Promoted Sides: FPL picks

In this piece, we shall discuss the best FPL assets from the three promoted teams in the Premier League. The teams climbing up from the Championship usually provide 2-3 merit points in choosing them. They can be broadly summarised as –

a. Priced very low – almost all players can be termed in the “budget” category.

b. Relatively lesser owned – provides a good differential option.

c. Coherent and In-form teams – Teams that have won 30+ matches in the Championship last season then to perform better than the team that collected just over 30 points in the Premier league last season.

This season, there are multiple players from the relegated sides that have already caught the eye of the FPL mangers on the basis of the performances last year and the pre-season. Though these players may have lost the differential factor, but they still present a potentially good pick for the price.

Note: Fixtures for Watford are very good, while Brentford have relatively decent fixtures as well. The fixtures for Norwich however, aren’t very favourable and therefore they may not prove to be a good pick from GW1.

Watford

1. Ismaila Sarr: £6.0m (MID)

To take advantage of the brilliant Watford fixtures, the talisman, Sarr is the best pick. Can be termed as the cheaper Salah, Ismaila plays on the right wing, and stays forward and central leading all attacks for Watford. Like Salah, Sarr is also on penalties for Watford, thereby giving a small safety net to the FPL Managers.

2. Daniel Bachmann: £4.5m (GK)

Watford had the best defence in the Championship last season, and partly due to the shot stopper, Bachmann. Filling in for the injured goal keeper Foster, Bachmann took his chance and established himself as the No. 1 in the Watford team.

Combined with his price, good fixtures and proven defence of Norwich, Bachmann can prove to be a shrewd pick, with promise of instant results in the very first few weeks.

3. Kiko Femenia: £4.5m (DEF)

Like Bachmann, Femenia has a potential to earn points for the clean sheets that Watford have the potential to keep in the initial run of fixtures. Further, he is one of the most consistent players in the Watford team, along with a reasonable crossing ability, which gives him some attacking potential too.

Brentford

1. Ivan Toney: £6.5m (FWD)

The highly owned forward has been the talk of the town this season between the FPL managers for the striker spot. Priced at just £6.5m, he is amongst the cheapest strikers in the game guaranteed to start week-in and week-out.

He had a glaring season in the Championship last year, where he scored 31 goals along with 10 assists. Further, Toney is also on penalty duties for Brentford, which assures you a safety net in picking him.

Brentford also play very attractive and attacking football, which should support Toney, as he is bound to get multiple chances to score goals through-out the season.

2. Bryan Mbeumo: £5.5m (MID)

The fact that Brentford are a team with attacking flair is also on Mbeumo. He is part of the reason how they play attacking football and one of the beneficiaries of the same too.

Although he has been listed as midfielder in the FPL, he often plays as the second striker along with Toney in a two-striker formation. Where not playing as a striker, who can be seen on the wing, with the same attacking flair.

Mbeumo had 11 assists in the Championship last year, along with 8 goals to show in the roughly 3000 minutes he played through.

Norwich

1. Adam Idah: £5.0m (FWD)

Idah looked fantastic in the pre-season for the Canaries as he scored four goals in the five pre-season games. The young Irishman could only play 325 minutes last season in the Championship due to multiple injuries. But despite that, he had shown glimpse of his quality with 3 goals and an assist in that limited amount of gametime.

Now, freshly back and ready to firing, the speedster has shown great amount of promise in the pre-season, and is a potentially amazing pick at the price point.

2. Andrew Omobamidele: £4.0m (DEF)

A £4.0m starting defender? Get in. Although, in the past seasons, it has been rare that the lowest priced players of any type have been in line to start for their respective teams. But in the FPL 21/22 season, three defenders priced £4.0m are in contention to start in the early weeks of the Premier League.

Amongst them, Andy Omobamidele, included, are too good to not have in the team given the price point.

3. Todd Cantwell: £5.5m (MID)

The long hair blonde has been as lively and creative in the pre-season for Norwich as he has been in the Championship last year. He made four assists in the four pre-season games he played, on the back of a season where he a tally of 6 goals and 7 assists in the 2600 minutes he managed in the Championship season with an injury.