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Who are the Best FPL £4.5m Forwards?

Once we have picked the bulk of our FPL squads and filled out the main positions such as our premium midfielders, forwards, and defensive rotations, our attentions shift to our bench options.

To get the most out of our starting 11, you generally need a weaker bench. It has been proven to be beneficial to also research the ‘bench fodder’ options.

A £4.5m forward may seem quite insignificant in the grand scheme of things. However, if we just look at some recent examples such as Aaron Wan Bissaka, who emerged as a £4.0m regular starter for Crystal Palace in the 2018/19 season, we can see how valuable it can be.

Even Harry Kane was once a £4.5m forward. In 2013/14, he scored three goals and two assists in his last six league games.

He was subsequently priced at £5.0m in 2014/15 and scored 21 goals and 7 assists in 34 games.

It definitely pays off to research the lower priced options as it could save you transfers down the line.

You don't want to be using your transfers on bringing in budget players who will inevitably skyrocket in price if they perform well.

To get the best overall start, and to also preserve your team value, it’s important to try pick the best ones from the off.

 

 

Why Pick £4.5m Forwards? 

In most cases, you include a £4.5m forward due to team structure and to upgrade other areas in your squad. It’s rare to have a regular starter in this category and using this position as effectively a ‘dead’ option can prove to be beneficial.

It allows you to go for a 3-5-2 with five strong midfielders, or even a 4-4-2 with an extra mid-priced or premium defender rather than a third forward.

Historically, £4.5m midfielders and defenders have outscored the £4.5m forwards.

There really isn’t much value in this price point so the best thing to do is to use it as a means to upgrade elsewhere. You could also find the extra one to two million in your budget to bring in a viable mid-priced forward.

 

The Best £4.5m Forwards in FPL - Gameweek 1


Keinan Davis (£4.5m) – Aston Villa

The 23-year-old played 265 minutes last season scoring a goal and nothing an assist.  He has once again come in at the lowest possible price for a forward.

Although he may be a good option as a third striker on your bench, I wouldn’t expect any significant game time anytime soon.

With Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) the nailed first-team striker and Wesley (£5.5m) back from injury, it's going to take a lot for Davis to see any regular minutes.

It would most likely take a serious injury to one or two of his strike partners for him to come into contention.

He made 15 appearances last season but only made one start. I can see him getting similar minutes this season.

Davis will likely get subbed on late in games and get more minutes later on in the season when fatigue starts to affect the first team players.

Keinan Davis Stats. Best budget forwards

Keinan Davis Stats

 

Michael Obafemi (£4.5m) – Southampton

From all the £4.5m forwards, the 21-year old Irishman has the most goals with four. He only made four appearances last season.

Yet he managed three goals and two assists in 2019/20 with only 21 appearances.

He also is in the unfortunate position of having two forwards in Danny Ings (£8.0m) and Che Adams (£7.0m) ahead of him in the pecking order.

It would take a long-term injury to at least one of these for Obafemi to have any chance of solid minutes.

With Ings and Adams so far ahead of him, I don’t see him featuring much at all this season if he were to stay at Southampton.

Michael Obafemi Stats. Best £4.5m forward gameweek 1

Michael Obafemi Stats

 

Stipe Perica/Dapo Mebude (£4.5m) – Watford

Stipe Perica played 16 matches last season for the Hornets with only two starts. He managed one goal and one assist.

He has had stints in the Serie A with Udinese where he scored 10 goals and two assists in 69 games.

Perica also had a spell in the Eredivisie with NAC Breda where he scored nine goals and recorded three assists in 35 matches.

Dapo Mebdue just signed for Watford. The 19-year-old has come from Rangers who he only played one game for.

He was on loan to Queens Park Rangers last season where he managed two goals in six starts.

With Watford having 10 forwards on the books currently, it’s very hard to see any of these getting much playing time at all.

Yet Mebude looks to be the most promising out of the two. He seems like an exciting young talent who Watford have signed on footballing merit.

There is also a fair chance at least one of them will go out on loan this season so it's one we will need to keep an eye on.

Conclusion - £4.5m Forwards

Admittedly, there aren’t really any good £4.5m budget forward options this season. Not at the moment anyway!

With only four £4.5m forwards options in FPL, and none of them guaranteed any sort of significant game time, I think you simply have to go for the one who is likely to play the most minutes or break into the team.

The best out of this bunch is probably Keinan Davis who played 265 minutes last season and managed a goal and an assist.

Obafemi played only 57 minutes last season, and 655 minutes in 2019/20 where he picked up three goals and two assists.

The current Watford forwards could be on their way to other clubs so it ultimately only leaves us with two feasible options.

With so much business for clubs still to do, there will be plenty of new signings from now until the start of the season. I am still hoping we see a more exciting £4.5m forward emerge before Gameweek 1 begins.

 

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