Fantasy Premier League tips: The 30 best bargains you should sign for your team

28 Jun

It’s that time of year again as the Fantasy Premier League is up and running once more.

Managers around the world will be trying to build an FPL squad using the £100million budget handed to them.

They will want to pick some of the world-class talents available, even if they’re all very expensive.

This means bosses need to pick up the odd bargain to balance their 15-man selection.

It can be tricky as you want a cheap star but also need them to step up should one of your main men fall foul, whether it be through injury, suspension, or just rotation.

So, who are the best Fantasy Premier League bargains this season? Find out below.

Goalkeepers

Mathew Ryan (Brighton) – £4.5m

The Australian goalkeeper has showcased his talents in the Premier League and is a reliable option at a low fee.

Under new manager Graham Potter you would expect improvements from the Seagulls and that hopefully means more clean sheets for Ryan.

Angus Gunn (Southampton) – £4.5m

The ex-Manchester City goalkeeper became a regular for the Saints at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

He looks set to continue as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s No.1 so could be a useful player to have in rotation with a top shot-stopper.

Gunn is set to have his first full season as the Saints’ No.1
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Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £5m

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side almost gatecrashed the top six in their first season back in the Premier League.

With some reinforcements they could do similar in 2019/20 and Patricio is the reliable goalkeeper to help them do just that.

He will want more than the nine clean sheets he claimed last year, though.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – £5.5m

This could be even better when his move to Manchester United goes through.

He’s already an outstanding defensive full-back and if he can develop a better game in the final third then the Red Devils could have an outrageous talent on their hands.

FPL managers, meanwhile, could have a tonne of points.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in line to become the world’s most expensive full-back
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Michael Keane (Everton) – £5.5m

One of the best players in the Premier League when it comes to winning aerial duels, the Toffees ace hasn’t quite got amongst the goals as he might have liked in previous campaigns.

When Burnley were promoted to the top-flight in 2015/16 he netted five times and could hit those heights again if he stays injury free.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – £5.5m

Now a fully fledged England international, the Foxes ace got four assists last season but didn’t get on the scoresheet once.

Another season of development might see those figures increase in 2019/20 and if so you’ll want him in your team.

Chilwell has committed his future to Leicester
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.5m

He’s still not quite the player he looked like he could become as a teenager but in a decent season he proved effective in terms of goal contributions.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s feet firmly under the table he may well kick on like Chilwell.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – £5.5m

Listed as a defender this season, we reckon he’s more likely to move forward into midfield again under whoever replaces Rafael Benitez.

This means he’s likely to earn more points than ever before given he can now get extra marks for clean sheets.

Fabian Schar (Newcastle United) – £5m

Another Magpies star you might want to consider is Swiss ace Schar.

Last season he notched some sensational goals and was a real rock at the back too. Hopefully the uncertainty around the club won’t affect him too much.

Fabian Schar has impressed at both ends of the pitch for Newcastle
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Max Aarons (Norwich City) – £4.5m

Wanted by numerous clubs now, Aarons will be a bargain even if he stays with the Canaries.

He won’t get anything like the two goals and six assists he claimed in the Championship but if he gets close you will have got decent haul from a cheap player.

Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £4.5m

Finally proving himself under Hasenhuttl, Bednarek’s next move will be to get into dangerous areas at set-pieces.

The Polish ace is an excellent aerial combatant and could add goals to his game in 2019/20.

Bednarek has flourished under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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Ryan Fredericks (West Ham) – £4.5m

The pacy full-back finally settled in east London towards the end of last year.

He’s looking more involved in the final third and should see a big jump in production this season.

Midfielders

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £6m

Villa’s skipper and midfield maestro, he’s guaranteed goals and assists as he targets a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.

He could really hit his straps with wise additions by manager Dean Smith around him and an injury free campaign.

Villa need talisman Jack Grealish to hit the ground running next season
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – £6m

He’s not the most glamorous pick in the world given his current club but he fits the team perfectly at a young age and he’s reaping the rewards.

McNeil quietly racked up nine goal contributions and will no doubt get more next season as he plays more often under Sean Dyche having established himself fully.

Harvey Barnes (Leicester) – £6m

He didn’t quite make the impact many thought he would having returned from a fine loan spell with West Brom.

Barnes will have learnt from his Premier League experiences at the end of last season, though, and could be primed for a breakout season.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £6m

Many feel the Guinea international didn’t quite show his full repertoire last season having contributed goals and assists aplenty while with RB Leipzig.

It’s been a steep learning curve at Anfield but he looked to be improving before injury curtailed his campaign in 2018/19.

