Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Newly Promoted Teams Insight - Part I - Burnley

This is a three part series where I will provide insight on the Premier League's newly promoted teams. In addition, I will recommend three of their players per team that I regard as viable FPL picks for 2016/17.
First up is Burnley. They were promoted to the Premier League after being in the Championship for only one season. They finished top of the league with 93 points, keeping 20 clean sheets.
In my opinion, the Clarets will not be successful in establishing themselves in the Premier League. I predict that they will go straight down, placed 20th. This is due to the lack of significant recruitment in the transfer window so far. However, they will not be another Aston Villa. In my estimation, they will be the fighting losers who are simply out classed by other teams.
Now let’s move onto the players that are worth considering for your FPL teams.
  1. Andre Gray (Striker)
Gray ended the season as the top scorer of the Championship with 23 goals in 41 starts. He further provided 8 assists, further emphasising his potential to do well in FPL. Gray created 34 chances in his 41 apps and he took 109 shots, which is averaging just under 3 shots a game. His influential presence in the Burnley attack make him the perfect budget forward, depending on the price he is set when FPL is launched sometime this week. I expect him to be £6.5m or thereabouts. I see him being similar to Callum Wilson from last season before his major injury. Even though I’ve predicted Burnley to finish last, I still think he will be on the score sheet regularly throughout the season but he will not replicate the heights reached by Charlie Austin a few seasons ago.
  1. Scott Arfield (Midfielder)
Arfield plays as a left midfielder in a 4-4-2 formation. From that position, Arfield recorded 8 goals and 6 assists in 46 games. Furthermore, Arfield was second in the category of key passes and he played part in more goals than any other midfielder in the side, making him the best midfielder pick from Burnley. Even though the fixtures will be gruelling, I still think he would be the perfect fifth midfielder in your FPL sides as he plays a major role in Burnley’s game plan and most importantly, he is most likely going to be priced £6m at the very most on e the FPL site launches.
  1. Michael Keane (Defender)
Michael Keane is a former Manchester United youth player, that transferred to Burnley after a loan spell in 2015. Keane played a major role in Burnley keeping 20 clean sheets throughout last season. But it is not only his no nonsense defending that makes him an attractive pick in the upcoming FPL season but it is also his threat in and around the box which makes him the best differential defensive pick. Along with the 20 clean sheets acquired last season, he further added 5 goals from 34 attempts on goal and provided 1 assist as well. His efforts up and down the pitch are near identical to that of Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann from last season.

Guest written by: Mark Dinkha

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