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- Best Budget Keepers (4.0 - 5.0m)
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- Best Budget Defenders (4.0 - 4.5m)
- Best Mid-Priced Defenders (5.0 - 5.5m)
- Best Premium Defenders (6.0+)
- Best 4.5m Midfielders
- Best Budget Midfielders (5.0 - 5.5m)
- Best Mid-Priced Midfielders (6.0 - 8.0m)
- Best Premium Midfielders (8.5m+)
- Best Budget Forwards (4.5 - 6.0m)
- Best Mid-Priced Forwards (6.5 - 7.5m)
The Best Premium Forwards in FPL
Harry Kane (£12.5m) - Spurs
The England international had an outstanding season, finishing with the most goals and assists. He scored 23 goals and notched 14 assists to mark 37 attacking returns in 35 games. Unsurprisingly, his statistics were phenomenal with 137 Shots (1st in the league), 53 Shots on Target (1st), 84 Shots on Target (4th), and 31 Big Chances (3rd). He also created 49 Chances and 15 Big Chances which was the most amongst forwards.
The resurgence of his career seemed to be triggered by a long-lay off due to Covid-19. It was definitely needed after he was being overplayed and getting injuries constantly over the past few seasons. After a visible decline in his last two campaigns, he showed us he still has a lot left in the tank. Not only did he manage to score 20+ goals in the league for the first time since 2017-18, but he also added assists to his game. His numbers and the eye test show this was no anomaly.
Harry Kane's goal and assist record in the Premier League:
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Kane has seen quite a significant price increase this season from £10.5m to £12.5m. This was to be expected given his stellar individual season. The question is whether he is worth his price and that depends on if he can recreate the same output this year. If he scores 240+ points again then he will be worth the hefty price tag.
The England captain is also on penalties and is nailed for Spurs so it would take a brave man to bet against him. I am skeptical as he wont have had as long a rest this season with England getting to the final of Euro 2020. Spurs' opening fixtures are also a mixed bag. They play Watford (H), Crystal Palace (a), Aston Villa (H) and Newcastle United (a) during their first eight games. Yet they also come up against Manchester City (H), Chelsea (a) and Arsenal (a).
Timo Werner (£9.0m) - Chelsea
Timo Werner came to the Premier League last season with so much promise. He was one of the highest selected forwards going into Gameweek 1. Admittedly, I thought he would hit the ground running and be one of the standout players in the game. This didn't come to fruition and he only notched six goals and 12 assists. 128 points for £9.5m wasn't anywhere near good enough. He came to Chelsea with an elite goal scoring record and underlying numbers. The season before he joined, these were his statistics in the league for RB Leipzig: Games played: 34
Expected Goals (xG): 23.45
Shots on Target: 64
Minutes per Goal: 100
Expected Assists (xA): 9.68
Chances Created: 61
Key passes: 53 For Chelsea this season, he managed 79 Shots, 32 Shots on Target, 67 Shots in the Box and 24 Big Chances. He also created 36 Chances and 11 Big Chances. The main statistic which stands out is the amount of big chances missed. Werner is at least getting the chances although his volume isn't the same as it was at Leipzig.
I am still optimistic regarding Werner and refuse to believe a player of his quality, and numbers, can become a bad player over night. We have seen plenty of top class players struggle in their first season in the Premier League before ripping it up in their second campaign. Looking at his price and starting fixtures, I am happy to wait on the German and he also won't be highly owned. The Blues play Arsenal (a), Liverpool (a), Spurs (a) and Manchester City (H) in their first eight games.
Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) - Leicester City
The Foxes forward scored 15 goals and created 14 assists last season. This saw Vardy finish as the third highest scoring forward with 187 points. Although it's his lowest goal tally in three seasons, it's by far the most assists he has had in a single campaign - his previous best being eight. He registered 82 Shots (5th), 38 Shots on Target (6th), 76 Shots in the Box (4th) and 35 Big Chances (1st), whilst also creating 28 Chances and nine Big Chances. Since his breakthrough season in 2015-16, he has been nothing short of prolific and reliable. He has seen a decline last season and with him now 34 years old, I wonder if his best days are behind him.
With the emergence of teammate Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.5m) and new signing Patson Daka (£7.5m), I can't see him getting as many minutes. I still believe he'll be the first choice forward for the start of the season. If he doesn't perform, he may be phased out as the season progresses. At £10.5m, it's still very much up in the air whether he is worth the investment.
I like the look of Leicester's opening fixtures though. They play Wolverhampton Wanderers (H), West Ham United (a), Norwich City (a), Burnley (H) and Crystal Palace (H) in the first eight. Vardy could still be an elite option and he is also the number one penalty taker.
The Best From the Rest FPL Premium Forwards
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.0m) - Arsenal
Aubameyang has been reclassified as a forward with a massive price drop of £2.0m from last season. After scoring 22 goals in 2018/19 and 2019/20, he only managed a disappointing 10 goals in the most recent campaign. The Arsenal captain was touted as one of the best buys due to his midfielder position in FPL but failed to live up to expectations.
His form took a huge dip which caused him to be benched on several occasions and this was exacerbated with injuries and illnesses. It's difficult to say which Aubameyang we will see this season but his price tag makes him a potentially solid pick. Arsenal have some tough fixtures to start the season so he may be one to keep an eye on for now.
Edinson Cavani (£8.5m) - Manchester United
Cavani had a fantastic start at Manchester United. In only 13 starts, he scored 10 goals and made four assists. The Uruguay international didn't manage to nail down a proper starting berth in the United team due to the attacking firepower they possess. He is an elite striker and his CV speaks for itself with 358 goals and 71 assists in 595 games. With Mason Greenwood (£7.5) and Anthony Martial (£8.0m) for competition, it will be interesting to see where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ranks Cavani in the pecking order for the new season. If he nails down a starting spot then he is an absolute steal at £8.5m.
Gabriel Jesus (£8.5m) - Manchester City
With Sergio Agüero's move to Barcelona, Jesus is now the only viable striker at Manchester City and yet another interesting option. This could all change with any new signings City make from now until the the start of the season but if he is first choice for Pep Guardiola, he could offer great value.
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