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 once you’ve signed up.
So which defenders should you be looking at if you need to save some pennies? Find out our top Dream Team tips below.
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Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) – £2.5m
Only one shot-stopper averaged over 7/10 on WhoScored.com, and that was Polish ace Fabianski.
He might not get heaps of clean sheets, although this could improve with additions to the Hammers, squad but he’s a steady point-scorer.
Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £2.0m
The Portugal international had a fine first season in the Premier League and should do well again under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Ralf Fahrmann (Norwich City) – £1.0m
Landing a goalkeeper on loan with eight Bundesliga seasons under their belt is impressive for a newly-promoted side.
Sure, he was displaced at Schalke last season by talented youngster Alexander Nübel but he should be a fine performer at a cheap price.
Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – £2.0m
The Magpies are facing a tough campaign ahead and if he remains at St James’ Park then the Slovakian is likely to be a key star.
He’s been a fine signing and could almost certainly earn himself a big move if he is on top form again in 2019/20.
Matt Targett (Aston Villa) – £1.5m
Having never had a full season as a starting player, Targett has joined the Villans for £15m.
But, he did get three assists and a goal last term as he made 16 appearances for the Saints, which isn’t too shabby.
Targett is set to play a major role for Dean Smith and he could offer cheap points.
Lewis Dunk (Brighton) – £2.0m
A move to Leicester City appears to be in the works if Harry Maguire joins Manchester United this summer.
Dunk is good for a few goals a season, while last year was the first time he hasn’t averaged more than 7/10 on WhoScored.
Playing for a bigger club is also likely to see an increase in clean sheets – the Foxes got 10 compared to Brighton’s seven in 2018/19.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £2.5m
The Red Devils’ standing may have fallen and the ex-Saint might not quite have fulfilled the potential he once showed but he’s a bargain on Dream Team.
If he remains fit all season he should improve on the one goal and four assists he got last-term.
He also got 14 WhoScored ratings of 7/10 or more, which will come in handy.
Aston Villa’s promotion to the Premier League was met with jubilant celebrations and sighs of relief from large sections of the West Midlands.
Dean Smith’s side beat Derby County 2-1 at Wembley to end a three-year exile from the top flight, but the boyhood Villa fan instantly set about building a squad capable of staying up as soon as the champagne had dried off his suit.
Club-record signing Wesley Moraes is expected to be confirmed on July 1 once work permit issues have been ratified, with the 17-goal striker making his £22million move from Club Brugge official.
Smith is still working hard to bring Tyrone Mings back to the club, with the Daily Express claiming the Villans want to add six more signings to their squad.
Jack Butland of Stoke is an option in goal, with Ethan Ampadu, Leeds star Kalvin Phillips and Brentford winger Said Benrahma also under consideration.
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With John McGinn and Jack Grealish set to stay after superb seasons in the Championship, Villa could quite easily have a squad capable of challenging for a top half finish in the Premier League.
So how could Smith’s starting XI for next season look? Check it out below.
Last season, Smith alternated between a 4-3-3 formation and a 4-4-1-1, depending on who the opposition was. If, for instance, they were playing a more defensive team at home, Smith would drop Grealish back into midfield alongside McGinn and Glenn Whelan.
This would allow Villa to attack from deep and get their playmakers on the ball to create chances for former loanee Tammy Abraham up front and then supply into the wide areas where the full backs were given license to roam past their inverted wingers.
While Whelan and Neil Taylor performed dutifully last year, the introduction of Phillips into midfield and Matt Targett from Southampton at left-back adds greater mobility to the side.
If, however, they play sides who expect to dominate the ball and will try to pass Villa to death, Smith can implement a 4-4-1-1 formation to solidify his team, with Grealish playing in a more advanced role to feed off scraps from the lone striker.
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