I love mid-priced midfielders in FPL. In fact, I’d say it’s my 2nd favourite category of FPL player, edged out by the £4.5m striker who’s already been loaned to a Turkish side before the season gets underway.
In any given season, the mid-priced midfielder is probably my most rotated position. They are capable of greatness and mediocrity in equal measure; and are usually the best place in the squad to experiment with a differential or two.
In short; a “template” mid-priced midfielder is about as rare as a good steak. Finding one can offer you stability, team value growth (for those that are into that sort of thing) and, importantly, a valuable edge over those around you.
I’ve classified mid-priced midfielders as any midfielder in that £6.0m – £9.0m price bracket. Let’s see who’s on offer going into the 2019/20 season.
Who are the best mid-priced midfielders in FPL 2019/20?
Gylfi Sigurdsson – £8.0m
Ever since I started doing my weekly shop at Iceland, I’ve fostered a quiet appreciation for Gylfi’s talents. The penalty-taking mid-priced midfielder spent most of last season bubbling beneath the surface of the top-tier FPL must-haves, evading the attention of most.
Nonetheless, a huge points tally of 182 saw him rack up the 5th highest points tally in the midfielder category, bested only by Salah, Hazard Sterling and Mane. Not bad for a midfielder who, even after such an impressive season, is priced at just £8.0m.
If last season was Everton’s transition, Toffees fans will be hoping that Silva’s medium-term plans start to come to fruition in the 2019/20 campaign. Sigurdsson – who racked up 13 goals and 6 assists for his 18/19 owners – will doubtless be a vital part of Everton’s ascension.
Bernardo Silva – £8.0m
In case you hadn’t noticed, there aren’t many players that are guaranteed minutes under Pep Guardiola. Aside from Ederson, who plays every minute unless he’s been recently kicked in the head by Mane, and Laporte, City’s only centre-back not aged or incompetent, Bernardo Silva is one of the few boys in blue who almost always gets a runout.
The reason for Pep’s apparent favouritism is obvious. Bernardo is a good player. Versatile, skilful and surprisingly combative, he fits into Guardiola’s system with seamless ease.
But the biggest problem with Bernardo Silva is also his biggest strength: he plays for the best team in the league. This means not only does he have to share FPL points with the embarrassment of talent around him, but also that he takes up a valuable City slot.
The question, then, is whether Bernardo Silva will score enough points to make that extra City space a worthy sacrifice. Given his assured minutes and growing influence in the team, I don’t see why not.
Ryan Fraser – £7.5m
If Ryan Fraser didn’t start at £5.5m last season, his inflated price tag ahead of the 2019/20 season would be considered a bargain by most. With 7 goals and a massive 14 assists last season, the Scotsman’s 181 points bested the likes of Firmino, Kane and Pogba.
These impressive numbers were enforced by his underlying stats, too. He actually underperformed on his assist tally, registering a ridiculous xA of 16.18 across last campaign. For context, that was 1st in the Premier League my some distance. Hazard was 2nd; he amassed an xA of 11.57.
His numbers don’t look like slowing, either. At 25-years-old, the diminutive playmaker is just approaching his prime. If Bournemouth (and by “Bournemouth” I mean “Callum Wilson”) can be a bit more clinical, Fraser may not be in the mid-priced midfielders category for much longer.
Wilfried Zaha – £7.0m
You may not have heard, but Wilfried Zaha is the latest benefactor of FPL’s somewhat dubious classification of what it means to be a midfielder.
Despite his relatively low FPL ownership last season, Zaha actually netted 10 goals and 11 assists, outscoring the likes of Jota, Deulofeu and Rashford with 143 points.
If there’s any credence to the transfer rumours, we might well end up with a supremely gifted mid-priced midfielder with a proven FPL history playing for a top-six club.
But even without a summer transfer, Zaha’s ever-present threat makes him a great option to shore up your midfield. If he does stay at Palace, he’ll face Sheffield United and Aston Villa during the first six gameweeks: a potentially lucrative start indeed.
Nathan Redmond – £6.5m
Redmond didn’t really hit the heights that Guardiola so passionately believes he’s capable of last season. But towards the end of the campaign, having bedded into Hassenhutl’s system more comfortably than a Tempur mattress, there were glimmers of the threat and talent that Pep allegedly spotted back in 2017.
Between mid-February and the end of the season, Redmond had the 10th highest non-penalty xG in the Premier League, beating out more fancied assets like Jimenez, Aguero and Hazard. Though he struggled to convert most of those chances, he had impressed enough FPL managers to creep into the most transferred in players ahead of Gameweek 38.
Incidentally, his goal on the final weekend won me my cash-league. That absolutely has not factored into my recommendation here, but I do think there’s a genuine case to make him your set-and-forget captain ahead of the 19/20 season.
Ayoze Perez – £6.5m
I can almost feel your scepticism from here. Prior to researching this article, I might’ve understood it, too. But not anymore. Now I’m team Perez. I’ve had a t-shirt made. My mug is adorned with his face. Whether you like it or not, he deserves to be in an article about the best mid-priced midfielders.
Firstly, I was shocked to see how many points Ayoze Perez tallied last season. 141 in total, which puts him on a level par with Wilfried Zaha, above the Jotas, Maddisons and Rashfords of the world. I’ll say that one more time: Ayoze Perez scored more points than Diogo Jota last season. Was he in your team? Of course he wasn’t.
But, similarly to Zaha, FPL have moved Ayoze Perez from a forward to a midfielder this season. The difference between their 2018/19 points totals was just 2 points, but Leicester’s latest acquisition is £0.5m cheaper.
The fact he’s joined a stronger team in the Foxes only strengthens his case for FPL consideration. If he manages to pin down a place in their starting 11, he could be a fantastic asset under Brendan Rodgers.
David Brooks – £6.5m
Many of the great FPL assets were once bargains. Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez – all of them have started seasons priced at less than £6.5m.
It should feel hyperbolic to draw comparisons between David Brooks and these legends, but somehow, it doesn’t. The youngster’s breakout 18/19 campaign was impressive, if marred by injury in the latter half.
But scoring 123 points in 2263 minutes, Brooks’ 7 goals and 6 assists showed plenty of FPL potential. His place in a very attacking Bournemouth side seems to be cemented, and, if he can stay fit, there’s no reason not to expect big things from the Welshman.
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