Premier League fantasy football tips: 10 bargain strikers you should sign for your Dream Team

22 Jul

The Premier League has returned and managers across the globe are signing up for Dream Team’s free fantasy football game.

Get your XIs in now and you could win you some of the £100,000 prize pot.

If you’re going to get near the money though, you’re going to have to be savvy in the transfer market and even more so when it comes to forwards.

It’s fine picking up expensive star men like Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane – but you might need the odd cheap player so you don’t go over your limit.

Some coaches can find it tricky discovering the best bargains, but never fear, we’re here to help you and have done the research on some of the perfect players for you to pick up.

So which strikers should you be looking at if you need to save some pennies? Find out our top Dream Team tips below and sign up here for a chance to win.



Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £3.5m

He’s not going to usurp Sergio Aguero any time soon but he will still get plenty of goals.

He got 17 in all competitions last season, not bad going at all.

Gabriel Jesus enjoyed a prolific season for Manchester City
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Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £3.5m

The Red Devils could have another tough campaign in the Premier League, or they could bounce back.

If they do the latter then Rashford, their current main striker, is likely to get the goals for them

Marcus Rashford tries to beat Stefan de Vrij in Man United’s pre-season clash with Inter Milan
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Richarlison (Everton) – £3.0m

He got a fine 13-goal haul last season but was never truly consistent, netting in fits and starts.

Now he could be in for an even better campaign, particularly if the Toffees finally get themselves a centre forward who can score goals, whether it’s a new player of Dominic Calvert-Lewin steps up.

Richarlison celebrates with his medal for winning the Copa America
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Sebastien Haller (West Ham) – £3.0m

Already looking one of the best signings of the summer, Haller could be an exceptional signing.

His haul of 15 goals and nine assists in the Bundesliga showed his all-round talent alongside Luka Jovic, and with help from Ante Rebic at Eintracht Frankfurt.

If he has a similar relationship with Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals, the Hammers fans may be laughing all the way into Europe.

Sebastien Haller has become West Ham’s record signing after his move from Eintracht Frankfurt
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Wesley (Aston Villa) – £2.5m

It’s a touch risky spending £22million on a striker from the Belgian top division but he might just do the business.

The Villans seem to reckon he’ll be Christian Benteke 2.0 but can he live up to that?

Wesley celebrates scoring a goal for Club Brugge
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – £2.5m

The English star is now 22-years-old so it’s time he steps up to the plate and starts scoring more goals.

He’s already a handful for defenders but he just needs to add more to his game in terms of hitting the back of the net.

If he does, he’s a steal at £2.5m.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin needs to up his performance in front of goal
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Michy Batshuayi/Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – £2.0m

It’s best to analyse this as pre-season moves further down the line but whoever looks like getting the staring role is an almost must-have for your XI.

Yes, they have lost Eden Hazard but they still have quality elsewhere to provide them with ammo.

Batshuayi is getting game time in pre-season
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Che Adams (Southampton) – £1.5m

The 23-year-old hit 22 goals and got four assists in the Championship last season.

He really troubled defences in the second tier and you wouldn’t put it past him doing the same in the Premier League too.

Che Adams was in fine form for Birmingham City last campaign
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Lys Mousset (Sheffield United) – £1.0m

At the time of writing, the Frenchman is a club-record signing from Bournemouth.

Three years in the shadows at the Vitality Stadium make you question the deal but was picked up by the Cherries following a nice Ligue 2 campaign with Le Havre.

He’s one for an emergency, or your watchlist.

Mousset has ended his three-year spell with Bournemouth
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Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – £1.0m

After his goal against Inter Milan, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated he will not loan out the 17-year-old striker.

He won’t be a regular starter but could poach from the bench, especially if Romelu Lukaku leaves.

At the weekend, Solskjaer said: “You can’t send him on loan. He’s ready to be in this squad.

