham v Man City, Liverpool v Bournemouth... who's your C?

                  1. HurriKane
                    • 9 Years
                    28 days, 22 hours ago

                    Luis Diaz in this case. Rate him highly and his spot will be even more secure with Mane leaving

                4. WHUFCSmith23
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  28 days, 22 hours ago

                  Seeing Diaz in a lot of these mock up teams. Interesting to me, feel like I've missed something. His returns didn't seem all that plentiful compared to Maddison, Bowen, Mount, Saka, Jota etc who are all in a similar price range.

                  I feel like at that price point I would want established rather than potential.

                  1. HurriKane
                    • 9 Years
                    28 days, 22 hours ago

                    Luiz Diaz is a proper baller man. next season he will set off. ive got no doubt about it

                    1. WHUFCSmith23
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      28 days, 22 hours ago

                      Not doubting his ability at all. Clearly a ridiculously talented footballer. I just wonder about his returns at this point. Once they start though, I get the feeling they won't stop.

                5. DelPiero10
                    28 days, 22 hours ago

                    Working on next season's team at this stage is rather pointless. In my opinion it would be more beneficial to tweak your strategy based on the successes and failures of last season.

                    1. NorCal Villan
                        28 days, 11 hours ago

                        It’s not even June

                        Go outside, you might like it 😎

                        1. Monty the Magpie
                          • 4 Years
                          28 days, 11 hours ago

                          But yet he's signed out and you're signed in.

                        2. DelPiero10
                            23 days, 21 hours ago

                            Typical yank

                      • Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        28 days, 22 hours ago

                        Fixtures change everything.

                      • Stimps
                        • 8 Years
                        28 days, 21 hours ago

                        Think I'll start with KDB instead of Haaland. See how Haaland fares first 3 games

                      • SonnyPikey
                          28 days, 19 hours ago

                          At least wait until fixtures are announced. Guarantee you this team will change rapidly.

                        • I Must Break You
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          23 days, 22 hours ago

                          Might come in handy to wait for fixtures to be posted before overthinking this

                      • Little Red Lacazette
                        • 5 Years
                        29 days, 31 mins ago

                        I can expect he will not feature in my team early on, unless he impresses severely.

                      • La Roja
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        28 days, 22 hours ago

                        Perisic price predictions?

                        I reckon 8m max

                        1. Holmes
                          • 8 Years
                          28 days, 22 hours ago

                          7 I think

                        2. WHUFCSmith23
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          28 days, 22 hours ago

                          7.5?

                          I wonder where he will play though.

                        3. Black Knights
                          • 10 Years
                          28 days, 22 hours ago

                          If he's a mid, presumably he'll make Kulu's price a bit lower as there'll be doubts over who starts? There's talk of using him as a WB though; surely he won't be listed as a defender?

                          1. WHUFCSmith23
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            28 days, 22 hours ago

                            Seems most likely he will be listed as a mid and end up playing wing back making him FPL untouchable.

                            He plays the opposite side to Kulusevski and Lucas. Can't see him playing in Sons position. Only really leaves left wing back. I guess Reguilons days are well and truly over. Jamie Redknapp will be very upset.

                        4. Camzy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 12 Years
                          28 days, 22 hours ago

                          6m defender is the hope!

                          1. WHUFCSmith23
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            28 days, 22 hours ago

                            Say he is, straight in the team?

                            1. I Must Break You
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              23 days, 22 hours ago

                              Wait… for… fixtures…

                        5. Fulchester's New Centr…
                          • 4 Years
                          28 days, 20 hours ago

                          At least 7.5: people have heard of him and he has scored some important goals.

                          Change of shape for Spurs? Sonny as an out-and-out striker?

                        6. NateDog
                          • 1 Year
                          28 days, 20 hours ago

                          Are people expecting him to go straight into the first team? Don't get me wrong, I think he's a really good signing, but he's 33 and hasn't played in a league as demanding as the PL before, spending the majority of the last decade in the Bundesliga. Even in Conte's last season at Inter he effectively started half of the games that season. I know Sessegnon needs to have his minutes managed but he's looked really good in these last few months, I think Perisic is there to add a further option and to have more bodies there to cope with CL games as well as covering players that have had a fair few injuries between them this season.

