We know you have been spending the last 2 months sulking and feeling very lost on a weekend, but fret not! We are now just less than 3 weeks away from the start of the new Premier League season as well as the start of the Fantasy Premier League game. We first like to look at some neglected FPL players last term whom we think will get better game time this season and therefore should justify their fantasy value.
1. Hart, Joe [GK] (WHU, 4.5m)
A bit of a no-brainer here. Having been told that he has no future at Man City, Hart made a loan switch to the Hammers who also sold GK Darren Randolph to Middlesbrough for £5million dollars. We believe Hart will get the nudge ahead of Adrian who missed half of the previous season and is continuously being linked with a move away to Newcastle. At 4.5m, Hart is one of the most value-for-money goalkeepers likely to start regularly and to keep a clean sheet!
2. Trippier, Kieran [DEF] (TOT, 5.5m)
His appearances towards the tail end of last season kept Kyle Walker on the bench and gave Pochettino the confidence to sell Kyle Walker to rivals Man City. Having joined Spurs from Burnley in 2015, Trippier has been patient in biding for his time and learning from his peers and he was promptly rewarded with a new 5 year contract reputedly worth £70,000 a week this pre-season. He should be Spur’s first choice right back for this upcoming season and if Spurs continue with their fine form, then he should be a player to keep for the season. He contributed 5 assists in only 12 appearances in the previous season and impressed with his all-round play.
3. Ake, Nathan [DEF] (BOU, 5.0m)
After enjoying successful loan spells at Watford and subsequently, Bournemouth including scoring the winning goal in overturning a 3-1 deficit against Liverpool, Ake’s fantasy football season was cut short when he was called by Antonio Conte during the January transfer window to provide cover for Chelsea as they went on to secure their Premier League title. His outstanding performances at Bournemouth has not gone unnoticed by Eddie Howe who forked out a club record £20million to secure his services on a permanent basis. We expect him to start regularly and also chip in a goal or 2 occasionally.
4. Zouma, Kurt [DEF] (STO, 5.5m)
Another one of those Chelsea youngsters who impressed when they played but wasn’t given much game time last season as Conte relied on his tried and tested first eleven to win the title, Zouma only played 250 minutes last season in comparison to the 1918 minutes he clocked 2 seasons ago. He has since moved to Stoke on a loan move to get more playing time and we think that he would form a formidable combination with captain Ryan Shawcross.
5. Gundogan, Ilkay [MID] (MNC, 5.5m)
Whilst Man City has been spending big again, most of the signings this season seems to have been on defensive reinforcements as they look to strengthen their goalkeeping department as well as replenish their aging defence. One player who started the last season well but suffered a season ending knee cruciate ligament injury was Gundogan who is back in training and have been part of Man City’s preseason tour in the U.S. so far. Whilst he’s a bit of a risk, at 5.5m, he’s also a value-for-money midfielder to keep on the bench.
6. Rodriguez, Jay [FWD] (WBA, 6.0m)
Jay Rod was once one of the hottest properties in English football and actually made his England debut in 2013. However, he has suffered in his last 3 season at the Saints due to injuries, lack of playing time as well as being played out of position. Despite all those issues, he did still managed to chip in 5 goals in 9 starts for the Saints last season. This move to the Baggies could prove to be a masterstroke as the Baggies are in need of a more consistent frontman as Rondon had been blowing hot and cold last season and will also give Jay Rod more playing time. If he can chip in anything more than 10 goals, he will be a bargain at 6.0m and he has already demonstrated his scoring touch with an amazing goal in his debut in the Barclays Asia trophy.
7. Rooney, Wayne [FWD] (EVE, 7.5m)
His labored performances over the last season for the Red Devils has led many hardcore fans to ask for a swift exit for him in order not to lose his cult status amongst the United faithful. What better way to do that than to return to his boyhood club and one that is splurging on new found cash from its new owners? With the sale of Lukaku and probably the promise that Koeman gave to him, it is likely that Rooney will be able to get much more playing time that he enjoyed with the Red Devils in the last season. Similarly, Rooney has already showed his ex-employers what they were missing with an audacious long range effort in his debut for the Toffees during pre-season.
What do you think? Do you agree with our selections?