Top FPL Midfielders
Midfield is where the FPL points value has been for some seasons now. It is no surprise that the highest scoring player of the season has been a midfielder for the last five seasons.
Big hitters who could easily be classified as strikers – the likes of Salah, Mane, Sterling, among others – remain in midfield this season, so it will be difficult not to invest heavily in midfield at some point in the season. Yet, we know that every season there are bandwagons who will catch our eye. Therefore, I’ve selected five midfielders from different price brackets all of which, I believe, will have solid seasons.
Aubameyang (ARS | 12.0)
Had he been classified as a midfielder last season, he would have been scored more points than any other player excluding KDB and Salah. Even though he doesn’t shoot as much as Salah or Sterling or have as many big chances as the latter (29 and 33 respectively), his goal conversion makes him an explosive asset who doesn’t really need a fair amount of shots to capitalize his efforts; only Vardy was ahead of him in this department among all strikers, having scored 18 big chances to Aubameyang’s 7.
Such accuracy speaks volumes of his consistency in the Premier League.
Mohamed Salah (LIV | 12.0)
Salah is essential; when in doubt captain Salah; you will be hiding behind the couch if you don’t pick Salah. All of the previous statements have caused controversy among FPL players. I will not discuss how accurate they are, but one thing is for sure, Salah is at the heart of all them for good reasons.
No player has had more FPL involvements since his arrival in Liverpool. It is no surprise if we take a look at some of his stats. Last season he was top among all midfielders for big chances scored, goal attempts and shots inside the box, just to mention some of the categories he bossed. Along with such consistency, Salah is very well-known for being an explosive player – particularly at home, which makes him an ideal captain option especially because he’s a secure starter week in week out.
Kevin de Bruyne (MCI | 11.5)
Not much can be said about the Belgian that hasn’t been said before.
Named the Men’s PFA player of the year, the Belgian enters the season having equaled Thierry Henry’s record for assists in the Premier League. His creative traits are almost unique in the league and every minute he plays is a joy to watch. Such creativity is definitely translated into FPL points. He was last season top scorer in the game.
No player created as many big chances as Kevin de Bruyne (136) in the league. He surpassed second placed Jack Grealish (91) by quite a fair margin. Such number attest to the fact that the Belgian is, at least at the moment, in a league of his own when it comes to creativity.
James Rodríguez (EVE | 7.5)
The Colombian ace has been reunited with his former boss Carlo Ancelotti after joining Everton in what seems to be the most exciting signing for the blue side of Merseyside in perhaps the last decade.
The arrival of a World Cup Golden Boot winner is just what the doctor ordered for an Everton side that looked lacklustre during the post-restart games. Only Crystal Palace and Norwich had fewer big chances and goal attempts than Everton during that period. While it is true that Rodríguez has struggled with injuries in the recent past, his goal contribution is impressive when fit. When he played for Ancelotti he averaged one goal involvement per game, a fact that in FPL terms speaks volumes of his class and makes him look under-priced at 7.5.
Expected him to be in charge of all set pieces and likely to be on penalty duties, Rodríguez will boost the FPL potential of assets such as Dominic Calvert Lewin, Michael Keane and fellow national teammate Yerry Mina, all of whom offer big goal threat from his set-pieces.
Stuart Armstrong (SOU | 5.5)
While he is definitely a punt given his limited game time in the last two seasons, the Scottish international has promising stats that can be sustainable if he sees more minutes next season given the fact Hassenhuttl’s side has been very attacking recently. During the Project Restart period he had as many shots on target as the likes of Foden and Mahrez despite playing fewer minutes. He registered 2 goals and 3 assists during that period, which is very impressive if compared to players of his caliber.
While it is true that he has to compete with Boufal and possibly Smallbone, the former Celtic and Dundee Utd midfielder is a great option given his price. He is also a differential right now as he sits in only 2.2% of the squads.
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