                          1. Giggs Boson
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            28 days, 20 hours ago

                            Do you know why he only started half the games under Conte? Was he injured or rested?

                            He does feel like a rotation risk... especially when we'll likely have beasts like Chilwell around the same price...

                            1. NateDog
                              • 1 Year
                              28 days, 19 hours ago

                              He still made 32 apps that season (started 20 so 12 sub apps) and according to Transfermarkt he missed 9 days through muscle fatigue but that was it. Different circumstances here of course, Eriksen mostly made sub appearances for Conte at Inter but if he joins I'm sure he'll go straight into the first team given Spurs' needs so maybe it'll be different, but given he's not going to replace Son at LW, you'd have to assume he'll be playing LWB mostly so competing with Reguilon and Sess.

                        7. Baps hunter
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          28 days, 19 hours ago

                          I don't think it matters yet. Cannot punt on him and trust him to be nailed starter and to perform well in PL without seeing it happen first. There are simply too many question marks imo. Having him and Haaland for example might be something that could be sorted for gw 2 with -4, but something else can go wrong also and that's basically asking blood from the nose. (I have been in trouble after bad gw1 team basically 3 seasons in a row.)

                        8. Baines on Toast...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          28 days, 19 hours ago

                          I'm pretty confident he'll be listed as a defender and 6.0 is the right price.

                      • WHUFCSmith23
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        28 days, 22 hours ago

                        If I had to bet right now I would say

                        17 Brentford
                        18 Fulham
                        19 Forest
                        20 Bournemouth

                        Will probably avoid players from those teams next season. Could throw Southampton in there but they have a proven track record of avoiding relegation at this point... so did Burnley so you never know but the promoted teams look poor.

                        1. Holmes
                          • 8 Years
                          28 days, 22 hours ago

                          Leeds will get sucked in relegation battle again imo.

                          1. WHUFCSmith23
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            28 days, 22 hours ago

                            Can see it. Surely Raphinha leaves, I wonder how much of an impact that will have.

                            That's a lot of goals and assists leaving the team and his dribbling relieves pressure.

                            1. The Mentaculus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              28 days, 21 hours ago

                              He's replaceable. I think its more important that we hang onto (& keep fit) Kalvin

                              1. Baps hunter
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                28 days, 16 hours ago

                                I don't think Raphinha can be replaced with any single player they can afford. However, 2-3 good signings could do the job.

                            2. Baps hunter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              28 days, 16 hours ago

                              Raphinha is more important for Leeds than Buendia was for Canaries. Last season didn't end up too well for Nor 🙁

                              1. The Mentaculus
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                28 days, 16 hours ago

                                Dont get me wrong, he's quality, but I just think 30m can get you a pretty decent (Buendia-esque) AMR this summer. But if Phillips left it would be a huge struggle to find a DM of comparable quality. Demand for the likes of Rice, Bissouma & co (admittedly slightly out of our league, but the point is more positional) is huge atm

                                1. Baps hunter
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  28 days, 15 hours ago

                                  I don't think Leeds is ready to spend 30 million for Raphinha replacement, but what do I know 😉

                                  1. The Mentaculus
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    28 days, 15 hours ago

                                    Valued at around 45m by transfermarkt, seen speculation up to 64m (prob a bit on the steep side), so 30 is my very rough guess for reinvestment

                                    1. Baps hunter
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      28 days, 14 hours ago

                                      My guess is about half of that, and some other players but we shall see. Time will tell 🙂 And don't mark my words, I hope you win this one 😉

                        2. RedRo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          28 days, 22 hours ago

                          17. Forest
                          18. Bournemouth
                          19. Everton
                          20. Fulham

                          I think people are overlooking the fact that Everton almost inevitably have to sell at least one of DCL or Richarlison, probably both, given their financial situation. It's going to be a very tough few years for them.