“He’s a natural finisher. He just knows where the ball’s going to end up and land. He’s only 17, but then again why not enjoy it. He’ll get a few to be fair.

“He’s practicing of course but he just knows where the goal is. Sometimes you get players like this and he’s a natural scorer.”

Mason Greenwood scored for Man United against Inter Milan
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Everton transfer news: How Toffees could line up with Juventus starlet Moise Kean next season 

28 Jun

Everton have been linked with a move for Juventus striker Moise Kean.

The Toffees have struggled for goals from their forwards since Romelu Lukaku joined Manchester United in a £75million deal in 2017.

Moise Kean is one for the future
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Lukaku scored 87 goals in his four seasons at Goodison Park.

And Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun and Sandro Ramirez have failed to fill the void left by the Belgium international.

Kean enjoyed a fine breakthrough season with Juventus last term, netting seven goals in 17 appearances.

And reports in Italy claim Everton are plotting a €30million (£26.8million) move for the 19-year-old.

Toffees star Richarlison played as a makeshift striker at times last season after Everton boss Marco Silva lost faith in Tosun.

And despite Calvert-Lewin ending the 2018/19 campaign as Silva’s first-choice striker, the England Under-21 international has not scored since the beginning of March.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin starting place could be under threat if Moise Kean joins Everton
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Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson finished the season as the club’s joint top scorers with 14 goals, while Calvert-Lewin and Tosun managed a combined total of 12.

Everton kicked off their summer spending by making Andre Gomes’ loan move from Barcelona permanent last week.

The Portugal international, who was also chased by West Ham, signed for £22million on a five-year deal.

Only Liverpool (21), Manchester City (20) and Chelsea (16) kept more clean sheets than Everton (14) in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

And so with a solid defence, Silva is believed to be on the lookout for more attacking options.

Kean, who was the first player born in 2000 to debut in Serie A, would have hugely benefitted by playing with Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

The Italy Under-21 star could seamlessly fit into an Everton side that will be pushing for a top six spot next term.

4-2-3-1

This was Silva’s preferred formation as Everton finished eighth after a horrendous start last season.

Kean could play the lone striker role and bring Bernard, Sigurdsson and Richarlison into the game with his hold-up play.

Moise Kean’s goals could aid Everton’s top-six push

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This formation could see Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison, depending on the opponent, offer Kean more support up front, while allowing attacking full-backs Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne more opportunities to roam forward.

Sigurdsson, playing slightly further back than usual, could be the team’s deep-lying playmaker.

Kurt Zouma would be Everton’s third centre-half if they are able to sign him on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

Marco Silva used a back-three formation at times last season

Premier League: Who were the most wasteful players in the top flight this season? Including Chelsea and Man United stars

24 May

The Premier League season has drawn to a close and what a brilliant ten months of the beautiful game it was.

Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the title by just a singular point to retain their crown.

Aguero scored the most goals for City this season
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But without the goals of the likes of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, it could have been a very different story.

In light of this, talkSPORT.com wanted to figure out which forwards were not as clinical in front of goal this season.

Gonzalo Higuain was recruited by Chelsea to fix their striking woes, but ultimately the Argentine was more wasteful than lethal, having converted just 10.9 per cent of his shots.

But which other forwards were wasteful throughout the campaign? Have a look at the list in full below…


10. Pedro (Chelsea)

Goals: 8

Total shots: 57

Conversion rate: 14%

9. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Goals: 10

Total shots: 73

Conversion rate: 13.7%

Zaha had 73 shots on goal this season

8. Danny Ings (Southampton)

Goals: 7

Total shots: 55

Conversion rate: 12.7%

7. Salomon Rondon (Newcastle)

Goals: 11

Total shots: 89

Conversion rate: 12.4%

6. Marcus Rashford (Man United)

Goals: 10

Total shots: 84

Conversion rate: 11.9%

Rashford converted just 11.9% of his shots this season
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5. Raul Jimenez (Wolves)

