Bologna’s season of survival may have been a success in the eyes of some or a long one in the eyes of others, but needless to say they achieved their primary ambition for survival. A big part of that has been the influence of their midfielders, and we will now take a look at just how their stars in the middle of the park performed for our fantasy managers who looked at I Rossoblu talent for inclusion in their squads.
The best performing Bologna player – in their midfield at least – was 24-year-old Czech Republic international Ladislav Krejci. The former Sparta Prague star, who joined the Italians in 2016, had a fine time of things for the club – at least in comparison to his colleagues!
He finished the campaign on 36 points – not too bad considering his 5.00m price tag. He only managed a single goal but provided eight assists from 33 starts and four sub appearances. A couple of bookings dragged his score down a tad, but not too much. His Price / Performance (P/P) score of 7.0 was pretty good too, but yet less than 1% of our fantasy managers had him in their squad. Krejci will surely be a name to look out for in next season’s game.
Just behind him in the points table, Saphir Sliti Taider managed 19. He finished some way behind Krejci, then, but did only manage 22 starts so that perhaps goes some way to explaining that. He was the most prolific goalscorer of Bologna’s midfield last season, nabbing thee goals. He was also valued at 5.00m, but his P/P score was obviously less at 4.6. He had more fantasy managers including him than his previously mentioned peer too, but there is still some room for improvement if he wants to make himself one of the better EuroFantasyLeague midfielders!
Federico Viviani and Godfred Donsah were the next two top points hitters, with 17 and 10 respectively. The interesting thing with these two, though, is that they were two of the slightly less regular first team players from the midfield. They managed 13 and 10 starts, and with 4.00m and 5.00m valuations they did well to keep up as much as they did with so much less game time to be honest.
Ádám Nagy – Bologna’s most highly priced midfielder in the EuroFantasyLeague game this season at 7.00m – disappointed. 22 starts and three sub appearances yielded a result of 10 points – level with Donsah, but with a higher price tag and more minutes on the pitch. His P/P score reflects his disappointment too – that finished at just 1.3.
To complete the roundup, Luca Rizzo finished bottom of the pile with just four points. Perhaps more impressively he managed this from just 12 appearances, only four of which were starts. His price tag of 3.50m certainly seems to fairly reflect his situation at the club, but there is still time for him to stamp his authority on the team sheet!
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