Top 5 FPL Bench Fillers: £4.5m or Less!
Posted by FFPundits
6:25pm Sep 3 2020
When putting together your Fantasy Premier League squad, you need a few cheaper options to fill the bench and free up cash to use elsewhere.
Although it’s ideal to spend as little as possible on these players, you still want to ensure you’ve got someone who can come in and provide cover, in the event that a member of your starting XI misses out for any reason.
Here’s a look at 5 bench options to consider for the start of the 2020/21 season:
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5. Ørjan Nyland – Aston Villa [4.0M]
Opening fixtures: Blank (-), Sheff United (H), Fulham (A)
Tom Heaton (4.5) has returned to light training after a serious knee injury saw him miss the second half of last season but he isn’t targeting a return to action until mid-October.
This means there’s an opportunity for Ørjan Nyland to start Aston Villa’s first 3 or 4 matches of the new season, though Jed Steer (also priced at £4.0m) will provide competition.
With fixtures against Sheffield Utd and Fulham after their Blank Gameweek 1, it could even be worth using the Aston Villa goalkeeper as part of a rotation with another £4.5m option.
UPDATE: Since recording and writing, Manchester United’s no.2 Goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, has been heavily linked with Aston Villa.
4. Rhian Brewster – Liverpool [4.5M]
Opening fixtures: Leeds (H), Chelsea (A), Arsenal (H)
Whilst he’s unlikely to be handed many minutes at Liverpool this season, Rhian Brewster could be the pick of the £4.5m FPL forwards if he gets a loan move to another Premier League club.
The 20-year-old spent last season in the Championship with Swansea, where he netted 11 goals in 22 appearances.
Several sides are said to be interested in the England under-21 international, including Aston Villa and Sheffield Utd.
3. Yves Bissouma – Brighton [4.5M]
Opening fixtures: Chelsea (H), Newcastle (A), Man United (H)
Brighton’s Yves Bissouma made just 22 appearances last season but injury played a big part in his lack of selection, rather than simply tactical reasons; 72% of his minutes came in the second half of the campaign.
He was one of the Seagulls’ most impressive players since the 2019/20 season restart, featuring in all 9 Gameweeks and playing slightly more minutes than popular FPL asset Dale Stephens (593 vs 585).
The two £4.5m midfielders each recorded 4 shots during that period but Bissouma had the better accuracy – hitting the target twice and finding the back of the net with a strike from 25 yards out against Burnley on the final day.
2. Tyrick Mitchell – Palace [4.0M]
Opening fixtures: Saints (H), Man United (A), Everton (H)
Crystal Palace have provided us with £4.0m defender options in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Martin Kelly over the past two seasons and it looks like they may be about to deliver the goods again.
Tyrick Mitchell has been Roy Hodgson’s preferred option at left-back in pre-season and in the absence of Patrick van Aanholt – sidelined with a shoulder injury – it looks like the 20-year-old will be given the chance to start the season.
Highly-rated full-back Nathan Ferguson (4.0) recently joined Palace as a free agent after his contract expiration at West Brom and looks set to compete with Joel Ward for the right-back spot.
He’s currently recovering from a knee injury and could miss the start of the season but may prove to be a more reliable long-term option than Mitchell.
1. Oriol Romeu – Saints [4.5M]
Opening fixtures: Palace (A), Spurs (H), Burnley (A)
Featuring in 8 out of 9 matches since the restart, Oriol Romeu was handed 549 minutes; behind only Bednarek (630), Walker-Peters (631) and McCarthy (810) amongst teammates.
With the departure of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, the Spaniard looks primed to keep his place as the preferred partner to James Ward-Prowse in central-midfield.
As with any £4.5m option, his attacking potential is limited but despite failing to record an assist, no other FPL midfielder at that price proved as creative since the restart.
The 28-year-old amassed 8 attempted assists; an average of 1.3 per 90 minutes.
That included 3 big chances created – which again, was more than any other player in this group – at an average of 0.5 per 90.
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