FPL Diary attempt to create a balanced FPL side with Sterling, Salah AND Kane in it

10:36am Aug 3 2019

Tottenham’s Harry Kane will lead the line and wear the captains armband against Aston Villa in Gameweek 1 for FPL Diary

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There have been weeks of tweaks fuelled by scouting, injuries, pre-season form (or lack thereof) and the ever-receding luxury of having unlimited transfers – but the time for talk is almost over.

Gameweek 1 of the new Premier League season is looming and FPL managers all over the world will imminently be required to lock in their teams.

Today, we have invited Toby Margetts, from FPL Diary to share his thoughts and opinions on his current draft ahead of the Gameweek 1 deadline.

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Goalkeepers

With no viable £4.0m keepers this year, I’ve decided to rotate two £4.5m options in Pope and Heaton. At £9m for both, I feel that’s a superior option versus the premium + £4m option. It also saves me a precious £1m and frees up a slot for a Liverpool or Man City asset.

Defenders

Double Liverpool defence appears to be in vogue this season – I’ve seen so many drafts with two of the Trent/Robbo/VVD trio.

I’m going against the grain, however, and only picking one: Robertson (£7m) – he’s 100% nailed-on whereas I feel Trent may be liable to rotation with Gomez.

For a £7m defender, I want guaranteed minutes.

Next, I have Kyle Walker-Peters (£5m). With Trippier gone, Foyth stretchered off in a pre-season friendly and Aurier undergoing hand surgery he seems nailed. Good value for Spurs defensive coverage.

Zinchenko is my third defender. At £5.5m he’s the cheapest route into the City defence along with Stones but I’m confident he’ll provide greater attacking returns.

With Mendy not fit for the first few weeks of the season I think he could make the left-back slot at City his own.

I’m convinced Angeliño isn’t getting league minutes.

My fourth defender is Zouma who has looked solid in pre-season. I’m certain he’ll partner David Luiz at centre-back with Rudiger not yet fit. Again, £5m for Chelsea coverage is good value.

Finally, I’ve gone with West Ham’s Ben Johnson as my fifth defender. He’s unlikely to be anything more than bench fodder for me at £4m, but he’s been playing in nearly all pre-season games and getting rave reviews.

Midfielders

For me, this season’s challenge was always: how can I get Salah (£12.5m) and Sterling (£12m) in my team without other areas looking disastrous?

Both are FPL royalty and will likely share my captain chip for most of the season. Challenge accepted.

Fraser (£7.5m) was brilliant last season and, with Brooks injured, I think he’ll become the focal point of Bournemouth’s attack. His early fixtures look fantastic.

Similarly, Siggy (£8m) only faces two of last season’s ‘Big 6’ in his first 14 fixtures this year. He’s arguably Everton’s best player and should be on penalties, free kicks and corners.

FPL favourite Dendoncker (£4.5m) is my enabler, although a bit of pre-season scouting suggests he’s playing a little further forward this season. Could be very handy as he’s mostly nailed-on.

Forwards

Once again, I feel like I’ve gone against the FPL community with my front line. It feels like most are opting for at least two up top with the likes of Jota/Deulofeu/King filling the spots.

I absolutely cannot overlook Kane (£11m) at that price point. He’s another that fits into the FPL royalty category and he’s proved that 30+ goals a season isn’t unrealistic if he stays healthy.

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In order to facilitate Kane, I’m forced into two budget options in Greenwood (£4.5m) and Nketiah (£4.5m) – neither will see much action, but, with a bit of luck, that shouldn’t matter.

Kane to Aubameyang is a potential switch I can make easily if the latter bangs.

I’ll be starting with a 4-5-1 – my bench occupied by Greenwood, Johnson and Nketiah.

About the authour

Toby forms half of the @FPLDiary duo alongside co-author Gianni Butticè. In 2019 the pair had their first book published titled Fantasy Premier League: The Secrets To Unlocking A Top 1% Finish with the hope of helping FPL managers take their game to the next level.

Published by Ockley Books and with a foreword from Mrs FPL herself, Jules Breach, the book is available to buy now priced at just £7.99 for the paperback and £4.99 for the e-book.

In addition, the boys run FPLDiary.co.uk where, throughout the season, they both reveal their team prior to the gameweek deadline.

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