FPL Team Preview: Sheff Utd
Sheffield performed over and beyond everyone’s expectations last season, finishing ninth and just missing out on European football. For a promoted team to be in the European contention for most of the season is a massive achievement, Chris Wilder managed his teams so very well and Blades faithful would have been extremely pleased for their performance.
This season I feel like Sheffield Unired are a huge unknown – the jury is out on whether they can come close to last season’s performance.
Last season Sheffield’s highest scorer in the FPL was Dean Henderson, but he has since returned to his parent club Manchester United. He played 36 games last season, missing the two games that against Man Utd. Ramsdale from relegated Bournemouth is the club’s replacement this term.
Lundstram was Sheff Utd’s best outfield player with 144 points. Sheff Utd had 8 players score over 100 points last season and most of these points came from keeping clean sheets – 7 of the 8 players were either goalkeeper or defenders,
Lundstram was a FPL defender last term but playing in midfield so he was a steal last season but unfortunately this season he is a midfielder so his value does drop a bit.
Sheffield’s opening 5 games are:
- Wolves (H)
- Aston Villa (A)
- Leeds United (H)
- Arsenal (A)
- Fulham (H)
If the Sheff Utd of last season turns up they could possibly get 7 or 9 points out of their first 5 games. They can possibly keep a few clean sheets against the newly promoted teams, so you could possibly choose one of the defenders from Sheff Utd.
The Blades can be very stingy in terms of conceding goals and may be able to hold teams to either one goal or keep clean sheets. If you’re looking for a defender you could pick anyone from the team’s defence.
Apart from that we don’t know who Chris Wilder will have as his first choice number 9 and we also don’t know if we will see Sander Berge and Lundstram in the same team. Let’s hope we get both in the same team to start the season and then we might see FPL managers have 3 Sheff Utd players in their teams again.
Ramsdale is a good shout but make sure you have another keeper on your bench for when Sheff Utd play the big boys so you can rotate. On the average, Sheff Utd conceded about a goal a game but this ratio may worsen this season.
Aaron Ramsdale (5.0): With Bournemouth Ramsdale scored 126 points last season, keeping 5 cleans sheets and pulling off 128 saves. Definitely considering him as my starting keeper. Currently in 7.5% of teams.
George Baldock (5.5): Another one of the defenders that can provide you with some value this season is Baldock. Scored the same amount of points as Enda Stevens (142) but he played every single minute of last season. Baldock also contributed the exact same stats as Stevens with 2 goals and 4 assists, while also being involved in the Blades 13 clean sheets. He’s in 5.8% of teams currently and I reckon that will be above 6.5% before the season starts.
John Egan (5.0): Currently in 17.4% of teams and for a good reason too, if Sheff Utd were to do what they did last season and keep plenty of clean sheets then having one or two Sheffield United defenders will be the way to go. Last season Egan scored 133 points from 3187 minutes. He scored 2 goals and contributed 1 assist while being involved in 13 clean sheets. He is one of the cheaper options in defence and is a proven scorer compared to the other 5.0m players. Definitely on my radar.
Enda Stevens (5.5): Only two points behind Lundstram with 142 points. He is currently in 6.0% of teams. He played 3345 minutes contributing 2 goals and 4 assists while being involved in 13 clean sheets. He is a little more expensive than John Egan which might put people off him but still any of the Blades defence would be valuable in your team if they produce what they did last season.
John Lundstram (5.5): Was a defender last season playing in the midfield and boy was he great. He was one of the biggest steals along with de Bruyne starting at 9.5m last year. Lunsdstram scored 144 points last season contributing 5 goals and 4 assists while being involved in 10 clean sheets. He was one of the first names on Chris Wilder’s team sheet until January when they bought in Sander Berge and Lundstram started games on the bench or was subbed before the 60th minute. This season he is midfielder so I don’t believe he is as much value as he was last season. He is currently in 13.3% of teams, will he produce what he did last season? Only time will tell.
Sander Berge (5.0): Came to Sheff Utd in January transfer window from Genk in Belgium. He was involved in 14 games playing 943 minutes scoring 1 goal and providing 1 assist. If he can somehow find his way into the team alongside Lundstram then these two defensive midfielders will provide fantasy coaches with some very valuable points. I do see Sander Berge getting close to that 100 points mark this season. He is currently 0.5% of teams.
Lys Mousset (6.0): Mousset only played just a touch over 1200 minutes scoring 84 points contributing 6 goals and 4 assists. If he plays over 2400 minutes then he should easily get 120 points, hopefully he is Wilder’s First choice striker. Just keep him in your watch list, he is currently in 0.6% of teams.
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