The 2017/18 season of the Premier League is a couple of weeks old now, and while some sides have leapt out of the gates at blazing speeds others have sauntered out at little more than a meaningless wander.
In this spotlight, we will be taking a look at Premier League midfielders – how they have done so far, and whether they could be worthy of consideration for inclusion in our fantasy managers’ teams this season. Only a handful will be picked individually for your consideration, and so with that, let’s get down to it!
Paul Pogba has been the highest hitter as far as points scoring goes so far, with 13 from just his first two appearances. Now, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that is a great start, but his 11.00m valuation rates him among the more expensive midfielders in England’s top flight. He may be a worthy addition considering his prowess for the points, but it may be that he would stretch the budget just a little bit too far perhaps.
Pogba is slightly ahead of Henrik Mkhitaryan, his Man United team mate. Mkhitaryan has 12 points – itself a great tally – and his more reasonable 8.50m valuation means he may have been the better addition of the two in these early stages of the season. Whether or not that proves the case between now and May is, of course, another matter – but Mkhitaryan has done very well so far.
Turning our heads to additions with more of an eye on value for money, now. West Brom midfielders Matthew Phillips and Chris Brunt have both proven worthy members of your fantasy team if you are one of the 1% to have selected the latter, and their price tags of 6.00m and 4.50m respectively put them right up at the top of the bargain table, to be sure.
Dusan Tadic could be a worthy consideration too. The Southampton star has managed five points from the first two games, but has proven over the course of the last few seasons that he really is a big name for Saints. He is there to dictate the play when required, and he pops up with some good goals as well. While he may not exactly be a 20 goal-per-season player, he will always offer a return of a few. His 5.50m valuation makes him a decent name to throw into your starting XI.
Abdoulaye Doucouré has done well so far for Watford, as well. He has amassed six points already, owing to one goal scored and one clean sheet featured in. He won’t have too much of a dent on your transfer budget either – any scratch the size of 3.50m is a no-brainer if he can continue racking up a decent points return.
The final recommendation here comes from Merseyside. Idrissa Gueye is a player of real class in Everton’s team, and while he only has two points so far that will almost certainly start to increase at a nice pace if he can get plenty of time on the pitch this season. His 5.00m price tag makes him a slightly riskier inclusion than Doucouré as far as the money goes, but one wouldn’t be blamed for fancying Everton to have a better season overall than Watford. Gueye would be the recommendation of the week in this one.