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We'll be keeping this list of premium midfielders, those £8.5m and above, regularly updated before the Gameweek 1 deadline, so make sure to bookmark this page.

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Midfielders are more likely to get goals and assists, and earn an extra point for a goal compared to forwards, plus the extra point for keeping a clean sheet.

This is why our premium midfielders need to be 'captainable' options. In most cases, you can't get away with more than two premiums without sacrificing other areas of your squad. Picking the correct ones based on fixtures, where they are among the best captain options, is essential.

The Best Premium Midfielders in FPL

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) – Liverpool

The Egyptian comes in as the most expensive player in FPL and rightly so. Since joining Liverpool in the 2017/18 season, he has scored 95 goals and registered 40 assists to become the most consistent FPL player.

Salah just had his worst season FPL points-wise (231) but still scored 22 goals and six assists. He managed 126 Shots (1st in the entire league), 52 Shots on Target (1st), 98 Shots in the Box (1st) and 33 Big Chances (1st). He also created 57 Chances (11th) and 12 Big Chances (5th).

As expected, his goalscoring statistics were comfortably the best in the league. He will undoubtedly post similar numbers this season.

Salah is currently the most selected player in the game at 52%. I expect that number to rise notably by the time FPL launches.

He is a safe option and one of the most reliable captaincy options in the history of Fantasy Football. He is also on penalties.

Picking Salah is a must for our Gameweek 1 teams as it's just too risky to go without him. We saw what happened last season with his hattrick in the first game against Leeds United.

The Reds start off in similar fashion this season with a fixture against newly promoted Norwich City (a). They also play Burnley (H), Leeds United (a), Crystal Palace (H), Brentford (a) and Watford (a) during their first eight games. All three promoted teams face Liverpool in this period.

I can see myself captaining him in six of these games with Chelsea and Manchester City the only fixtures where I may look elsewhere.

Mohamed Salah Stats. best midfielders fpl

Mohamed Salah Stats


Liverpool Fixtures

Liverpool Fixtures. FPL best midfielders

Liverpool Fixtures



Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) – Manchester United

The Portuguese midfielder finished as the highest scoring player in the game with 244 points. He scored a colossal 18 goals and 14 assists with 121 Shots (2nd), 51 Shots on Target (2nd), 48 Shots in the Box (6th), and 20 Big Chances (4th). He also created 95 Chances (1st) and 20 Big Chances (1st).

As you can see his statistics are phenomenal and he is priced quite generously at £12.0mFernandes is the heartbeat of that United team and is involved in everything in the final third. He is also on penalties, direct free kicks and corners so his avenues for points are vast.

Although he is an extra £1.5m more than last season, I still think he is worth that price. He currently sits as the second highest selected player in the game (42%).

Manchester United have a lot of firepower in their attack so will score a lot of goals this season. They scored 73 goals (2nd) last term with 213 Shots on Target (3rd), 324 Shots in the Box (6th) and 94 Big Chances (3rd).

They have one of the best set of opening fixtures and are predicted to score the most goals in the first eight according to our fixture ticker.

He is also a viable captain in a lot of those games and provides a solid captaincy pick in Gameweek 3 against Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) and Gameweek 7 against Everton (H) when Salah plays Chelsea and Manchester City.

Bruno Fernandes Stats. Top 5 best fpl midfielders

Bruno Fernandes Stats


Manchester United Fixtures

Manchester United Fixtures. FPL gameweek 1 best players

Manchester United Fixtures


Heung-Min Son  (£10.0m) – Spurs

The South Korean had his best ever season in a Spurs shirt. He scored 17 goals and created 11 assists scoring 228 points to end up as the third highest scoring midfielder. He registered 68 Shots, 36 Shots on Target, 44 Shots in the Box and 23 Big Chances (3rd) whilst also created 75 Chances (5th) and 14 Big Chances (3rd).

His goal scoring and assist threats are great and although he only had an Expected Goals figure of 13.48, he is historically a clinical finisher. Son will likely outperform his xG again next season.

Another contributing factor to his excellent 2020/21 campaign was the form of teammate Harry Kane who provided the majority of assists for him. They formed a deadly partnership especially in the first half of the season.

