Hey lads Matt again, this time I will be hunting down some bargains which could make the difference come the end of the season. It is these calls that will separate you from the bunch and that’s where I’m here to help! Today I will be assessing value for money amongst the midfielders. Let’s have a look:
Take note that I have covered a lot of these players in previous articles so I will try to find some other bargains that may not have previously come up, still expect guys like Sinclair, Walters, Pienaar, Noble to be good, these are just some other great options to take note of.
Taarabt – (6.0) A bit of a dark horse at this stage, mainly because of his lacklustre campaign last season. However he did finish the year off on a high and is gradually seeing his attacking returns improve while he adapts to the EPL. Playing in the much loved ‘hole’ behind QPR’s striker he is set to explode this year and could potentially be massive. On free kick duties also he has great scoring potential, and with a keen eye for goal there is no doubt he has the ability to shine in the EPL. Take into account QPR’s big budget signings as well as great pre-season form watch out for this guy to explode.
Ben Arfa – (7.5) Another dark horse although he is a little more popular, but still under what you would expect for such a talented player. After his first full season in the EPL last year he could be another to explode into a breakout year this season. He will also get a share in free kick duties so he has great potential, he showed us this by scoring 5 and assisting 7 in just under half a season of game time, scoring 100 points! Be careful though, he has been unfit during pre-season and is a doubt to start the season after suffering injuries in his previous 2 campaigns. Considering Newcastle’s draw and his fitness levels maybe shy away to start the season, but watchlist for sure because once he arrives and fixtures clear up watch out, he will be massive.
Guthrie – (4.5) A nice cheapy here priced at the minimum 4.5. This has caught the eye of a few managers as he has proven that he has scoring capabilities at Newcastle in the past, more than I can say for a lot of others at his price. With a starting role almost certain he could be a potential steal to cover on your bench for the majority of the season. Considering reading’s first up double he could be a great option to start with, then maybe look at someone like Noble depending on his returns. Lock and load for GW1.
Nolan – (6.0) Now here’s a man that caught my eye when the prices were first released, yet has since slipped under the radar. He has proven himself already in the top flight, scoring 12 and assisting 2 in his last EPL campaign with Newcastle two seasons ago. Playing just 2651 minutes he scored 140 points so at 6.0 he could be a bargain! Will be a locked on starter for West Ham, so it will be interesting to see how he starts. With West Ham’s fairly easy first up run however I feel he may burst out of the blocks, so definitely consider for the start of the season. Great option as a POD.
Moses - (7.0) Finally we get to Victor. Having his breakout season last year scoring 6 and assisting 6 for 140 points. However it can be noted that most of this came late on in the season as Wigan began to hit their straps. If he can maintain that kind of form from start to finish he could be huge, but he is the type of player that can play a massive one and then go missing. At 7.0 I feel there are better options out there, but as a POD he could be a potential snare if he continues last season’s form. Keep an eye out in pre-season, he looks like he may just be hitting his straps. Mixed bag of fixtures so Wigan’s form could be the key, risky but has the potential to go one better this season.
That’s it from me today, I will have another edition finding some more Bargains in the forward line as well as another news wrap later in the week. For now follow me @MattCraigDT and keep up with all the action @FPLaddicts. Just remember, only 10 days to go! Cheers.