The World Cup has now come to end and attention turns once again to domestic football and the Premier League. It just a few weeks until another season kicks off, so if like us you consider yourself a bit of tactical genius, you’ll want to start getting those fantasy football sides in.
We’ve already done some of the legwork for you and put together a scouting report of ten players who could help you win your private league at work. See below for our list of midfielders you should consider for your fantasy football team this season.
1. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool (£13.0)
No prizes for guessing this one, Mohamed Salah was easily the best player in the league last season, finishing as top scorer with 32 goals and 10 assists. It’s going to be a tough act to follow for the Egyptian, but he should be good for at least another 15-20 goals next season so it’s a pretty sure bet.
2. Andriy Yarmolenko – West Ham (£7.0)
A summer acquisition for the Hammers somewhat overshadowed by the signing on Felipe Anderson, but it’s Andriy Yarmolenko who is better equipped to tear up the Premier League next season. The Ukrainian winger is a player who likes to cut in side a release venomous shots, with excellent power, pace and awareness.
His strike rate isn’t bad either, with 175 career goals for club and country, Yarmolenko knows where the net is. He struggled last season at Borussia Dortmund but he’s almost tailor made for a partnership with West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic, if Manuel Pellegrini deploys them either side of a central striker, the Hammers will have a very potent attack next season.
3. Gylfi Sigurdsson – Everton (£7.5)
Gylfi Sigurdsson endured a difficult first campaign at Everton marred by relegation threat and managerial changes. Everton will be hoping for a less turbulent campaign this season and with a much more attack minded manager Marco Silva at the helm, Sigurdsson should have more of a free reign at Goodison Park next season.
The Icelandic playmaker has 46 goals and 36 assists already in the Premier League and still scored an impressive 96 points for fantasy football managers last season, despite only making 27 appearances. If he is brought more central by Silva, he’ll be the key to Everton’s success next season and he’ll be in amongst the goals again.
4. Pascal Gross – Brighton (£7.0)
Pascal Gross was one of the big surprises of last season and had been linked with a move away from Brighton but fortunately for them nothing has materialised yet. Gross contributed seven goals and eight assists last season but it was his all around game that won him the plaudits.
Nobody outside of the top five teams scored more fantasy league points from midfield than Gross last season and even then it was only a select few. It looks as if he’s staying at Brighton too, which will be a boost to chances of replicating that form next season.
5. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Arsenal (£7.0)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a phenomenal player who has struggled in his time in the Premier League, and was unjustly handed a supporting role at Manchester United. He moved to Arsenal as a part of the Alexis Sanchez deal back in January and looked to be finally getting him game under way on these shores with three assists in his first match for the Gunners.
Sadly injuries then stunted his progress at Arsenal with him making just 10 further appearances for them last season. With preseason under his belt he should be fit and firing for the start of this season and is exactly the kind of player Unai Emery likes so there’s a good chance he’ll shine under the new manager.
6. Diogo Jota – Wolves (£7.5)
Wolves have a number of impressive stars coming up with them thanks in part to Jorge Mendes’ influence on the club. In terms of direct impact though Diogo Jota will be the one to watch next season.
He was a first team regular at just 17 years old in the Primeira Division earning him a call to Atletico Madrid’s development squad before making the switch to the Black Country. Now 21, Jota hit 17 goals for Wolves last year helping them to the Championship title. He’s got youth and talent on his side and he plays with great freedom under Nuno Espirito Santo.
7. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City (£10.0)
This is another one that’s a bit of a sure bet, Kevin De Bruyne is the most talented playmaker in arguably the best side in the league. Only Salah and fellow Raheem Sterling earned more points from midfield last season.
Sterling may face some competition for places this season though after the £60m summer signing of Riyad Mahrez. There’s some serious talent in those wide areas including Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva but nobody quite plays the same role as De Bruyne. He’s a sure starter and he’ll definitely be in the mix again next season.
8. Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham (£6.5)
Ryan Sessegnon is expected to have a huge future in the Premier League and the England national team. At just 18 years old he notched 16 goals and eight assists for Fulham last season and was instrumental in guiding them to promotion.
This will be a big step up for the youngster, but if he is to have the future many expect, he could be one of the breakout players of this season. Newly promoted teams need star players that they can lean on in their first season up so the team will be fully behind their potential talisman next season.
9. Jesse Lingard – Manchester United (£7.0)
After a very impressive World Cup with the England team Jesse Lingard should be full of confidence heading back to Manchester United. He’s been gradually forcing his way into that starting line-up, but he should be one of the first names on Jose Mourinho’s team sheet next season.
He’s entering the prime years of his career, and Lingard just seems to keep getting better. He offers goals and assists to his side and should finally be about to get the recognition he deserves from Mourinho.
10. Christian Eriksen – Tottenham (£9.5)
A bit of an after thought because Christian Eriksen’s future in the Premier League is not yet secured. Real Madrid are still on the prowl for a marquee signing to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, and whilst rumours suggest they could move for Eden Hazard, Eriksen is another they are definitely believed to be interested in.
After Harry Kane, he’s Tottenham’s most important player so and he’ll definitely be adding to his goals and assists totals next season. Just maybe wait a little close to deadline day as Tottenham have lost players to Real Madrid before.