The Premier League kicks off in less than 2 weeks, which means hardcore FPL managers are already tinkering with their squads.
There’s no doubt there’ll be plenty of different drafts submitted before the deadline but a lot of them will have the same player over and over again. These are your ‘must-haves’.
Here are 5 FPL players we think are must-have that you should consider in all your drafts.
Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.5m)
The marauding Liverpool right-back is the best pick in the premium defender category.
He has 7 goals and a whopping 36 assists in the last three seasons. He could have another 180-200 points season if he matches that output.
Virgin van Dijk is back, and the Reds have also bought Ibrahima Konate to shore up the defence.
Furthermore, fans will be back at Anfield, and Liverpool is unlikely to repeat the horrid home run of last year.
All this should translate to more clean sheets and therefore more points.
Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m)
Your team can revolve around the Portuguese midfield maestro. He is a world-class talent who hit the ground running in the Premier League.
He was the top points scorer last term with 244 points. Bruno is a risk-taker and at the heart of United’s attacking play.
Last season he scored 13 out of 14 penalty shots – which could come in handy considering the Red Devils get more than their fair share over the course of a campaign. He is also on corners and direct free-kicks.
The arrival of Jadon Sancho should only boost his potential.
Jorginho winning Ballon d’or would be a travesty.
Messi deserves it and it’s not even close.
— Fantasy Football Pundit – FPL Tips and Help (@FantasyFPundit) July 14, 2021
Mohamed Salah (£12.5m)
There are no surprises that Salah will start the season as the most picked player and there’s good reason why.
He has scored more than 200 points in each of the last four seasons. Last season’s total of 231 was actually his lowest in four years which is testament to how incredible he has been in Fantasy Premier League.
With no international commitments over the summer, Salah will be ready for Gameweek 1. Liverpool start their campaign away to Norwich which, on paper, seems one of the better fixtures to haul in.
They then go on to host Burnley in Gameweek 2. It would be a brave FPL manager to overlook the Egyptian for those 2 games.
Harry Kane (£12.5m)
In 2020/21, the England captain enjoyed the most prolific fantasy season of his career. He scored 23 goals and supplied 14 assists for a total score of 242 points – second overall in player standings.
Kane won the Golden Boot last year despite playing a little deeper than usual. His combination with Son Heung-min, in particular, was spectacular.
He took the most shots last year (137) and was also on top for key passes and big chances created among forwards.
If he were to move to Man City as the papers suggest, it would be a no-brainer to pick him.
Ivan Toney (£6.5m)
There are a plethora of strikers in the mid-price region, but the Brentford striker could prove to be last year’s Bamford.
He scored a record 31 goals in the championship last season and made 10 assists. He is the first-choice penalty taker for his side and also on some direct free kicks.
At the time of writing, Toney is the second most selected forward with 32% ownership.
Brentford have been brilliant in the pre-season, and with a kind fixture list in the opening gameweeks, they could settle down quickly in the big league.