The new FPL season is upon us and all of us are stuck with the ages old famous question, how to get more points? We’re sat here running numbers, watching videos, following accounts, wondering what differentials we need to increase our rank from last year. Well don’t worry, that’s where this article comes in handy.
We all know our Mo Salah’s and Harry Kane’s, the players we hate because they don’t play for our club but a must have just because they’re that good, however we have exciting new players coming into the Premier League from the three new promoted clubs Norwich City, Watford FC and Brentford FC. The three clubs have different playing-styles and each of them contain players which we can bring in our team at one point or another. The promoted sides shouldn’t be overlooked as they’ve given us many players who are set in FPL folklore such as John Lundstram back in 19/20 or Patrick Bamford just last season. These players shouldn’t be overlooked as they’re relatively cheap and can help us gain an edge over others due to their low ownership. This article will look to highlight the best FPL assets from the aforementioned teams.
First 5 fixtures: Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City, Arsenal and Watford.
Having being labelled as the “yo-yo” team, Norwich are back in the Premier League and we couldn’t be more excited. Having being relegated from the Premier League in 2019/20 they have achieved promotion in excellent fashion finishing first in the Championship with 97 points in 46 Matches, winning 63% of their matches. Daniel Farke sets them up in 4-2-3-1 which allowed them to average the highest possession in the league last season (60.9%). They have scored 75 goals scoring an average of 1.63 per 90 and conceding 36 with an average of conceding 0.78 per 90 the 2nd lowest in the league. They have lost their main man Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa, and it will be a daunting task to carry on without him seeing he had 31 goal contributions in 39 matches. They’ve made new signings till now in Milot Rashica, Pierre Lees Melou, and on loan Chelsea prospect Billy Gilmour.
Teemu Pukki (6m)
Any avid FPL user remembers Teemu Pukki from his brilliant opening few weeks in the premier league in 19/20 where he scored 6 goals in 10 matches including a hattrick against Newcastle in GW 2 and goals against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City respectively. However as Norwich’s form came tumbling down, so did Pukki’s. He managed to end the season with 11 goals and 3 assists still a decent effort in a struggling side.
Nonetheless, Pukki has shown in the Championship that he really is a potent goal-scorer and along with Buendia he rose to the challenge to bring Norwich back in the premier league. Pukki managed to score 26 goals and get four assists in 39 matches. He is also the designated penalty taker.
Now obviously Pukki won’t be reaching those levels in the Premier League however we’ve seen he is a player who has an eye for a goal and surely someone who is one to consider for our teams considering the price tag, and an 8.9% ownership at this stage making him just the differential you could need.
Todd Cantwell (5.5m)
A young player who has caught the eyes of several clubs over the last two years has a big season ahead for him, as its time for him to take responsibility and fill in the gap that has been left by Buendia and become the creative force his side now needs. Cantwell’s last run in the premier league saw him scoring six goals with two assists in 30 matches.Embed from Getty Images
Cantwell scored 6 (4.86xG) goals from a total of 49 shots and averaged 46 passes per match with a pass completion rate of 82%, and had 6 assists(5.15xA) in 30 matches. These aren’t solid numbers by any means however with him gaining experience these last 2 seasons and hopefully improving his end product, Todd Cantwell can be a solid rotational player for your FPL teams, with an ownership of 2.5% currently.
Max Aarons (4.5m)
One of England’s talented youngsters Max Aaron was vital for Norwich coming back to the Premier League starting 45 games for them and playing the most minutes in the team. After a somewhat disappointing 2019/20 season in the premier league, Aarons showcased his importance to the team, and had a brilliant campaign. The reason he makes our pick for your FPL team is due to Norwich using fullbacks in attack. Aarons averaged 47 passes per match with a pass completion rate of 83%, and had two assists (5.01xA) making him a decent option for your squad after the first 4 matches of the season. His ownership currently stands at 3.3%.
First 5 fixtures: Aston Villa, Brighton, Tottenham, Wolves, and Norwich
Just like Norwich, Watford are back in the premier league after being relegated in 2019/20. With their most notable achievement of the year being stopping Liverpool from doing the invincible they were rather disappointing for the majority of the season. However, they have bounced back after appointing a new manager in December of 2020 t (Xisco). They managed to finish second in the Championship with an overall of 27 wins, 10 draws and nine losses, winning 59% of their matches. They scored 63 goals scoring 1.37 per 90 and conceded 30 goals conceding 0.65 per 90 the lowest in the league.
Xisco first started out with a 4-4-2 formation, but with rigidity streaming through the side, and a poor run of form he found the best winning formula suited for this team. He shifted to a 4-3-3. This meant they got the deadly combination of midfield domination and attacking threat. Watford have signed Imran Louza, Emmanuel Dennis, Mattle Pollock, Danny Rose, Ashley Fletcher and Joshua King.
Ismaila Sarr (6m)
The highly rated 23 year old has been impressing people for a couple of seasons now. Showcasing his talents in 18/19 getting 14 G/A in 32 matches in Ligue 1 which secured him a moved to Watford in 19/20 where he got 9 G/A in 22 matches in a struggling Watford side.