                        3. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
                          • 10 Years
                          28 days, 22 hours ago

                          17 United
                          18 Everton
                          19 Forest
                          20 Bournemouth

                        4. The Mentaculus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          28 days, 21 hours ago

                          I'll go for
                          16. Leeds
                          17. Forest
                          18. Everton
                          19. Fulham
                          20. Bournemouth

                          Will target all these defences, but I could potentially pick Brennan Johnson or a Leeds mid/fwd

                        5. Zim0
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          28 days, 21 hours ago

                          Everton and Leeds will be in the relegation battle

                        6. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
                          • 5 Years
                          28 days, 21 hours ago

                          Forest will stay up

                        7. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          28 days, 21 hours ago

                          Fulham and Bournemouth going straight back down, as for 3rd team it will be between Forrest, Leeds, Everton and Southampton.

                          1. SonnyPikey
                              28 days, 19 hours ago

                              Everton and Saints will stay up

                          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 4 Years
                            28 days, 21 hours ago

                            17. Fulham
                            18. Utd
                            19. Forest
                            20. B'mouth

                          3. Giggs Boson
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            28 days, 20 hours ago

                            17. Forest
                            18. Fulham
                            19. Bournemouth
                            20. Leeds

                          4. Monty the Magpie
                            • 4 Years
                            28 days, 20 hours ago

                            Everton have got to be down there, surely.

                            1. Giggs Boson
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              28 days, 19 hours ago

                              If they hang onto their key players like Richarlison and Doucoure, and Lampard gets fired early, I reckon they have enough.

                          5. Baps hunter
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            28 days, 20 hours ago

                            Bookies current odds:
                            Bou 1.74
                            Forest 1.83
                            Fulham 2.25
                            Leeds 3.75
                            Brentford 3.75
                            Sou 5
                            Wolves, Eve, CP 7

                            My "virtual coin toss prediction":
                            17. N Forest
                            18. Leeds
                            19. Bou
                            20. Fulham

                            1. The Mentaculus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              28 days, 19 hours ago

                              Wow Everton & Palace level... seems utterly wrong. Thats a pretty decent price for Everton actually, could be worth a flutter before Richarlison & DCL leave

                              1. NateDog
                                • 1 Year
                                28 days, 19 hours ago

                                Agreed, sounds like Richarlison will go and it's not as if you can trust Everton to spend any income from him wisely. Although I suppose if they keep the likes of DCL and Doucoure fit they probably should be OK.

                                1. Baps hunter
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  28 days, 16 hours ago

                                  Gordon looked like emerging player and he is only 21, I believe. He is capable to improve and get into spot lights perhaps. Do they have other young talented players who could have a break through season?

                                  1. NateDog
                                    • 1 Year
                                    28 days, 16 hours ago

                                    Think I've seen a few Evertonians speak well of Dobbin but I'm not sure if that means he's ready for the first team or not

                          6. Inazuma X1
                            • 4 Years
                            28 days, 19 hours ago

                            18. Leeds or Forest
                            19. Southampton
                            20. Everton

                        8. Fulchester's New Centr…
                          • 4 Years
                          28 days, 21 hours ago

                          Billy the Fish (5.0)

                          John Colby (4.0) / Bobby Moore (4.5) / Stephen Chow from Shaolin Soccer (5.0)

                          John Wark (5.0) / Ossie Ardiles (7.0) / Capt. Tsubasa (9.5) / Brown Fox (5.0)

                          Pele (12) / Hot Shot Hamish (12.5) / Roy Race (13)

                          Robert Hatch (4) / Vinnie Jones (4.5) / Blackie Gray (4.5) / Mick Hucknall (4.5)

                          1. The Units
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 12 Years
                            28 days, 20 hours ago

                            Not a fan of the front 3

                            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                              • 4 Years
                              28 days, 20 hours ago

                              Gelhardt vs Pele was a close decision.