Although Spurs finished a disappointing 7th,they were good in the final third. They scored 68 goals (3rd) which isn’t surprising with Son and Kane leading the attack.

The Spurs man is priced quite fairly by FPL this season but his opening fixtures are a bit of a mixed bag. The first two games are tough with Manchester City (H) and Wolves (a), and they also play Chelsea (H) and Arsenal (a) during their first eight.

They do have some nice games in there such as Watford (H), Crystal Palace (a) and Newcastle United (H).


Heung-Min Son Stats. best fpl captains

Heung-Min Son Stats


Spurs Fixtures

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Spurs Fixtures


Kevin De Bruyne  (£12.0m) – Manchester City

The Belgian maestro scored six goals and notched 12 assists in 23 starts with 80 Shots, 26 Shots on Target, 38 Shots in the Box and 13 Big Chances. He also created 80 Chances (4th) and 20 Big Chances (1st).

Considering his playing time last season, his creation statistics are off the scale. Despite playing 1100 minutes less than Bruno Fernandes, he still managed the same amount of Big Chances Created. He missed eight games through injury.

The Citizens will score a lot of goals and De Bruyne is the puppet master and the most nailed attacking player. Although Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m) is the number one penalty taker for City now, De Bruyne is still second choice so should take them in Mahrez's absence. He is also on corners and free kicks.

Who is the Best FPL Premium Midfielder?

In isolation, Kevin De Bruyne is a great FPL asset but his price this season makes him an awkward pick. With Bruno Fernandes at the same price and De Bruyne only £0.5m less than Salah, it’s difficult to justify his inclusion. The other two are also on penalties and it seems De Bruyne is no longer on these duties as they were allocated to Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m) last season.

At the same time, Manchester City are the best team in the league with immense attacking talent at their disposal. They scored 83 goals with 218 Shots on Target (1st), 394 Shots in the Box (2nd) and 107 Big Chances (2nd). 

I wouldn’t be against picking Kevin alongside Salah and Fernandes despite having to sacrifice a premium defender and forward. However, I wouldn’t pick him instead of the other two. If he stays fit, he will be worth his hefty price tag but that’s a big if given his injury record.

Pep Guardiola's men have tough fixtures on paper for their opening games, playing Spurs (a), Leicester City (a), Chelsea (a) and Liverpool (a) in their first eight, and he isn’t needed for the captaincy either.

That still doesn’t make De Bruyne a bad option. I think he is one we can potentially wait on and bring in later down the line.

Kevin De Bruyne Stats. FPL best tips

Kevin De Bruyne Stats



Manchester City Fixtures

Manchester City Fixtures. best fpl players gw1

Manchester City Fixtures


The Best of the Rest FPL Premium Midfielders

Sadio Mane (£12.0m) - Liverpool

Sadio Mane had a poor season by his standards scoring 11 goals and 11 assists – his worst return since the 2017/18 season. He also comes in at an awkward price of £12.0m which is only £0.5m cheaper than Salah.

This makes his inclusion really difficult. He has never finished on higher points or scored more goals than his Egyptian teammate since their time at Liverpool. Salah's numbers are also far superior. I think Bruno and De Bruyne are better options at the same price, and the mid-priced midfielders also provide better value.

Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) - Manchester United

I find Marcus Rashford’s price odd to say the least and think he may have been priced around £1.0m too high. He was £8.5m last season and managed 11 goals and 11 assists, finishing on 174 points overall.

Jack Harrison, who is priced at £3.5m less, only finished 14 points behind Rashford. I think there are much better value midfielders than him and the money could be better spent elsewhere.

Raheem Sterling (£11.0m) - Manchester City

Raheem Sterling is an interesting option. He was another premium midfielder who had a poor season by his standards last season, only scoring 10 goals and 9 assists.

In the previous three Premier League campaigns, he scored 20 goals and 6 assists, 17 goals and 15 assists and 18 goals and 17 assists respectively.

He is priced at £11.0m which is £1.0m less than teammate De Bruyne and also Sadio Mane. If Sterling has a season like his previous three before 2020/21, he could offer great value. A definite wait and see but I feel he may have a good season this year if Pep gives him ample game time.


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