Promoted Teams to the 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League season
Posted by FFPundits
10:09am Jul 10 2019
Key players from newly promoted Norwich City, Aston Villa and Sheffield United are explored and assessed of the worthiness for our FPL teams
Article written and produced by @FPL_takethehit
One of the first things we do as Fantasy Premier League managers, at the start of each season, is assess the promoted teams and their respective players.
In the following article, we highlight the potential star players, budget gems and our player price predictions for each of the three promoted teams.
Luckily for you all, I support a Championship team (Leeds United…we were so close!), so would like to think I know my way around the newly promoted teams.
Norwich City and Sheffield United finished the Championship 1st and 2nd respectively, as per the bookmakers prediction – while Aston Villa secured promotion to the Premier League via the play-off final.
Let’s begin with the top goal scorers and assisters in their promotion season:
Leading Goal scorers in the Championship (from promoted teams)
1. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) – 29
2. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) – 26
3. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) – 23
Leading Assists in the Championship (from promoted teams)
1. Emi Buendia (Norwich City) – 12
2. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) – 11
3. John Fleck (Sheffield United) – 10
Top scorer Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) is an obvious contender for our third striker spot this season.
We will watch Chelsea closely to see whether they recall Aston Villa talisman Tammy Abraham from loan… should he stay, he could be a huge asset – especially as he was on penalties for Villa.
Billy Sharp had a season to remember and at the ripe age of 34, a Glenn Murray-type season could be on the cards.
We also analyse the attacking & defensive stats of the Championship as well as their home & away records:
93 goals scored vs. 57 goals conceded
Home scored 51 vs. Home conceded 34
Away scored 42 vs. Away conceded 23
78 goals scored vs. 41 goals conceded
Home scored 42 vs. Home conceded 17
Away scored 36 vs. Away conceded 24
82 goals scored vs. 61 goals conceded
Home scored 50 vs. Home conceded 36
Away scored 32 vs. Away conceded 25
We should possibly be considering a Norwich attacking asset as they could bring their entertaining nature to the FPL platform, with decent points from all positions as they’re proven to score both home and away.
A Sheffield United defender could prove fruitful for the 2019/20 FPL season – they conceded the least amount of goals for the season in the Championship and have an exceptional home record at Bramall Lane, with defensive assets at affordable prices.
Preview of Aston Villa
Sealing promotion back to the EPL after a 3-year hiatus will leave Dean Smiths’ Villa raring to go in the new season.
Stand-in Captain Jack “Sparrow” Grealish (£6.0m) took his troops to play-off final glory against Derby County and will hope to lay a platform for EPL solidarity next season.
We begin their analysis between the sticks as Jed Steer (£4.5m) should take the reins after a solid end to the season, but after conceding 61 goals over the course of the season, maybe look at another promoted budget keeper for reliable points until proven otherwise.
UPDATE: Burnley ‘keeper Tom Heaton (£4.5m) is reportedly a top transfer target for Aston Villa, so watch this space…
If you were to look at a Villa defender, then Ahmed Elmohamady (£4.5m) is the guy for you! He had a fantastic promotion season consistently menacing down that right flank, scoring 2 goals and assisting 8 goals.
Should captain James Chester (£4.5m) reclaim his centre-back spot (more than likely) after being injured for a chunk of last season, he could be a massive FPL asset. He scored 5 goals in half a season! Chester’s on header guys – maybe get on board?
Moving onto midfield, the shoot-on-site number 7 John McGinn (£5.5m) accumulated 107 shots for the season (Abraham only had 10 more) netting 9 times and assisting 7 times. 14 yellow cards is the only worry about the ill-tempered Scottish-man.
Meanwhile Conor Hourihane (£6.0m) scored 8 goals and assisted 11 as Jack Grealish scored 6 goals and assisted 7.
One to watch is winger Anwar El-Ghazi (£5.5m) who could have a huge impact as he did in the play-off final, with a total of 6 goals and 6 assists for the season.
Up front, we will find out shortly if Villa’s focal point Tammy Abraham stays or goes, if he stays… 26 goals in a promotion season is a great achievement and we can definitely look at him as cheap enabler and starter.
We now wait to see who Villa buy with their influx of promotion monies… definitely an exciting season ahead for the Villans!
