Welcome to our Comparison Series which utilises the Hub's Player Comparison Tool available on the Hub website and the app. FPL_Junior will be comparing sets of similar positioned and priced players to help us determine which asset we should seek to have in our FPL teams.
The forward position is usually a tricky spot for our Gameweek 1 drafts and this season is no different with there being no out and out premium to pick from. Usually, the £8.5m region would be classed as towards the top of mid-priced but this season it's in an awkward middle ground. A player from this price point looks a wise pick in order to be flexible and two of last season's most valuable assets have been priced here. I've decided to base this comparison on their performances after the Premier League returned in June. Firstly with the short break between seasons their form may not drastically change unlike a usual transition between campaigns. Secondly, Danny Ings' minutes massively improved towards the back end of the season and this is more realistic for next season as long as he can maintain his fitness,
Both mid-priced forwards have been given a price increase up to £8.5m, the most expensive they've ever been in FPL. Danny Ings has seen a huge jump after he made a mockery of his 19/20 £6.0m price tag. He ended the season at £7.6m but has come in £2.0m cheaper than the most expensive forward. This is definitely justified after narrowly being pipped to the golden boot by Jamie Vardy and with him finishing the season with the second most number of minutes in his career. Raul Jimenez receives consecutive price rises since he's been a Premier League footballer with a £1.0m jump this year. He rose to £8.0m when the season finished but was only half a dozen points from breaking the 200 barrier.
Ings was played centrally on 35 occasions this season and this can be seen with the majority of his touches coming centrally in the box. He has had to go deep in order to retrieve the ball on occasions in an attempt to dribble past opposing backlines or shoot from range. He's also drifted slightly to the left which allows him to cut onto his right and hit shots into the far post with his right foot. On two occasions he was started as a second striker and scored in both games. He also played once on the right-wing for his GW1 blank
Jimenez has had a mammoth season with Europa league duties but he's started every single game as a centre forward. He's dropped deeper than the former with Wolves' deep block meaning he tends to receive the ball further down the pitch. He also seems to stray towards the right-hand side of the park compared to Ings' more central position. Ings' 5.92 touches in the box per 90 beat Jimenez' 5.69. Neither of these numbers is groundbreaking which is expected for mid-table sides who don't dominate possession but it's above the average forwards.