FPL Bargain Bucket: Eleven players who cost under £5mThursday, March 5 2020
The business end of the Premier League season is approaching much quicker than you would think. With some managers having European priorities when selecting their line-ups, it’s time to think carefully about which players to have in your team. Budgeting is always the key when it comes to FPL, so here is a team of players all under £5m, which will leave you with a pocket full of cash to help you load up on premium picks.
Alex McCarthy (Southampton) – Current value £4.4m
McCarthy has been Southampton’s No.1 since November after Angus Gunn lost his place following the 9-0 mauling by Leicester. McCarthy is a competent shot-stopper, and with a decent run of fixtures, Southampton players have some appeal. The Saints next ‘big’ game isn’t until April when City arrive at St Mary’s, but before that, they play Newcastle, Norwich and Watford. There is clean sheet potential here for the 30-year-old, as well as bonus points for saves made.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) – Current value £4.3m
Despite some solid performances by Martin Kelly, Ward is Roy Hodgson’s preferred option at right-back when both of them are fit. With Palace’s pragmatic and dogged style, they are never easy to break down, which means they’re not likely to concede many. Ward could be an excellent addition to your squad. The Eagles have some favourable fixtures remaining – Watford and Bournemouth next up - and they may grab some clean sheets.
Chris Basham (Sheffield United) – Current value £4.5m
Any of the Blades’ central defenders are viable selections with John Egan (£4.6m) and Jack O’Connell (£4.7m) representing excellent value. Basham is singled out though, as he is the cheapest starting defender United have at £4.5m and is currently second in the Premier League for headed clearances (72), and these tangible nuances can make the difference when considering the FPL bonus points system. Basham is the least owned United defender at just 1.3% while Chris Wilder’s men will also have a double gameweek coming up.
Jack Stephens (Southampton) – Current value £4.5m
Stephens only started one league match in the first three months of the season, but like teammate Alex McCarthy, he has been a permanent fixture since November. Despite his slow start to the campaign, he has still amassed 62 points, which is joint fourth within the Saints squad. Stephens has one goal and three assists this season, and with Southampton having already played Liverpool, Leicester and Tottenham twice, he will be looking to add to his points tally.
Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham) - Current value £4.1m
Unless you are a Spurs fan, it was highly likely that you had no idea who Tanganga was before Christmas, but Jose Mourinho has spotted something in the 20-year-old. Tanganga is energetic, loves a tackle, is capable in the air, and his versatility across the backline means he will get minutes. Mourinho is known for his tactical nous, and although Tottenham are struggling to keep clean sheets, they did have two shutouts in February which offers a glimmer of hope.
Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) – Current value £4.4m
Considering he has been introduced from the bench on eight occasions, Luiz has contributed quite well for Villa in his first season with the club. He has three goals and two assists and has rather quietly mustered up 69 FPL points. As Villa continue their fight to beat the drop, expect him to be getting forward and shooting more in the absence of John McGinn.
Todd Cantwell (Norwich) - Current value £4.8m
Cantwell is already owned by 20.5% of FPL managers, but as Norwich’s secondary goal threat, expect more heroics from him despite the Canaries looking destined for relegation. Daniel Farke would do well to hang on to the tough-tackling 22-year old this summer who has six goals and two assists. If he avoids injury, there should be a minimum of three more goal contributions this season, regardless of how many points Norwich pick up.
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – Current value 4.5m
Due to fitness concerns over Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney, the winger has had to deputise at left-back on occasions, but this has not halted his output, Mikel Arteta has shown confidence in him and allowed him to express himself. He has already amassed four assists with limited game time. With Arsenal out of the Europa League, he will continue to get more minutes and should leave his owners satisfied.
Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – Current value £4.3m
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already waxing lyrical over his teenager, saying that at his young age he is already one of the best natural finishers that he has seen, comparing him to the likes of Robin van Persie. Solskjaer thus far has been careful in the way he has used Greenwood, but with Marcus Rashford out for the rest of the season his playing time will increase. After playing Manchester City and Spurs back-to-back in March (two teams they have already beaten), United then have a nice run of fixtures.
Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) – Current value £4.6m
The 18-year old Brazilian told Unai Emery when he was in charge of the Gunners that he prefers to play out wide than in the centre. However, he has the instincts of a man who was born to play centrally, and he looks a goal threat whenever he’s on the pitch. His goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge shows that he has maturity beyond his years, and the more he plays, the better his movement will become. Martinelli should see some starts during the season run-in.
Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) – Current value 4.3m
Some were surprised when Nketiah was called back from his loan spell at Leeds in January. It was not known whether or not he would be loaned out again or sold permanently, but now we know Mikel Arteta has brought him back to North London to use him. Nketiah has started Arsenal’s last two league games and scored against Everton. Still only 20, he could grow into a very good frontman, and a killer when in the penalty box.
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