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FPL experts: The best budget defenders

The Scout 28 Jul 2021
Wesley Fofana, Leicester

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What the experts say - Budget defenders
Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)

There are lots of good-value defenders around but the ones I like the most are West Ham United's Vladimir Coufal (£5.0m) and, if fit, Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m) of Brighton & Hove Albion. They are both capable of scoring points at both ends of the pitch.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)

Luke Ayling (£4.5m), Lamptey, Coufal and Kieran Tierney (£5.0m) are all excellent value while offering potential for returns at both ends of the pitch.

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_)

Leicester City's Wesley Fofana (£4.5m) is on my radar. He's significantly cheaper than his team-mates and could be a steal in a top-six defence. I also like Brighton's Lamptey. He produces a high volume of attacking returns relative to his minutes but needs to stay fit in order for us to see his true potential over a whole season.


While Lamptey is exciting, Leeds United's Ayling is where I'm leaning. He was desperately unlucky last season not to register attacking returns, coming seventh in the FPL ICT index, which measures a player's influence, creativity and threat.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

There are so many fantastic £4.5m defender options, including Watford trio Adam Masina, Kiko Femenia and Francisco Sierralta. The latter managed 18 shots last season after his debut on Boxing Day, and 14 of those were inside the box.

Sergio Reguilon (£5.0m) could also be a great pick under new Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, who loves attacking wing-backs.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman)

I'm sure there is going to be a lot of love for Lamptey and Fofana, and for good reason. But I'm going to offer a different alternative as Spurs' Matt Doherty (£5.0m) has been reunited with the head coach who made him a Fantasy star at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

I'd like to say Lamptey but fitness continues to be a problem. Reguilon had a good debut season and could improve if Spurs can tighten up under Nuno.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL experts: The best goalkeepers
Part 3: FPL experts: The best premium defenders
Part 4: FPL experts: The best budget midfielders
Part 5: FPL experts: The best premium midfielders
Part 6: FPL experts: The best budget forwards
Part 7: FPL experts: The best premium forwards
Part 8: FPL experts: The best differentials

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