Goals: 13

Total shots: 111

Conversion rate: 11.7%

4. Theo Walcott (Everton)

Goals: 5

Total shots: 43

Conversion rate: 11.6%

Everton fans have grown frustrated with Walcott

3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

Goals: 6

Total shots: 52

Conversion rate: 8.4%

2. Gonzalo Higuain (Chelsea)

Goals: 5

Total shots: 46

Conversion rate: 10.9%

1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)

Goals: 11

Total shots: 131

Conversion rate: 8.4%

Mitrovic was the most wasteful player in the league

‘Everton need another top striker to compete in the top six’, says former manager Sam Allardyce

22 Apr

Everton may have proven their attacking potential in Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Manchester United, but Sam Allardyce believes they still need to sign a top striker to break into the Premier League’s top six.

The Toffees produced perhaps their best performance of the season as they thrashed the Red Devils at Goodison Park, with four different players on the scoresheet.

Theo Walcott celebrates with Everton with team-mates after scoring their fourth goal against Man United

Brazilian ace Richarlison showed once again why he is Marco Silva’s main man with a stunning overhead kick to open the scoring, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott subjecting a downbeat United to their fifth straight defeat away from home.

The victory lifted Everton up to seventh place, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are 15 points ahead in sixth.

Still, it’s progress for the Merseyside club, although former manager Allardyce believes the Toffees need more firepower to really start challenging with the Premier League’s top sides.

Richarlison’s superb overhead kick gave Everton the lead

“Everton were fantastic against Manchester United and it’s really put them on a high to end the season,” he said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“But, if you look at where Everton need to be, they need another top centre forward.

“If you want to finish in the top six, which is what Everton fans are sort of demanding at the moment, then they need to find a striker who is going to get 15 or 20 goals a season.

“And not only is that a hard job, it’s one of the most expensive jobs in the game today.”

But, Big Sam has given a glowing assessment of young striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and hopes he can start leading the line for the Toffees next season.

The 22-year-old has established himself as a regular in the Everton side this term and ahead of the United clash, he even said he is confident he will soon be ‘competing alongside Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane’.

The forward has scored just 17 goals in 90 appearances for the Toffees so far, but Allardyce is expecting great things from the England Under-21 international.

He added: “Calvert-Lewin has improved immensely this season and next season he might even improve yet again.

“I think he’s a quality player, but he’s still a little short on his goal tally to command that centre forward position on a regular basis.

“But he may do it next season.”

Everton 1-0 Arsenal: Toffees boss Marco Silva says ‘main man’ Dominic Calvert-Lewin is improving in every match he plays

7 Apr

Everton boss Marco Silva gave special praise to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, claiming the striker is improving every match he plays following their win at home to Arsenal.

The Toffees rose to ninth in the Premier League table after winning the match 1-0 thanks to Phil Jagielka’s early strike.

Jagielka tapped the ball home after it deflected off Sead Kolasinac

Calvert-Lewin, 22, led the line effectively and caused the visitors’ defence problems throughout the game.

The striker has started Everton’s last six matches – winning four, drawing one and losing one – scoring two goals in the process.

And although he wasn’t on the scoresheet against Arsenal, Silva stressed the whole team performed well but gave a special mention to Calvert-Lewin.

Speaking after the game, Silva said on Calvert-Lewin: “He’s growing, he’s developing and it’s my job to help him keep developing as a football player and he had a very good game.

“All of them did well but Dominic is just enjoying what he’s doing.

“He’s working hard to do what I ask him because it’s not an easy thing to be our main man [up front] but he’s working hard and achieving some things in each match.

“He’s improving each match and he’s doing everything that I want.”

Calvert-Lewin gave the Arsenal defenders plenty to think about during the game

England Under-21s: Who was in the team? Who do they play for? How much first-team experience do they have?

