Potential fantasy football bargains ahead of the new season

The 2021/22 Premier League season is edging ever closer, and with it comes the return of fantasy football.

Player prices were revealed in stages last week – and there are plenty of players that will appeal to FPL users in every price bracket.

Let’s take a look at five potential fantasy football bargains ahead of the new season:

Raphinha (Leeds United, £6.5m)

After an outstanding first Premier League season, many FPL fans were surprised at such a low price for Brazilian winger Raphinha.

The 24-year-old had an excellent campaign for Leeds, scoring six goals and providing an extra nine assists.

At £6.5m, he really is a bargain for FPL starter teams this year, especially if he can go on to replicate or even better last season’s numbers.

Ivan Toney (Brentford, £6.5m)

Ivan Toney’s 31 goals played a key role in Brentford’s promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history.

It has been some rise for the 25-year-old. Sold by Newcastle for what was reported as a fee of £650,000, Toney plundered 40 goals across two seasons in League One before sealing a multi-million pound move to the Bees last summer.

The test now will be to see whether he can produce at the top level of English football. Given Brentford’s attractive style of play and the fact that Toney is the club’s penalty taker, FPL fans should definitely consider adding the striker to their team.

Adama Traore (Wolverhampton Wanderers, £6m)

Last season was a difficult campaign for Wolves. They finished in 13th – their lowest position since returning to the Premier League in 2018 – and manager Nuno Espirito Santo departed following the last game.

Adama Traore was relatively quiet in terms of goals and assists, recording two in each category.

But the Spanish speedster did created six big chances, and with Wolves now managed by new boss Bruno Lage, Traore could go on to record some big numbers this campaign.

Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion, £4.5m)

Robert Sanchez was drafted into the Brighton starting XI by Graham Potter in November 2020 to make his Premier League debut, and he has never looked back.

Sanchez went on to make 27 appearances in the league, playing 26 games in a row from December onwards. He kept a total of 10 clean sheets, including shutouts against Liverpool and Tottenham.

A maiden Spain call-up followed, and at £4.5m, the Brighton stopper could well be a very popular pick on FPL this season.

Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool, £5.5m)

After signing from Bayern Munich last summer, Thiago had a relatively slow start to his Liverpool career.

But he was a regular starter from January onwards, and featured prominently towards the end of the campaign as Liverpool won each of their last five games to secure Champions League football for next season.

One goal and no assists didn’t represent a great return in terms of FPL points, but the Spanish midfielder has proven over the years that he is a threat in both of those areas.

At £5.5 million for a regular starter for one of the league’s top teams, Thiago could well be worth purchasing.

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