A cornerstone of FPL is being able to spot the diamond in the rough when it comes to the budget options, and getting them in your team early on.
Whether they’re sitting on your bench, waiting for the inevitable gameweek where Pep decides it’s Aguero’s turn to sit one out, or rotating with each other to maximise their potential, finding this season’s Josh King/Mahrez/Clint Dempsey early on is a huge benefit to any manager. I’ll be your David Dickinson today, taking you on a tour of my emerging FPL bargains in midfield.
Midfielders – under 6m
Fraser (BOU) 5.6
Part man, part Scottish dwarf, this lad looks to have settled well into the Premier League in his third season. He has a goal and assist already so far. Furthermore, he’s also got a knack for winning penalties (see his 9 assists in 2016/17). A real bobby dazzler.
Brooks (BOU) 5.0
Apparently 21 but looks like he just stepped out of nappy night at Oceana, complete with blonde highlights and all. Playing on the opposite wing to Fraser has started every match and unlucky not to return thus far. Keep an eye on Stanislas’ recovery who could displace him.
Neves (WOL) 5.1
A fiend for a long-range screamer, guaranteed to have at least one goal of the season contender. Set piece specialist and scored one already, team mates seem happy for him to shoot from range.
Gray (LEI) 5.5
Quicker than the aforementioned David Dickinson when there’s a sale on fake tan and filling the void Mahrez left in terms of driving the ball forward, now getting more game time and looked confident getting off the mark against Southampton.
Gundogan (MCI) 5.5
Has stepped into the void left by KDB injury and much further forward than when he was deployed to replace Fernandinho last season. On set pieces which has delivered an assist already. If he keeps his place it’s a very cheap route into a potent attack.
Hughes (WAT) 5.0
He’s blonder than Barbie and a beautiful left foot to match, scored a rocket in GW2 to get off the mark. Cuts in from right midfield onto his favoured left foot, cheaper than Pereyra on the opposite wing who does the same (but a bit better).
Kanté (CHE) 5.0
If Kanté starts to add goals and assists to his game everyone should be worried. Our favourite water carrier looks to be carrying something very different in his new role. Boundless energy and one goal already, he keeps popping up in dangerous places.
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