Preview of Sheffield United
Next we look at Chris Wilder’s defensively staunch Sheffield United, who’s automatic promotion berth was largely due to two facets of their game.
A water-tight defence with only 41 goals conceded all season (the best in the Championship) and a captain who was on-fire all season long in Billy Sharp (shooter) (£6.0m) who contributed over a quarter of United’s season goals!
This could prove to be a double-edged sword, however, as sole reliance on any single player in the EPL can prove costly.
Let’s look at the neat and tidy defensive line for the Yorkshire-men starting with Dean Henderson (currently unavailable on FPL until officially returns on loan from Man United) in goal, who could be an absolute steal if they can keep up their great home form with only 17 goals conceded. Predicted price is £4.5m.
Next Enda Stevens (£5.0m) is a great option in my opinion, having contributed 4 goals and 6 assists last season – however, the stat that really has me sold on the marauding left-back is that he scored all 4 goals in his last 6 games of the season.
The very experienced Chris Basham (£4.5m) is another player who I’d keep an eye on, as not only did he score 4 times and assist a goal last season, but also could be a very sneaky ‘out of position’ player as he sometimes plies his trade in the midfield.
Speaking of midfield – the ever reliable John Fleck (£5.0m) came up with some important contributions in their promotion season. Not a prolific scorer (only netting twice from the 50 shots he had) but a great link up player, assisting 10 times in the 2018/19 campaign.
If the number 4 gets his shooting boots on, a decent season could be on the cards, making him a huge differential, but a risky one at that.
Oliver Norwood (£5.0m) is another option in midfield for United, netting 3 goals and 8 assists and the Englishman was one of the first names on the team sheet last season.
Now to captain courageous, Billy Sharp (shooter) (£6.0m). The old-timer turned back the clock and had a season to remember, scoring 23 times and assisting 4 on his journey to promotion.
A definite one to watch for the new season, however, he only shares the penalty duties with his strike-partner, David McGoldrick (£5.5m) whom also had a season to remember.
Netting 15 goals and 4 assists, the 31 year-old had more shots than Sharp over the course of the season and is another player to keep an eye on.
Preview of Norwich City
Finally we land on Daniel Farke’s rampaging Norwich City. What a great season they had, scoring 93 times on their way to top spot in the Championship.
Experienced Ghanaian midfielder Alexander Tettey (£4.5m) was stand-in captain for most of last season and used all his experience to help guide the Canaries to Championship glory.
In goal is the well-know former-FPL budget-enabler Tim Krul (£4.5m).
The Dutchman could live up to his budget-enabling reputation and do it again this season for FPL owners, with his penchant for a cheeky penalty save & VAR on the cards, many will be turning to Tim.
At the back, Christoph Zimmermann (£4.5m) and Tim Klose (£4.5m) both had great seasons, playing plenty of minutes and earning 6 goals and 3 assists between them and should nail down defensive positions.
The exciting Max Aarons (£4.5m) received the EFL Youth Player of the Season award last season after his 2 goals and 6 assists and could also be worth adding to your watch list.
There’s always that promotion midfield player we want to believe is the next Charlie Adam or Michu – could it be Emi Buendia (£6.0m)?
The attacking midfielder/winger had a very productive season in 2018/19, scoring 8 times and assisting 12 – he could explode if he lives up to expectations of FPL Take The Hit!
Otherwise in midfield, if given the chance, Mario Vrancic (£6.5m) has the potential to excite in the EPL and Onel Hernandez (£5.5m) could be another to watch notching 8 goals and 9 assists.
The stone-cold Fin in Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) had himself a season to remember, earning himself the golden boot trophy in the Championship, netting a cool 29 goals!
He even assisted 9 times so in the 43 games he played in, he was involved in 38 goals and is a must consider for the new Fantasy Premier League season.
For a more budget friendly Norwich striker, who is actually listed as a midfielder on FPL, Marco Stiepermann (£5.5m) scored 9 and assisted 6 but was largely a side-kick for the Finland International.
We hope this advice can help begin your 2019/20 FPL campaign on the right foot and stay tuned as we have plenty more insightful articles on the way, as well as quality content on our FPL Take the Hit YouTube and FPL Take the Hit Podcasts channels.
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