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5 budget midfielders to watch out for in the 2017/18 FPL season

Ilkay Gundogan celebrates

Anyone with even a year of Fantasy Premier League experience will vouch for the fact that midfielders are highly important to the squad. They get 5 points for each goal, are most likely to assist and also get points for clean sheets. Moreover, with this position offering the most players and the top ones being expensive, it becomes difficult choosing the right ones to fit in your squad. In this article, we look at some affordable midfielders which can propel your FPL teams to greater heights.

 

Nathan Redmond (Southampton, £6.5m)

With Southampton allotted the easiest bunch of fixtures at the beginning of the season, you shouldn’t think twice before choosing a midfielder from the Saints. Aged a youthful 23 and with a decent 8 goals to his name last season, he’ll be eager to start this season like he ended the last one. With 7 goals and a shot accuracy of 46% in the Premier League the last time around, Redmond looks like a steal at £6.5m. No wonder he has been obtained by 11.4% of the FPL managers already.

 

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United, £6m)

Newcastle were the most prolific team attack-wise, and also excellent defensively in the Championship. And it’s no doubt that Ritchie was key to the Magpies promotion back to the Premier League. He recorded 12 goals and 7 assists, along with a host of clean sheets last season. Moreover, he produced more shots than any of his team-mates, averaging an attempt every 31 minutes, which is also the most among anyone in the promoted teams. Oh, and it gets even better! He is also the set-piece taker for his club, and a damn good one. Priced at a mere £6m, slotting him in your FPL squad should be easy.

 

 

Tom Carroll (Swansea City, £4.5m)

Baby-faced Carroll is not as young as he looks. 25 years old now, he is entering the prime stage of his career. This seemed evident last season when he notched a goal and 2 assist for the Swans in 2017 when he moved from Tottenham. He also impressed in the latter stages of the Premier League. Averaging a pass accuracy of 82% last season, he might look like the man key for the Welsh team as the Premier League commences. £4.5m is an absolute bargain for a player of his calibre and would be a great addition for your bench, if not your starting 11. Snatch him up!

 

 

Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City, £5.5m)

A controversial decision and a risky move, but hear us out! Injured for so long, a lot of people have forgotten about what he has to offer. A defensive midfielder who offers an attacking threat, he scored 5 goals and notched 2 assists in just 16 appearances last season, including a double against Spanish giants Barcelona, which is just an example of what he can come up with when in form. With 12 chances created and a 92% pass accuracy in the Premier League last season, he might just be the guy who takes Pep’s men to the next level. Almost match fit, and with City’s decent run of starting fixtures, this risky move might just be fruitful for those who select him.

 

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Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth, £6m)

A player surprisingly selected by just 1% of the FPL managers up to this point, the Bournemouth midfielder can be a prolific addition to your squad. With a pleasant 7 goals and 5 assists in 21 games in the Premier League last season, he is one of Bournemouth’s premier attacking threats. He notched up a lot of bonus points in 2017 too. Also a set-piece taker in some instances, 6 million seems like an affordable price tag for the 27-year-old.

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