Thursday, 23 July 2015

5 Young #FPL Punts & Differentials for 15/16 (Guest Post)

I tried looking at some young inexperienced players who can potentially make a big impact for their Premier League teams in the 2015/2016 season and act as punts for FPL managers.  In effect, I was trying to search for the next Sterling, Kane, OxCham, Barkley or Lukaku!  It's unlikely that most or all of the aforementioned players will play first team football from the onset - but keep an eye on them!

Rolando Aarons £5.0M (Newcastle)

19 yrs old.  He apparently prefers to play on the left wing but can play on the right wing as well.  Aarons scored twice in 5 appearances for England Under-20 and once for Newcastle in 4 games before getting injured last season.  I think there is a bit of Zaha and Sterling about him. In fact, if I am not mistaken, Alan Pardew has likened him to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain!  Aarons has pace and can tirelessly run up and down the flanks.  Crucially, he has already scored two goals (a long range effort and an overhead kick) and set up a third goal in pre-season. I think he seems to be a very good 5th midfielder option.

Jack Grealish £5.5M (Aston Villa) 
19 yrs old. Can operate through the right, left or centre of midfield.  He was the FAI Under-17 and Under – 21 International Player of the Year: 2012  and 2015 respectively.  Grealish was instrumental in Villa’s fight against relegation and played a major role in booking their place in last season's FA Cup Final. He created a chance every 36mins and also had a shot every 38mins in the last 4 games. He had an impressive 87% pass success rate in the final third too (Better then Eden Hazard on average). Now with Benteke and Delph long gone we can seriously expect Tim to develop Jack and hand him major responsibilities like he did with Harry at Spurs. Should definitely start and might have his fair share of set pieces too!

Jordan Ibe £5.0M (Liverpool) 

19 yrs old.  Can play on the right wing and left wing as well as in the wing back positions.  He spent half of last season on loan at Derby County showing his nascent talent.  During that time he scored 5 goals and assisted 1 but created 3+ chances every game he played.  During his return to Liverpool in the second half of the season he showed great character and versatility. He has good pace and is definitely part of Liverpool's future. Initially he will be used as a bit part player, but an injury or suspension to another player may open the door for him again.

Patrick Bamford £6.0M (Crystal Palace) 

21 yrs old.  He's effectively a centre forward but can play on the wings too.  Patrick Bamford was named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year (2014-15) after scoring 17 goals in 37 games. He also created 25+ chances for his Boro teammates. If he can establish himself as Palace's no1 striker he will score at regular intervals - especially when he will get support from the likes of Zaha Puncheon, Cabaye and Bolasie. It remains to be seen if he will start immediately, but don't rule out Pardew from doing so.

Dele Alli £5.0M (Spurs) 

19 yrs old.  A central midfielder that can play on the left and further up the field.  He is exactly what Spurs need - a consistent goal scoring midfielder with pace and great heading ability. Alli managed to bag 16 goals and 11 assists in 2014/15 and was named in last season's PFA Football League One Team of the Year.  Has the capability to replace  and surpass Dembele and Mason. In fact he already scored 1 in a behind the doors friendly vs. Brentford.  Of course, Premier League football is trickier than League One.  But watch out, he may cause a surprise or two.

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