If he sparks into form you will want to have him stashed in your squad.

Naby Keita has had a slow start to life at Anfield
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Miguel Almiron (Newcastle) – £6m

Starring for Paraguay at the Copa America will do him the world of good after a promising start to life on Tyneside.

We could see big things from him at St James’ Park if things really click.

Emil Buendia (Norwich) – £6m

The Argentine winger was a hit in the Championship with eight goals and 12 assists for the title winners.

Four of the goals he created were from set-pieces which should tempt you in.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s spot back at the Championship’s summit
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Phil Foden (Manchester City) – £5.5m

With David Silva now officially leaving at the end of 2019/20, it’s a fair bet Foden will be get a lot more time on the pitch. He’s a risk but one which could pay off.

Onel Hernandez (Norwich) – £5.5m

On the opposite flank to Buendia, Hernandez got eight goals and nine assists in the second tier and while a similar output can’t be expected he could get you some cheap points.

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich) – £5.5m

If the German quickly gets his relationship with Teemu Pukki up to speed again then Norwich and FPL players will be laughing all the way to glory.

Joao Moutinho (Wolves) – £5.5m

It took the Portuguese ace a while to get going last season but ended with eight assists, his highest total in several years. He’s worth another punt.

Joao Moutinho was a revelation for Wolves towards the back end of the campaign
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Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) – £5m

Whether from crosses or set-pieces, the midfielder is a dangerman and might be the Blades best hope in some games.

Declan Rice (West Ham) – £5m

Who would bet against the young England international getting a few more goals in 2019/20? Not us. He is an almost certain starter but don’t expect him to get many assists.

Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium
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Leander Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Another aerially dominant ace, the Belgian quietly became a top pick at Wolves last term and could well up his production this season.

Forwards

Chris Wood (Burnley) – £6.5m

You might not believe it but the New Zealand international got 10 goals last term and with McNeil out wide for a full campaign he might get even more in 2019/20.

Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) – £6.5m

Now a forward in FPL, Deulofeu is set to partner Troy Deeney up top again for the Hornets.

He’s another player who will be dreaming of an injury free year to help him reach the next level.

Gerard Deulofeu during the FA Cup final against Manchester City
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Diogo Jota (Wolves) – £6.5m

The Portuguese star did well alongside Raul Jimenez and while there is a chance Wolves could bring in another forward he’s likely to get minutes off the bench if not as a starter.

Danny Ings (Southampton) – £6m

Struck down by injuries at unfortunate times, Ings seems like he suits Hasenhuttl’s football.

He could get back to his best under the Austrian if he stays fit.

Danny Ings’ loan move from Liverpool to Southampton was one of the big moves on deadline day last summer but injuries have stopped him making an impact so far
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Jonathan Kodija (Aston Villa) – £5.5m

If you’re going all-out with your team and need a dirt cheap third forward, the Ivorian might well be your man.

Tammy Abraham isn’t likely to return on loan but Wesley Moraes has arrived so he won’t start most matches but as a substitute he might pop up with goals and points.

The players Premier League clubs wish they could have back as Gareth Bale looks set to snub return to Tottenham

16 May

Gareth Bale is reportedly in no rush to re-join Tottenham in the summer despite being unwanted at Real Madrid.

Spurs could potentially give the Wales international a way out but he appears in no hurry to go back to his former club.

Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid in the summer
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Fans of the north London club would no doubt want to see one of their best former players return, even if it is only on loan with a £10million fee.

A first XI with Bale, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son could help fire them towards that Premier League title race next season, even if Christian Eriksen were to move the other way to Madrid.

But what about the rest of the teams in the Premier League – who are the players they wish they could have back.

Arsenal – Serge Gnabry

The Gunners sold the midfielder to Werder Bremen for just £5million in 2016 because he found first-team opportunities limited.

Bayern Munich signed him just a year later and he has gone on to be one of their best players this season as they won the Bundesliga.

Serge Gnaby has emerged as a key player for Bayern Munich
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The German club look likely to make a number of changes during the summer with the midfield set to be built around the likes of Gnabry and Thiago.

Bournemouth – Matt Ritchie

The Cherries sold Ritchie to Newcastle in 2016 for around £10million as he dropped back down to the Championship.

He won promotion back to the Premier League with the Magpies and has gone on to be one of their key players.

This season he has found himself at left-back because of injuries and performed well.

Matt Ritchie has been played at left-back for Newcastle this season

Brighton – Oliver Norwood

The midfielder has been promoted from the Championship for the last three seasons with Brighton, Fulham and Sheffield United respectively.

