It’s that time of year again. No, not when clubs are frantically fawning for new signings but when we all sort our Fantasy Premier League teams and begin dreaming of a half-decent side again – as well as forgetting about it.
Every season, there are hidden gems who become household names and can be bought at a snip with cheap price tags before the campaign has even kicked-off.
Let us take you through seven of the best bargains for your squad in FPL 2019-20.
Goalkeeper – Angus Gunn £4.5m
Trusted by Ralph Hasenhüttl once the Austrian arrived on the South Coast, the son of Bryan Gunn earned 47 points in 12 games and kept three clean sheets, as well as saving a penalty on his Premier League debut.
A Manchester City youth product, his high pedigree allowed him to get the chance to be the new St. Mary’s stopper.
This season, goalkeepers with his output for such a cheap price are rare, so if you want someone between the sticks who doesn’t take too much of your budget, Gunn is worth a shot.
Defender – Max Aarons £4.5m
At a time where young English right backs come in abundance, the 19-year-old from Hammersmith struggles to stand out to many.
However, two goals and six assists from right back last campaign in the Championship display his lucrative level of output and was awarded a new five-year deal by Norwich last week.
41 appearances in a debut senior term is no mean feat and at the cheapest a reliable playing defender comes, he’s definitely a worthy option off the bench week to week.
Defender – Issa Diop £4.5m
Although West Ham paid a hefty fee for him, Diop showed why Toulouse made him captain at 19 years of age as a defensive stalwart for the capital-based outfit.
Only making fewer blocks (36) than four other players in his debut Premier League season, the French centre back is physically dominant and at 6′ 4″ can impose himself on anyone, even threatening at set pieces.
The 22-year-old also only made one error leading to a goal and looks set to be the bedrock of a team on the rise this term, and at such a low price tag seems to have gone under the radar.
Midfielder – Pablo Fornals £6.5m
Staying in East London, the Spanish U21 international (despite being 23) made the move from Villarreal earlier this month as Manuel Pellegrini looks to once again pepper his squad with attacking quality.
In the U21 European Championships this summer, the versatile midfielder was influential in the winning side with two goals and one assist in three games, signaling his expected quality for West ham.
That makes his price surprisingly cheap as Fornals looks to reach his elite potential in England but it won’t cost much to make use of his talent in FPL.
Midfielder – Youri Tielemans £6.5m
As Leicester secured his services for £35m this summer from Monaco, the Belgian youngster’s talent was on display in the second half of 2018-19.
It was shock that he was eyed by Europe’s top clubs as per 90 minutes while at the King Power, Tielemans contributed to 0.5 goals/assists while winning completing 85% of his passes, showing that he truly is a midfield maestro.
It’s also a shock how FPL have failed to tag a higher price on the Anderlecht youth product, so the advantage is there to be taken.
Forward – Tammy Abraham £7.0m
Netting 25 goals in 37 Championship games as Aston Villa won promotion last season, this campaign looks to be when the striker finally breaks through at Chelsea.
Abraham recently revealed to the press that he was ready to end the number nine shirt curse at Stamford Bridge, following Frank Lampard offer.
At 6′ 2″, the Camberwell-born 21-year-old is primed for opportunities and with great service likely from his teammate could score plenty, with a value expecting to rise.
Forward – Sébastien Haller £7.5m
The Hammers are becoming a theme here, just like this man hitting the back of the net.
Haller, a target man who has good technical ability on the ball, won 201 aerial duels in the Bundesliga last term, scoring 15 goals and assisting nine in an exciting Eintracht Frankfurt.
€45m brought the Frenchman to the London Stadium but the cost of bringing him to an FPL roster is a steal for this true bargain, who possesses all the physical attributes which suit the Premier League.
Honourable mentions: Ralph Fährmann (£4.5m), Fabian Schär (£5.0m), Tyrone Mings (£4.5m), Miguel Almirón (£6.0m), Dwight McNeil (£6.0m), Che Adams (£6.0m), Teemu Pukki (£6.5m)
Who else deserves to be mentioned here? Let us know and good luck.
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