27 Mar

England’s under-21s suffered a 2-1 defeat to Germany after conceding a late goal in Bournemouth.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side had been on a brilliant run of 18-games undefeated before the loss at the Vitality Stadium.

Phil Foden featured for the under-21s

There is plenty of talent in the young England side with a number of the players seeing regular first team action in either the Premier League or Championship.

The under-21s are preparing for the European Championships with high hopes of emulating the success of younger age groups who have come home with silverware.

Dominic Solanke scored England’s goal

Callum Hudson-Odoi would have been in the squad if he had not been called up to the senior side as a late replacement.

A lot was made of his lack of first team experience as he has made just 23 appearances for the Chelsea first-team.

Here is a look at the players who featured for England on Tuesday night and how much experience they have gained despite their youth.

Dean Henderson – Goalkeeper

Age: 22

Club: Sheffield United (on loan from Manchester United)

First team appearances: 102 (none for United)

Kyle Walker-Peters – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

First team appearances: 17

Kyle Walker-Peters in action for the England Under-21s

Dael Fry – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Middlesbrough

First team appearances: 43

Jack Clarke-Salter – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Vitesse (on loan from Chelsea)

First team appearances: 46 (two for Chelsea)

Ryan Sessegnon – Defender/winger

Age: 18

Club: Fulham

First team appearances: 114

Ryan Sessegnon has made 114 appearances for Fulham despite being just 18

Tom Davies – Midfielder

Age: 20

Club: Everton

First team appearances: 86

Kieran Dowell – Midfielder

Age: 21

Club: Sheffield United (on loan from Everton)

First team appearances: 51 (five for Everton)

Demarai Gray – Winger

Age: 22

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 210 (including 78 for Birmingham)

Demarai Gray plays for Leicester

Phil Foden – Midfielder

Age: 18

Club: Manchester City

First team appearances: 33

Harvey Barnes – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 88 (15 for Leicester)

Dominic Solanke – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Bournemouth

First team appearances: 59 (five for Bournemouth)

Will Solanke get his chance at Bournemouth after a tough spell at Liverpool?

Substitutes who came on:

Ezri Konsa – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Brentford

First team appearances: 125 (39 for Brentford)

Jay Dasilva – Defender

Age: 20

Club: Bristol City (on loan from Chelsea)

First team appearances: 77 (none for Chelsea)

Dominic Clavert-Lewin – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Everton

First team appearances: 130 (87 for Everton)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin plays for Everton

Hamza Choudhury – Midfielder

Age: 21

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 45 (17 for Leicester)

Ademola Lookman – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Everton

First team appearances: 102 (42 for Everton)

James Maddison – Attacking midfielder

Age: 22

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 144 (31 for Leicester)

Fantasy Premier League tips: Transfer advice including Manchester United, Arsenal, and West Ham stars

24 Dec

One round of festive fixtures down, now its time for the Premier League’s Boxing Day feast.

And now more than ever you need to keep abreast of the latest information for your Fantasy Premier League team and talkSPORT.com is here to help.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was one of the top scoring players in the last gameweek.

Whether you’re a manager who reacts to in-form players, loves a bargain, or one who looks to predict the next big FPL thing, you need a bit of advice every now and again.

So who do you need to sell and sign this week? Here, talkSPORT.com has taken a good look at the form and fixtures and believe these are the best transfer tips around…

Out: Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) – £5.2m

After goals and an assist in games against Tottenham, Manchester United, and Huddersfield the tenacious midfielder has gone a little quiet again. He’s never likely to trouble the scorers too often so across the break he might not be too effective.

In: Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) – £5.4m

With two goals and three assists in his last five games, Snodgrass is really hitting his straps. You might see him become even more productive with games against Southampton, Burnley, and Brighton coming up.

Out: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – £6.9m

The England international is not only in a lean spell but now faces Tottenham, Manchester United, Watford, and Everton, which could see it continue for even longer.

