I’m back again, this time for the last installment of the most popular midfielders. For those of you who are unaware I am looking at the most selected players and dissecting whether they’re worth getting or whether people are just jumping on the % owned bandwagon – lets see who there is shall we!
Robert Snodgrass – The Norwich playmaker was very good last year for the Canaries and its shown with him being selected in 15.6% of teams. Snodgrass scored 6 and assisted 9 last season, which resulted in 152 overall points. A great effort for a mid-price player. Norwich have a very good first 6 weeks, playing Everton (H), Hull City (A), Southampton (H), Tottenham (A), Aston Villa (H) and Stoke (A). If Norwich are to start well, Snodgrass will be involved. The beauty of him is that he’s on Free Kick duties. If you’re looking for points from your midfielders then look to bring in set piece and penalty takers. Snodgrass scored a few free kicks last year and often assisted as well. At just 6.5m Snodgrass will be a fantastic pick, especially with Norwich’s opening 6 weeks. I definitely won’t rule him out as an option, especially if you’re trying to fit both Bale and Van Persie in your teams. If so then Snodgrass could just be your man!
Miguel Michu – Last years hero is now in his second season in the EPL and will be looking to replicate that form, if not top it! Michu is in 14% of teams which is somewhat low considering his heroic performance from last year. Michu scored 18 times and assisted 3 which totaled his score to 190. He was simply amazing last year, scoring a brace on debut and never looking back. Swansea have recently signed Wilfred Bony but I don’t think this will affect Michu’s potential. Bony is a renowned scorer and something that will no doubt help Swansea, after Danny Graham failed to make an impact last campaign. Michu will sit behind Bony ‘in the hole’, which is supposedly his favourite position. I can see him being a good pick this year but there are definitely other options out there. Swansea face Manchester United (H), Tottenham (A), West Brom (A) and Liverpool (H) in the first month. I would be staying clear of Michu especially over this month. Reassess after these tough fixtures and see how Michu is travelling – if playing well, bring him in!
Jack Colback – The ginger ninja from Sunderland is in an incredible 11.8% of teams. Considering Colback didn’t manage to score or assist last year I find that somewhat amazing at the amount of teams he is in. But I now understand, Colback is only priced at 4.5m and managed to play 2813 minutes for the Black Cats. His scoring doesn’t scream Fantasy material, especially starting X1 material, but does scream good bench cover. Colback can sit at M5 and be a reliable starter for Sunderland. The Black Cats actually have a relatively moderate first month, facing Fulham (H), Southampton (A), Crystal Palace (A) and Arsenal (H). But considering Colback didn’t manage to score or assist last year I wouldn’t be relying on him to generate points. If you’re desperate then have him on your bench as he can be handy cover, but I wouldn’t suggest starting him! Personally I’d choose Thomas over him at M5.
Marouane Fellaini – Last year Fellaini was a fantastic member of my team… Until Moyes started playing him as a holding midfielder. That really hurt his scoring after a fantastic start to the year. Fellaini clearly had his best year in the Premier Leauge, notching up 168 points including 11 goals and 7 assists. Before he was turned into a CDM Fellaini was involved in everything Everton did going forward. He was a frightening presence in the 18 yard box and was often on the end of corners/set pieces. Everton have a solid early run, facing Norwich (A), West Brom (H), Cardiff (A) and Chelsea (H) in the first month. Oviously Moyes has vacated the manager role, leaving Martinez to fill his boots. What will this mean for Fellaini? It’s hard to tell at this stage. However with Everton’s very good early run Mirallas should be a better, cheaper option. If he is playing as a CAM then definitely look to bring him in, because Fellaini has the ability to absolutely destroy teams. Keep a close eye on him!
Santi Cazorla – Who would’ve thought that 10.0m priced Arsenal playmaker, Santi Cazorla is somewhat of a POD at this stage of pre-season planning. Cazorla is only in 10% of teams which is surprising for a player who scored a mammoth 205 points in his first season in the Premier League. Cazorla scored 12 times with 13 assists in his debut year for the Gunners and was simply fantastic. Arsenal have a very, very good early run facing Aston Villa (H), Fulham (A), Tottenham, (H), Sunderland (A), Stoke (H), Swansea (A), West Brom (A) and Norwich (H) in the first 2 months. There is no doubt Cazorla will be involved in Arsenal’s scoring and will be pivotal in gaining maximum points from all these games. He hasn’t featured in a friendy thus far but don’t worry, he’ll be raring to go soon. Like Mata, Cazorla has a Spain appearance days before the season opener so is in some doubt whether he will face Villa. If not he should be right for Fulham the week after – if Arsenal are going well, so will Cazorla, so definitely consider bringing him in.
Well that wraps up the midfielders, next up is forwards. Make sure you keep an eye on friendlies and how everyone is performing. Also look to bring in Mata/Cazorla after there stint for Spain.