Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Gameweek 18 Review: The Best Mid-Priced Mids on the Market

Half the season is nearly up and Pogba is still a one-to-watch at Man United as the mercurial Frenchman continues to show glimpses of what made him the most expensive player in world football in the summer. This is despite failing to deliver regular points thus far. This may put FPL managers off. The box-to-box midfielder is now at an ownership as low as 9.9% despite being the marque summer signing

However, as Jamie Carragher pointed out on Monday Night Football earlier in the month, Pogba is one to look out for as he is still adapting to a new league. His underlying attacking stats are positive as he has freedom to get forward vs weaker opposition. Against Sunderland on Boxing Day he took the most shots, joint most shots on target with Ibrahimovic and had the joint most passes in the attacking third. It may be only a matter of time before he racks up big points. Coupled with suspected improvement, his price has dropped down to 8.3 from a base-price of 8.5, making him a cut-price alternative to the erratic Eriksen, and of course Mane, who flies to AFCON on 2nd January.

'Failmino' Goes From Zero to Hero

Firmino could be the perfect like-for-like replacement for Mane in FPL and in real life, as the Senegalese winger's absence will make room for Firmino to play in a more creative role in the space in and around the defence, where he can have greater influence on the game and more touches on the ball. Firmino was back against Stoke, which was both disappointing and good news for your writer. A 10-point haul was not expected after blanks in each of the previous 6 games. Firmino could soon be back to earlier consistency and was a must-have at this point last season.

Lallana Lauded For Continued Improvement

Another Liverpool midfielder who scored in the same game was Adam Lallana, who has already bettered his tally of 4 goals from last season and has equalled his assists tally. It is clear that Klopp is urging his midfielders to push on higher up the pitch than last season, which also explains Coutinho's increased returns. Lallana seemed to take on the goals burden while Coutinho was out injured and Firmino out of form and presumably fitness, hitting 4 goals in 4 games. This trend may continue as Coutinho is not expected to be rushed back from his ankle injury.

And then there's always Walcott. Theo was the hero for Arsenal until his calf seized up prior to the game against West Brom, on target 8 times this season at a price of just 7.9. Choose your mid-priced midfielder.

Written by Kyle Norbury

Stoke fan, football fan, fantasy football fan

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