With the start of the new Premier League season upon us, it's time to create your fantasy teams to compete with friends and foes. Wondering who the next Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are hiding? Well, we're giving you five bargains that you must have in your team for the season.
West Ham’s new signing Andre Ayew had a stellar season last year at Swansea. He finished the campaign with 171 points, the same as Payet (and he was the main man in arguably a worse team). Not only is Andre Ayew a proven point-getter, but he comes in at an incredibly cheap £7.5 million. On top of that, despite being registered as a midfielder in fantasy football, he is said to be playing up front for Slaven Bilic this season. This is a MUST-BUY.
When it comes to good, reliable defenders who won’t cost you an arm and a leg, you can’t get much better than Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels. Even though The Cherries finished 16th last season and conceded the second most goals in the league, Daniels was superb throughout the campaign and was the 10th highest scoring defender. Bournemouth are going into the new season with fresh faces and are aiming to finish higher up the table this time around, so best believe Daniels will be key if they are to do so.
Perhaps the best thing to come out of last season for Arsenal was the emergence of Alex Iwobi. In a season full of disappointment, missed opportunities and fan outrage, Iwobi was a consistent source of pace, skill and youthful exuberance. He racked up the points in the second half of the season, and he carried on from where he left off in pre-season this summer. It’s likely that Iwobi will be at the heart of any Arsenal form in the early part of the season, and at just £6 million, you won’t get many better cheap goalscorers.
Burnley are back in the big time, and if they are to survive this season, Andre Gray will be heavily relied upon for goals. Gray’s rise through the leagues is reminiscent of Jamie Vardy’s incredible rags-to-riches story, and his style of play is also comparable to the Leicester City hitman. With blistering pace, power, a low centre of gravity and an eye for goal, Gray has proven his goalscoring ability in the lower leagues for years. Though he is obviously unproven in the Premier League, he has the right attitude and workrate to make something out of nothing. Something that every club fighting at the bottom of the table needs.
Whether you’re a Man United fan or not, everyone should happy to see Luke Shaw back fit and playing football. A brilliantly talented youngster, who has the attitude and physical attributes to still make it to the top. Though he had a long layoff after he broke his leg, he’s back playing and, when fit, is sure to start every game. He’s only valued at £5.5 million, which is a steal considering he’s £1 million cheaper than Bellerin and NOT playing in Arsenal’s defence.