La Liga Attacker Spotlight


With the brand new season of La Liga now in it’s embryonic stages, many questions loom over one of the biggest leagues in Europe. Can Real Madrid go on to lift their 34th league title? Can Barcelona move away from the petulant image they’ve portrayed since Neymar’s departure for Paris? Can Atletico bridge the rather large gap last season left between themselves and the two aforementioned giants?

The answer to all of these questions is, of course a resounding yes – they can all achieve those targets. None are mutually exclusive either – all three could be completed as much as none of them may be. Of course, especially in the case of the two Madrid clubs’ aspirations in relation to those questions, a key element of their campaign will focus around their attacking force. It is now time, therefore, to take a look at some La Liga attackers who our fantasy managers would do well to consider throwing into their first team.

Of course, as there has only been a single round of games played at the time of writing it is still very early doors, but one or two attackers are standing out following an impressive opening weekend.

Former Middlesbrough striker Cristhian Stuani tops the list at present, getting his Girona career off to a belter. His very first start for the club saw him bagging a brace in the 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid – certainly no mean feat there. So far, that has been his only appearance – but his price tag of 7.00m means he might just be worth a second look if your remaining budgets stays even a shade over that figure. He earned seven points from that game, after all.

Barcelona star Gerard Deulofeu – another former Premier League attacker from his time with Everton – returned to his boyhood club when the Catalans activated their buyback clause for him. He has made one start so far, but managed to bag himself two points as he provided the assist which lead to Alin Tosca’s own goal to put Barcelona ahead in what was ultimately a 2-0 win against Real Betis.

Deulofeu’s good spell in England has acclimatised many to his style of play, and indeed it could prove to be a great fit in the Barcelona team. At just 2.50m, he seems a bit of a snip – especially considering his chances of adequate game time went up massively with Neymar’s world record departure.

Levante star José Luis Morales is another player worth looking at. He’s managed to earn four points already, with a valuation of only 4.50m. The problem here will be whether or not he can find a suitable supply line from the Levante midfield, but should it all gel then there are far worse players for consideration than Morales. Deployed mainly as a winger, the 30-year-old has now made well over 100 appearances for the club, and so could prove a real mainstay in the first team. That is always the first hurdle to overcome when selecting your fantasy squad – this guy could have a good campaign.

The pick of the group, however, could be Real Sociedad forward Willian José. Six points were awarded to him thanks to a goal and an assist in the opening day epic at Celta Vigo. That was a 3-2 win away from home, which could be a massive result so early on. His goal was the late winner from the penalty spot after providing Juanmi the assist to level the scores just 10 minutes before the end. Such a great late display shows an enthusiasm and a fitness level (albeit in the first game) which could bode well for the 5.00m-rated man.

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