He has improved his overall game and is coming after an impressive season in the Championship. He was Watford’s star performer stepping up to the plate in securing promotion for them. Ismaila Sarr played 39 matches in which he had 32 shots on target from a total of 65 shots and scored 13 goals (10.06 xG). Ismaila Sarr averaged 27 passes per match with a pass completion rate of 79%, and had 4 assists (7.02xA).Embed from Getty Images
For 6m, his attacking threat and involvement in Xiscos system, Ismaila Sarr is definitely one to keep in your team considering Watfords fixtures at the start of the season, and his 5% ownership at this moment.
Daniel Bachmann (4.5m)
Bachmann was made the starting goal-keeper midway through the season and has never looked back since. He was at the heart of the defence and one of the main reasons for Watford’s defensive improvement. In the 23 matches he started he kept 13 clean sheets having the highest clean sheet ratio at 56% in the league. He has conceded 0.52 goals per 90. With an ownership of only 3.3% Bachmann could be the starting goal-keeper you’re looking for if you want to invest more of your funds into your midfield or attack.
Joao Pedro (5.5)
Yes, with Watford having about 20 different strikers to choose from, I’m going out on a bit of limb here by recommending this player, but he’s impressed me so much over the course of last season that I have to pick him. Football Manager players are already familiar with this “wonder-kid” but its time to bring him to your FPL teams.
With Xisco changing his system to a 4-3-3 this has suited Joao Pedro who has lead the line for Watford for majority of the season. João Pedro played 31 matches (plus 7 as a sub). He had 26 shots on target from a total of 52 shots and scored 9 goals (9.55 xG). He averaged 21 passes per match with a pass completion rate of 72%, and had 2 assists (1.84xA). Statistically he was Watfords second best player after Sarr. If you have doubts over him I suggest you watch his stunner vs Derby from last season. There’s no doubt for FPL he is a risk considering he might be rotated especially with Joshua King just being signed, and we have enough on our minds with the famous Pep Roulette but sometimes you need to take a risk. Oh, and did I mention he’s 19 years old?
First 5 fixtures: Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Brighton, and Wolves
The team we were all rooting for, after 74 years Brentford are finally back in the Premier League. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how they perform and if they can cope up with the pressures of playing in the Premier League. Their manager Thomas Frank has remained flexible with his systems of play throughout his time, but his most used formation is the 4-3-3 but changing it to a 3-4-1-2 by the end of the season. Brentford had 26 wins, 15 draws, and 8 losses finishing third in the Championship beating Swansea in the Play-offs. Their style of play is very heavy metal, attacking football, with them scoring 1.71 goals per 90 with a total of 84 goals scored in the season. They conceded 44 goals, conceding 0.90 goals per 90.
Ivan Toney (6.5m)
While football fans were excited to see Brentford in the Premier League for its long-awaited arrival, FPL fans were excited for another reason, and that reason is Ivan Toney. A player who leveled the Championship goal-scoring record at 30 goals was one of the main reasons of Brentford’s promotion, winning the Play-offs for them by being man of the match against Swansea in the final. Ivan Toney played 47 matches (plus 1 as a sub). He had 60 shots on target from a total of 117 shots and scored 33 goals (28.51 xG). He averaged 19 passes per match with a pass completion rate of 65%, and had 10 assists (6.94xA).Embed from Getty Images
From an FPL stand point, Toney ticks all the boxes. A known goal-scorer, plays in an attacking team, and is on penalties. However the downside is plenty of people think the same with his ownership being 30.4% currently. He may not be the differential in your team, but could very well be someone who you are afraid to miss out on.
Bryan Mbeumo (5.5m)
The 21 year old was also a major part of Brentford’s exciting campaign. Having impressed in the Championship for 2 seasons in a row it’s now on Mbeumo to showcase his talent on the big stage. Bryan Mbeumo played 39 matches (plus 8 as a sub). He had 19 shots on target from a total of 50 shots and scored 8 goals (9.81 xG). Mbeumo averaged 17 passes per match with a pass completion rate of 76%, and had 10 assists(7.28xA)
If Toneys high ownership has discouraged you to select him, Mbeumo is a very decent option for 1 million less. It was a tough decision between him and Sergi Canos, but Mbeumo edges it for me as we saw him play as a second striker when Brentford shifted to a 3 back.
Mads Roerslev (4.5m)
We love it when a defender gets a big haul, and with Mads Roerslev you have that potential. He is traditionally a right-back and, he only played 13 matches (plus 7 as a sub), due to the experience of Henrik Dalsgaard who has now left Brentford, making Roerslev the starting right back. However when Brentford shifted to a 3 back we saw Roerslev playing a right-midfield/right wing-back role advancing forward, and getting assists in the process.
If you can’t figure out how to fill your space, and need a rotational player, Roerslev might be a decent shout. A confirmed starter with a potential haul and a 0.2% ownership making him a proper differential.