His permanent move to the Blades was only made in January but has been an impressive figure in their midfield.

The 28-year-old was also named in the PFA Championship team of the year.

Oliver Norwood was named in the Championship team of the season
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Burnley – Michael Keane

Burnley signed the central defender for around £2million in 2015 following a season long loan. He helped them get promoted back to the Premier League in his first season as a permanent player.

Everton were able to prise Keane away from Turf Moor for around £30million and has the potential to be one of the best central defenders in the league.

Michael Keane was signed by Everton for £30million
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Cardiff – Aaron Ramsey

The midfielder came through the youth system at the Welsh club but played just 22 times before being sold to Arsenal for £4.8million in 2008.

The 28-year-old spent 11 seasons with the Gunners racking up 369 appearances and three FA Cups before being let go on a free transfer this summer.

Aaron Ramsey has left Arsenal to join Juventus on a free transfer

He will join Serie A giants Juventus ahead of next season and will become one of the highest paid British players ever.

Chelsea – Mohamed Salah

Take your pick with the players Chelsea who have gone on to thrive after being sold by the Blues.

The one who has made the most impact over the last two seasons is Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Mo Salah has been one of the best players in the world over the last two seasons

The 26-year-old was sold to Roma in 2016 for just £13.5million but just a year later moved to the Reds.

Two consecutive Premier League golden boots and back-to-back Champions League finals show it was a bit of a mistake letting him go.

Crystal Palace – Glenn Murray

He may be 35-years-old but Murray has shown he can still score goals in the Premier League.

The striker struggled in the top flight with Palace as he managed just eight Premier League goals in 33 games.

Glenn Murray has scored 25 Premier League goals over the last two seasons
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Murray has managed 12 and 13 goals in the last two seasons and with that return he would have been Roy Hodgson’s top goalscorer.

Everton – Gerard Deulofeu

The Toffees paid around £4.2million for the forward in 2015 but returned to Barcelona two years later when they activated a buy-back clause.

Watford signed the 25-year-old on a permanent deal  at the start of this season and he has thrived with the Premier League club scoring 10 league goals.

Gerard Deulofeu helped Watford reach the FA Cup final
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Fulham – Moussa Dembele

The striker netted 15 times in the 2015/16 Championship season before getting a move to Celtic.

Two years at the Scottish club, with 51 goals in 94 games, saw him win back-to-back domestic trebles.

The 22-year-old signed for Lyon at the start of this season and netted 17 times in 40 games and he’s now being linked with Manchester United.

He surely would have fired the Cottagers to safety this season.

Moussa Dembele has scored 17 times for Lyon this season
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Huddersfield – Tom Ince

The winger played just one season at Huddersfield before being sold to Stoke City for £10million.

With their relegation back to the Championship for next season, they may wish to have a player like Ince to call upon.

Tom Ince was signed by Stoke for £10million
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Leicester – N’Golo Kante

The midfielder was signed from Caen for just £5.6million and he was instrumental in leading them to the Premier League title in 2016.

Chelsea bought the 28-year-old for around £32million and won the league in his first season with the Blues.

N’Golo Kante helped Leicester win the Premier League title
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Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian was a key member of Liverpool’s squad and was twice voted as the club’s player of the year.

He was sold for a deal worth up to £142million in January 2018 but has struggled to settle at Barcelona since the transfer.

Coutinho would give the Reds extra depth to their frontline if he returned.

The Brazil international made a £145m move to Spain with huge expectations
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Manchester City – Jadon Sancho

The highly-talented teenager is regarded as one of the best prospects in world football and has shined at Borussia Dortmund this season.

The German club signed Sancho from City in 2017 for just £8million because of the lack of first team opportunities.

Transfer fees of around £100million have been reported for the winger this summer.

Jadon Sancho signed for Borussia Dortmund for just £8million
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Manchester United – Wilfried Zaha

United have spent hundreds of millions on transfers over the past few seasons and there are few players they would like to have back.

One who fans may want to see get a second chance is Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Wilfried Zaha has consistently been one of Crystal Palace’s best players
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He was signed for around £10million in January 2013 but only made four appearances before being sold back to the South London club.

Newcastle United – Georgino Wijnaldum

Newcastle sold the midfielder for around £23million in 2016 following their relegation.

He has since been a key member of Liverpool’s squad under Jurgen Klopp and most recently scored twice in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice in Liverpool’s Champions League win over Barcelona
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Southampton – Gareth Bale

Southampton’s revered academy has produced some top Premier League talent including Luke Shaw, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

One player who tops the lot is Gareth Bale who has gone on to be a star with Real Madrid and helped them win four Champions League titles.