                          2. The Knights Template
                            • 8 Years
                            28 days, 18 hours ago

                            Where’s World Cup Willie?

                            1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
                              • 7 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Is that a medical condition?

                        9. Valdez
                          • 10 Years
                          28 days, 20 hours ago

                          Son is so modest, "trying to be as good as Neymar" do me a favour.

                          1. DavidBW
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            28 days, 19 hours ago

                            Son is good but he lacks any real ambition. Would be good to see him win a trophy in his career.

                            1. Baps hunter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              His father doesn't allow him to get even wife yet, I read somewhere 🙁

                        10. Giggs Boson
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          28 days, 20 hours ago

                          Sounds like we need to get used to seeing bright yellow kits in our teams. Norwich might be getting a rich investor.

                          https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-61636393

                          1. The Knights Template
                            • 8 Years
                            28 days, 18 hours ago

                            I trust Liz Howlett, 46, of London, implicitly.

                            1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
                              • 7 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              I thought it was Jimmy Bullard

                        11. Ooh Ah Cantona
                          • 1 Year
                          28 days, 19 hours ago

                          Watching Depp Vs Heard, I think Heard should be given the footballing equivalent of a yellow card for diving when trying to win a penalty

                          1. Zim0
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            28 days, 14 hours ago

                            Perjury?

                        12. Inazuma X1
                          • 4 Years
                          28 days, 19 hours ago

                          Are we closer to the opening of the new FPL season than before?

                          1. Black Knights
                            • 10 Years
                            28 days, 18 hours ago

                            We are.

                          2. Holmes
                            • 8 Years
                            28 days, 18 hours ago

                            no, deadline has also been postponed

                          3. I Must Break You
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            23 days, 22 hours ago

                            We’re closer today than we were yesterday

                        13. Baps hunter
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          Did you learn anything this season? What was your lesson learned?

                          Mine was once again that trying to be too be clever with gw 1 team has huge potential downside. Previous season I made very good starting XI, but almost every cheaper player had problematic price point and my team structure lacked flexibility a lot and got me into trouble. This season I started with Harrison and H Barnes over Benrahma and Raphinha. Leeds had 3 bad fixtures to start with. I should have understood that if Harrison doesn't perform before plum fixtures, he may become huge problem (pts + tv). This season I certainly won't plan too much ahead.

                          1. Deulofail
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            28 days, 16 hours ago

                            For me, the lesson is always the same but 'learning' isn't fun. Same as you, it's also trying to be too clever in GW1. But then again, if it goes right, it could go very right.... so I won't force myself to copy everyone else if I want to take 'risks' again by trying something unusual at the start of the season. I don't agree with the general chatter about price points and structure around here though.

                            1. Baps hunter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              28 days, 15 hours ago

                              I don't agree with general price point thinking either, but season before my team structure was simply too unflexible. Basically 7 or 8 of my assets were .5 million cheaper than their possible replacements. Great value for the money in theory had it worked out, but I was unable to take "normal" -4 to sell two of them and get the good bandwagons. -8 and selling a heavy hitter isn't nice choice either. Therefore I believe that some balance and possible replacements if needed are good to have. Price points alone don't usually matter, since I have no issues to take -4 early in the season to gain tv.

                              1. Andy_Social
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                17 days, 16 hours ago

                                I didn't learn any lesson. Last season was an outlier due to covid and all the DGWs. Next season will have the World Cup in the middle of it. Different scenarios require different lessons.

                        14. Maradona10sean
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          17 days, 18 hours ago

                          winning formation 4-5-haaland

                          1. Andy_Social
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            17 days, 16 hours ago

                            That's what I'm going for.

                          2. Giggs Boson
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            17 days, 16 hours ago

                            Could be some shiny new toys to play with up front with Nunez at Liverpool, and Jesus at Arsenal. Havertz could nail a spot and be classified as a forward. Bamford and Wilson could be fit.

                            Pricing will be key. Their value must be more competitive with the other positions.