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FPL prices: Greenwood can provide outstanding value in new role

The Scout 19 Aug 2020
Mason Greenwood, Manchester United

The Scout on why a regular starting spot as a Fantasy midfielder will help elevate Man Utd's attacker as a leading mid-priced option

The Scout takes a look at the 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League player list, assessing the best options according to position and price.

Mason Greenwood (MUN) £7.5m

The Manchester United starlet has been reclassified from a forward to a midfielder after securing a role on the right wing late last season.

Greenwood’s impact on the Red Devils’ attack was hugely impressive over his breakout campaign, in which he scored 10 goals in only 12 starts.

Indeed, his average of 131.2 minutes per goal was quicker than any FPL midfielder with more than one goal in 2019/20.

The 18-year-old bettered Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), who managed a goal every 133 minutes, while Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) averaged a goal every 149 minutes and 151.8 minutes respectively.

Greenwood’s prospects may ultimately depend on whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer adds to his attacking options in the summer transfer window.

But if the teenager retains his role in the first XI, he can offer outstanding value. 

All of Greenwood's 2019/20 goals
Jarrod Bowen (WHU) £6.5m

His 16 goals and seven assists for Hull City during the first half of 2019/20 earned the winger a move to the Premier League with West Ham United.

Bowen turned in some promising displays for the Hammers, scoring once and supplying four assists across 11 starts.

Furthermore, his 23 shots and 15 chances created both ranked among West Ham's top three players in that period.

He looks set to push on in his first full season under David Moyes and could offer strong all-round potential.

Christian Pulisic (CHE) £8.5m

The 21-year-old's performances following last season’s resumption suggest the Chelsea midfielder can be a big influence in FPL this term.

Pulisic produced attacking returns in seven of the Blues’ final nine fixtures, scoring four goals and supplying five Fantasy assists.

Limited to only 25 appearances due to injury, he still managed an impressive 5.1 points per match in his debut campaign.

Managers will need to monitor Chelsea’s upcoming friendlies, though, with Pulisic hoping to overcome a hamstring injury ahead of the new season.

Jack Grealish (AVL) £7.0m

A total of 149 points helped the Aston Villa playmaker finish in 10th place among FPL midfielders last season.

Listed at £6.0m at the start of 2019/20 following his side’s promotion, Grealish scored eight goals and supplied a further seven assists.

And his underlying numbers suggest he can still be worth the rise in cost this term.

The 24-year-old created 91 chances in the previous campaign, ranking second among all players in FPL.

Riyad Mahrez (MCI) £8.5m

Last season’s seventh highest-scoring midfielder has been largely overlooked by FPL managers.

Despite producing 11 goals and 14 assists in 2019/20, Mahrez can be found in only 3.8 per cent of squads.

When selected, the Algerian was involved in 38 per cent of Manchester City’s goals.

That is more than the 37 per cent of Sterling and just behind the 41 per cent of Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m).

If he can better his 21 starts from the previous campaign, Mahrez can be a great differential.

Also in this series

Part 1: Ryan No 1 among budget goalkeepers
Part 2: Save points boost appeal of Dubravka 
Part 3: Vinagre standout option from budget defenders
Part 4: Wan-Bissaka an all-round prospect
Part 5: Alexander-Arnold still a bargain
Part 6: Armstrong offers goals at little expense
Part 8: Salah goal threat gives edge over rivals
Part 9: Maupay can shine among budget forwards
Part 10: Ings has platform to hit ground running

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