Youngsters in FPL

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One way to build value is making sure you keep in the know when it comes to young players who have potential. Young players can often be cheap picks and if they manage to start putting up points they quickly become “bandwagon” players due to the low risk associated with bringing them in. 

With this in mind here are some of the best young players at each price bracket this year. 

Nathan Ferguson £4.0M

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19 year old Ferguson has joined Palace from newly promoted West Brom, although it’s unlikely he will make GW1 due to injury Ferguson looks the most likely to play out of this year’s £4M defenders. If Ferguson does come into the side he should build up some easy team value when managers begin bringing him in. 

William Saliba £4.5M

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Before the restart last season there wouldn’t be too many managers looking at the arsenal defence with much enthusiasm. 

However, Arteta does seem to have solidified his Arsenal side and they are going into the 20/21 season a much more organised team, although you could easily make a case for Tierney or Bellerin Saliba provides a budget avenue into the Arsenal defence. 

His spot in the team certainly isn’t a given so Saliba needs to be approached with caution, he is highly regarded though and Arteta is not afraid to give his youngsters a chance. The potential loan move of Rob Holding would only increase his chances. 

Ryan Sessegnon £5.0M

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It seems like a lifetime ago since Sessengnon burst onto the scene at Fulham and it’s easy to forget he’s still only 20 years old. Sessegnon has had his injury problems and has been out of action for some time now but it looks like he is finally back in the mix playing both LM & LWB for spurs in preseason. 

Ben Davies would be the pick for the left back role of course but if Spurs moved to a 352 now Doherty has arrived, Sessegnon may take the LWB slot with Davies slotting in at centre back as he often does while Spurs attack anyway.

This is speculation and perhaps Sessegnon is a “wait and see” player but the buzz around him was huge not too long ago and he could easily remind us why this season. 

Bukayo Saka £5.5M

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Saka is a raw but incredibly versatile player, he still has plenty of time to find his best position at 18 years old but from what we’ve seen so far, there’s a lot to like.

Making 19 starts from 26 appearances last season in both left back and left wing Saka is a well rounded player, it’s most likely that he will primarily be used in a more advanced role while Tierney is fit. 

Saka repaid Arteta’s faith in him with a goal and 5 assists last term and he looks set to battle it out for minutes in one of the most exciting Arsenal teams in recent years. 

Eberechi Eze £6.0M

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A very recent addition to the league after his move to Crystal Palace but anyone who kept an eye on the Championship last season will undoubtedly have heard of Eze. 

Palace won the race for Eze beating a host of clubs to the former QPR man’s signature. The obvious issue is Palace need to show a lot more going forward for Eze to be an asset but that’s what he’s been brought in to do. 

Eze notched 14 goals and 8 assists in the Championship last year and was straight into Hodgson’s starting 11 against Charlton despite only being at the club a matter of days. 

Eze came off at halftime as a precaution but impressed in his 45 minute cameo providing a real threat and freeing up Zaha and Ayew. Providing Zaha’s bi-yearly transfer saga comes to nothing, Eze could be the catalyst in a Palace side lacking in creativity. 

Phil Foden £6.5M

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It goes without saying that Phil Foden is one of the most promising young players in the league and he could make a mockery of his £6.5M price tag if he continues to get an increased share of first team minutes for City. 

Every manager knows the dangers of Pep’s rotation and Foden will undoubtedly fall victim to this throughout the season but when he gets a run in the side Foden tends to make his mark on games. 

Averaging just 39 minutes across his 26 appearances in the league last season it’s pretty remarkable that Foden still managed to be involved in 7 goals (scored 5 and assisted 2) so any increase in workload will almost certainly translate to FPL returns. 

Harvey Barnes £7.0M

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Although there is a variety of U23 talent in this bracket with playmakers like Maddison, Grealish and Mount these names are all fairly well known now so it may be worth looking elsewhere for a differential pick. 

Barnes is a product of Leicester’s academy and was given his chance under Claude Puel who recalled him from loan at West Brom. However it is Rodgers who has started getting the best out of Barnes who provided the most assists for Leicester last season. 

Barnes was heavily involved in Leicester’s attack last year scoring 6 and creating 8 goals from 24 starts. This translated to 133 FPL points (more than Adama Traore who started 3 more games). 

Barnes had a reduction in minutes after the restart but this was through no fault of his own, the growing injury list at Leicester forced a formation change that meant Brendan had to sacrifice his wingers. 

Barnes has started both preseason games for the Foxes so far and looks to have nailed down his spot in the starting 11. 

Mason Greenwood £7.5M

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Although fantasy managers will have to pay 3 million more for the United starlet, Greenwood still has to be considered, especially as he is the cheapest way into a United attack that was rampant after the restart. 

Providing Dortmund refuse to budge on their Sancho evaluation Greenwood should be a starter next season, a scenario that could see Greenwood transferred into a lot of sides when United return to action. 

Greenwood was clinical in front of goal scoring 10 times from an average of 42 minutes across 31 appearances. Greenwood could easily increase his minutes by 50% this term which could make him a very exciting prospect for the 20/21 season. 

Christian Pulisic £8.5M

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Pulisic has already caused plenty of drama without kicking a ball in preseason. The incorrect price tag posted by FPL combined with his race to get fit has been the topic of discussion since the game went live. 

With 9 goals and 4 assists since breaking into Lampard’s side it’s easy to see why there is so much hype around “Captain America” and once he is fit we can be sure that the goals will keep on coming. 

Pulisic was a standout player for Chelsea last season and it doesn’t take an expert to see he is incredibly talented. Chelsea have been busy in the transfer window and have brought in some exciting attacking talent to support Pulisic with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already at the club and Kai Havertz also on his way to London. 

Providing the new look attack gels quickly Chelsea could be a real force in the league this season and Pulisic is sure to be a focal point of Lampard’s side. 

Marcus Rashford £9.5M

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At the top of the bracket Rashford could be considered a premium asset this season, his reclassification as a midfielder makes him arguably United’s best attacking asset this season (assuming they can’t match their record breaking season for penalties won). 

Rashford scored 17 goals and provided 7 assists last season, leading to a more than respectable 177 FPL point haul. As long as United can continue working on their defence the added clean sheet points could help Rashford break the 200 point barrier in 20/21.

Like all good things in FPL there is a catch though, Bruno Fernandes looks to have secured the job of penalty taker and 6 of Rashford’s goals last term came from the spot, he’ll still likely take them when Bruno isn’t on the pitch but this still requires consideration when planning to bring in your united assets after GW1.

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