Shenoy Scouts 1.0 : Budget Buys
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Any FPL team has a minimum of two budget buys whether it be Jakupovic at the back, Kingsley in defense or Joshua King in midfield.
This time around, I’m looking at potential budget buys for you to fit into your team which allows you to pick up the likes of Kane, Sanchez and Alonso, all together, in your squad.
We shall start from the back.
At 4.5M he isn’t exactly a budget buy, but for the amount of clean sheets Tony Pulis sides keep, Foster would appear to be the cheapest route into the Albion defense. Not to forget, a very good looking run in with the first 5 fixtures looking quite enticing. However, the only thing that make you take your eyes off him is the near 20% ownership of his services which could offer no differential.
At 4.0M, Rob Elliot is the other name on the list, who could still be Newcastle’s number 1 if transfer targets don’t materialise. Given Newcastle’s first 6 fixtures, which look favourable after Tottenham on the opening day, Elliot could just be a very shrewd Number 2 to save up some funds.
Starting of with a 4.5M defender in Gaëtan Bong who is owned only by 0.2% of the FPL teams and plays at left full back for newly promoted Brighton who have a relatively favourable start after the initial visit of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, looks like a smart buy. He has proven very worthy in an attacking sense and could notch up points going forward.
Next up also at 4.5M, Clark of Newcastle who is a very solid defender with an eye for goal at set plays. Formerly of Aston Villa, Clark has an easy run in and if you’re unsure of Elliot, you can use Clark to take advantage of Newcastle’s fixture list.
Cuco Martina/Mason Holgate could be interesting options given that Seamus Coleman could be out for while, however Everton’s ridiculous start to the season would appear to have restricted managers interest in them. However there’s always the option to take a gamble on their attacking quality.
Finally, at 5.5M not particularly a budget buy, but certainly the cheapest/most efficient big-team option given that Spurs use their full backs alot, Kieran Trippier. Barring a trip to Goodison and hosting the Blues on GW2, Spurs have a lovely run in for the first 8 gameweeks. Spurs haven’t looked interested in replacing Kyle Walker, and Trippier appears to be a must for most fantasy managers looking to nail down a top side defender at a cheap price.
First up at 7M, Willian from Chelsea. With Eden Hazard out for a while, and most wingers from the top 6, in the upper echleons of the price bracket, Willian appears to be a cheap alternative to the rest of the divison’s wide men. Investing in Willian could have heightened rewards given that he is on set piece duties and is devilish from free kicks. Getting him in also allows you to invest in two pricey strikers up top as opposed to one.
Pascal Gross is next, the shrewd number 10 from Brighton who was amongst the German league’s most creative players last term.In each of his two seasons in the Bundesliga, Gross created more scoring chances(193 in total) than anyone else, which is very impressive given that his team went down in the 16/17 season. The best part is Gross is brilliant from free kicks and is very good from dead ball situations. With Hughton likely to move to the 4–4–1–1, Gross has a better chance at opening up oppositions. He commands a key passing stat up there with the likes of de Bruyne and Ozil, and well ahead of any of his team mates. With Brighton’s kind start to the campaign and Gross commanding just 0.4% ownership, FPL managers would be well advised to make note of his presence.
Another player in the Martina/Holgate bracket of an unkind start but the potential to shine would be Demarai Gray. With Riyad Mahrez potentially on the move and no real spots buckled down out wide, Gray has a wonderful oppurtunity to cement his place in the Leicester ranks. In addition to this, the first 5 game weeks allow us to monitor his progress and whether he is rotated or not, which will decide whether he is to be part of our outfit or not.
Next up, at 5M, Jason Puncheon, Crystal Palace captain who is expected to take up the Number 10 position as usual in behind the main man. Given Palace’s relatively easy run in in the early weeks, Puncheon could prove to be a valuable addition especially given his meagre 1.4% ownership.
Finally, Ruben Loftus-Cheek at 4.5M is the cheapest of the lot. He could be involved in a bit part role at the start of the season or used slightly deeper in midfield by de Boer but as the season progresses he could be a valueable addition to your FPL team. For now, we shall monitor his pre season progress and hopefully we are more certain of his game time by August the 11th.
At 7M, this is a no questions asked player. Javier Hernandez just has to go in there if you have the funds for a striker in his price range. A relatively normal start to the season after the visit to Old Trafford and the striker’s ability to find the back of the net with repeated ease, would mean that you just have to have him.
Jay Rodriguez is next on the list at 6M. He’s had an interesting pre season and would appear to be very much in Tony Pulis’ plans. He offers a cheaper alternative to Solomon Rondon, and is owned only by 3.3% of the players. However at 0.5M more Rondon offers a more proven threat and a better differential with only 2% ownership.
Finally, Ayoze Perez who did look brilliant in patches in his last season in the Premier League. Perez at 5.5M would appear to be a cheap gamble, if you’re used to playing the 3–5–2 as opposed to the 3–4–3. Perez has a nice looking run in and if he hits the ground running, could have Fantasy managers thinking about getting him into the mix.
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