In: Javier Hernandez (West Ham) – £6.5m

The Mexican is enjoying a run of starts for the Hammers and is playing himself into the FPL reckoning. A goal and two assists across his last three fixtures is enough for us to consider him for a game or two.

Out: Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) – £4.5m

Suspended until the next round of fixtures, if you can cope without him it’s recommended you don’t use a transfer but it’s worth noting he is out with teams likely to rotate.

In: Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £4.9m

We could see a lot more from the Red Devils star in the coming weeks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge. A potentially excellent run of fixtures also makes him tempting.

Out: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) – £6.7m

The Arsenal ace is now out injured so Mkhitaryan is useless for the festive fixtures, which is a shame after his goals against Southampton.

In: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) – £6.7m

Just 3.7 per cent of managers have the Red Devils ace who has three goals and an assist in his last two games. Man United face Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle next.

Out: Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) – £6.9m

Still around seven per cent of bosses have the Austrian in their team and if you’re one of them then you need to ditch the injured striker.

In: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – £5.3m

The centre forward has come back into the reckoning for the Toffees and looking pretty dangerous. Fixtures coming up include Burnley, Brighton, Leicester, Bournemouth, and Southampton so he could fill his boots, or at least offer a decent bench option.

England U21 7-0 Andorra U21: Young Lions in seventh heaven as they seal Euro 2019 spot

11 Oct

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s brace fired dominant England Under-21s to Euro 2019 as the Young Lions routed Andorra 7-0.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side, who only needed a point, booked their spot in Italy and San Marino with a game to spare following the cruise in Chesterfield.

Ademola Lookman, Ezri Konsa and Calvert-Lewin scored first-half goals to put England in total control as debutant Phil Foden also impressed.

Everton boys Calvert-Lewin and Lookman celebrate

Everton’s Calvert-Lewin added a fourth from the spot immediately after the break before substitutes Dominic Solanke and Reiss Nelson scored, with Christian Garcia’s own goal wrapping it up late on.

The Young Lions were beaten on penalties in the semi-final by Germany at Euro 2017 but they have now reached seven straight tournaments, going 34 games unbeaten in qualification.

The Group Four winners face Scotland on Tuesday with Boothroyd expected to make several changes as his planning for Euro 2019 begins.

It took England, who had already gone close through Dael Fry, just nine minutes to get on the road to the Championship.

The marauding Jonjo Kenny crossed for Everton team-mate Lookman, who turned in the area and fired low past Francisco Pires from 10 yards.

From then it was a stroll, with Dean Henderson a spectator in goal, against a side who had scored just once in qualifying.

Foden shot straight at Pires on 22 minutes and the goalkeeper needed to make a smart save from the midfielder’s teasing cross soon after.

He made another fine stop from Calvert-Lewin but the hosts doubled their lead when Brentford’s Konsa drilled in after Pires parried Lewis Cook’s long-range effort.

Winless Andorra never looked like troubling Henderson as they packed 10 men behind the ball to try to restrict the Young Lions.

Manchester City’s Foden impressed

But they failed to stop England adding a third before the break when Calvert-Lewin tapped in in stoppage time after Lookman beat Pires to the ball.

It then look just three minutes of the second half for the hosts to add a fourth when Calvert-Lewin emphatically scored from the spot after Konsa was tugged in the area.

England pressed for a fifth and Ryan Sessegnon’s header was cleared off the line before the underemployed Henderson had to be alert to deny Alex Martinez a surprise consolation.

Tom Davies hooked over from six yards after Pires went AWOL with 25 minutes left and Foden’s half volley was beaten away by Pires 10 minutes later.

Debutant Nelson, on as a substitute, also hit a post but Liverpool’s Solanke did add a fifth with nine minutes remaining when he latched onto Foden’s pass and rounded the goalkeeper to score.

Nelson then grabbed his first goal in stoppage time when his cheeky back-heel crept over the line and Garcia completed Andorra’s wretched night when he turned past his own goalkeeper.