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Tottenham – Gareth Bale

Likewise with Southampton, Spurs may wish they could have kept hold of Bale for a little longer.

His 2012/13 season for them was sensational with 21 goals in 33 league games. The 28-year-old picked up the player of the season award and a world record transfer fee of £85.3million.

Gareth Bale’s time in Madrid has turned sour
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Watford – Richarlison

The forward impressed in his lone season for Watford last year scoring five times while adapting to the Premier League.

Everton tempted him away with a deal worth up to £50million and netted 13 goals this season.

Richarlison is a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park
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West Ham – Dimitri Payet

The attacking midfielder was a popular figure with the Hammers during his two seasons at the club but angered some fans with the way he left.

He was sold for £25million in January 2017 to Marseille and last season finished runner-up in the Europa League.

Dimitri Payet left West Ham on a sour note

Wolves – Wayne Hennessey

It is hard to pick a player who Wolves would want back, especially after their incredible season. They seem to be signing quality players without losing any.

One who could still do a job for them in the Premier League is goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who played 166 times for the club.

Wayne Hennessey played 166 times for Wolves

Now at Crystal Palace, he has the experience that would provide competition for Rui Patricio and John Ruddy.

PFA Championship Team of the Year: Leeds United and Norwich City have three players in XI while Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham also included

24 Apr

Leeds United and Norwich City both had three players named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

Canaries striker Teemu Pukki had already picked up the Player of the Year crown and was named with team-mates Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis in the best XI, chosen by fellow players.

Teemu Pukki is the Championship’s top scorer
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Pukki has scored 28 goals since joining on a free transfer from Brondby in the summer.

Norwich need just a point at home to Blackburn on Saturday to secure promotion back to the Premier League.

Leeds United’s centre-back duo of Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper were named in the team along with Pablo Hernandez.

Pablo Hernandez has been in fine form for Leeds
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Hernandez’s absence from the EFL’s Championship team of the year raised a few eyebrows at the time.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are three points behind Sheffield United with two games to go and are relying on Chris Wilder’s side to slip up.

The Blades have two players in the XI – Oliver Norwood and Billy Sharp.

The PFA Championship team of the year

Norwood was on loan from Brighton before making the move permanently in January while Sharp has notched 23 league goals this season.

Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham is also in the side after impressive performances for Aston Villa where he has scored 25 times.

Team-mate Jack Grealish is also included, despite missing three months of the season through injury.

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Villa have won 10 straight games to all but secure themselves a play-off spot.

The team is completed by Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph where he has helped his side to the joint best defensive record in the league.

One notable absentee is Birmingham City striker Che Adams, who was on the shortlist for player of the season.

The players will be honoured at the PFA’s annual awards ceremony in London on Sunday, April 28.

PFA Championship Team of the Year 2019: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Max Aarons (Norwich), Liam Cooper (Leeds), Pontus Jansson (Leeds), Jamal Lewis (Norwich), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United), Pablo Hernandez (Leeds), Billy Sharp (Sheffield United), Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa), Teemu Pukki (Norwich).

Championship team of the year: Alternative XI, according to statistics with Leeds United, Norwich City and Sheffield United all represented

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The players named in the Championship team of the season were revealed by the EFL on Tuesday and some eyebrows were raised after some notable omissions.

The player of the year shortlist was also announced with Birmingham’s Che Adams, Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp and Norwich striker Teemu Pukki all up for the top award.

Norwich City forward Teemu Pukki

The official team of the year announced was as follows: Darren Randolph, Max Aarons, Reece James, Liam Cooper, Jamal Lewis, Kalvin Phillips, Oliver Norwood, Jarrod Bowen, Che Adams, Teemu Pukki and Billy Sharp.

Leeds United fans were dismayed that Pablo Hernandez was not named in that team despite scoring 10 goals and registering 11 assists.

Liam Cooper was one of three players to be in both teams of the year

But the EFL have been validated, which is bad news for Leeds fans, because he is also not in the Championship’s best XI, according to WhoScored’s ratings.

The WhoScored and the EFL teams of the season differ wildly and there are just three players who make it to both.

Just two Norwich City players make it into that team despite their club being top-of-the-table while Sheffield United have just one representative.

Two of the players who are nominated for the player of the year prize, Adams and Sharp, have not even made it in the team.

The WhoScored.com current team of the year

The team above is not final, unlike the EFL one, with players still able to force their way into the side with some good performances in the final eight games of the season.