5 emerging players to target for your FPL team
These Premier League players may be going under the radar now, but will be unavoidable for Fantasy managers by the end of the campaign.
Tariq Lamptey (Brighton) – £4.5m
Last season turned into a ‘what if?’ campaign for Lamptey, who showed glimpses of enormous potential before persistent injuries ruled him out after just 11 appearances.
The wing-back has the pace and ability to be wriggling past challenges and sending in crosses one minute, and chasing back his winger the next, meaning that there is the potential for points at both ends of the pitch.
It helps, of course, that he plays in a defence that was only bettered, in terms of goals conceded, by the Big Six last season.
The 20-year-old is still injured, but is somebody to keep your eye on as the campaign unfolds.
Diogo Jota (Liverpool) – £7.5m
Jota proved more than up to the standard at Liverpool last season, scoring nine goals in 19 Premier League appearances, and can establish himself in their starting XI this term.
The Portuguese offers much of what Roberto Firmino has brought to Jurgen Klopp’s side over the last few seasons, but is much more proficient in front of goal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mo Salah will continue to dominate the discussion from an FPL perspective, but Jota may offer better value than both.
Rated as a £7.5m midfielder, it would be a surprise if one of Liverpool’s key attackers did not become a popular pick as the season progresses.
Harvey Barnes (Leicester) – £7m
Three months out from the end of last season, a Euro 2020 call-up was not out of the question for Barnes, who had chalked up 13 goal contributions in 25 Premier League appearances.
A knee injury ruined those hopes, but the 23-year-old is ready to pick up where he left off at the beginning of this campaign.
A goal in Leicester’s final pre-season friendly against Villarreal preceded an encouraging performance in the Community Shield, suggesting that his trademark pace and explosivity remains.
Should he continue form that saw him score or assist in eight of his last 12 league appearances, he will soon become a popular pick at £7m.
Said Benrahma (West Ham) – £6m
Benrahma looks set to build on a promising debut Premier League season by truly catching fire in the 2021/22 campaign.
It was less than two years ago that the Algerian delivered 17 goals and nine assists for Brentford in the Championship, with his dazzling skills and impressive numbers certainly transferrable to the Premier League.
The Hammers’ busy schedule may help Benrahma, who will get plenty of game time, while the likely absence of Jesse Lingard means that there is a creative void to be filled.
At just £6.0m, it shouldn’t be long until he is a popular pick.
Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – £7m
Jimenez was an FPL must-have during his first two seasons in the Premier League, and his return to action after suffering a bad head injury last term means that it may not be long until he resumes that status.
He has scored a couple of goals in pre-season and has a fine track record of scoring 34 times in the Premier League to fall back on.
With neither Fabio Silva nor Willian Jose impressing in his absence last season, Wolves badly need Jimenez to fire.
He won’t be selected by many managers until it is obvious that he has returned to his best, but don’t expect it to be long until he is an FPL feature once more.
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