In Search For The Budget Midfielder

18th Aug 2020

It didn’t come as a surprise to many of us when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was reclassified as a midfielder and at 12.0 no less. It actually makes it more intriguing and perplexing, because we now have to deal with possibly another season of the “premium midfielder” with the likes of Sadio Mane, Kevin de Bruyne etc also being listed in and around the 12.0 mark by the FPL Towers. We must be all thinking, how am I going to be able to fit in all these premium midfielders into my FPL team and manage to stay inside the 100.00 mark. 

@FPLConifa would like to take you through the 6.0 sub midfielders who may round out your FPL team and make the difference between GW1 and GW38. 

MIGUEL ALMIRON:

The Newcastle United midfielder, given that the Saudi take over didn’t go through. Miguel Almiron will be looking to make the difference for the Geordies this season. Not much to shout about for the Paraguay international last season in front of goal, only scoring four goals all season and assisting his teammates twice. The clean sheets were much better for Miguel Almiron, as he would finish with 12 clean sheets, over the course of the season. 

One question I have for Miguel Almiron this season, is will he be more in the ilk of Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United or Jordan Henderson at Liverpool. Will he be assisting and scoring goals (penalties) or will he be dropping deep and making the pass to the player who makes the all important pass. 

DWIGHT MCNEIL:

Dwight McNeil is currently playing for Burnley FC but is being touted to make a move over the course of the off-season and right up until October. Leicester City are one of the teams who are interested in the England international and in FPL it makes perfect sense. Leicester City are in European football, the Europa League. It is a great stepping stone for players to play well and then move onto a bigger club. 

Dwight McNeil played well in FPL last season for Burnley. Sixteen clean sheets for Burnley who season in, season out love defending and stifling teams attacks. Two goals and seven assists, has the bigger teams coming knocking on Sean Dyche’s door. 

JOHN LUNDSTRAM:

Oh Lord John Lundstram, the darling of FPL managers during the 2019/20 season, or at least the first half of the season anyway. Like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was reclassified as a midfielder from a forward, Lundstram is classified as a midfielder from a defender for the 2020/21 season. It thus, makes it interesting to see how FPL managers react to this reclassification, but also the man himself, how will John Lundstram react to now playing in midfield for Sheffield United?

Those defensive points for keeping a clean sheet are now gone, but he will still be able to grab the points from scoring goals and assisting goals for his team mates. Other than the clean sheets, Lundstram still managed to score five goals and four assists over the course of 2019/20. How many of you will have Lord Lundstram in your FPL sides for GW1?

CONCLUSION:

I believe that this season with so many heavy hitters in FPL to choose from, it will be the season of finding bargains, especially in midfield. Depending on the fixtures that drop on the 21st August, one, two if not all these three players could be breakout stars for FPL managers. Keep an eye on how these players start the season.

Author: @FPLConifa

Nigel Rowe (Monster)

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