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FPL experts' lessons: Target midfield bargains like Mbeumo

The Scout 6 Oct 2021
Bryan Mbeumo, Brentford

The Scout’s panel of experts suggest investing in budget midfielders around Mohamed Salah

The Scout’s panel of experts discuss the key lessons they have learned across the first seven Gameweeks of 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League.

Midfield
What the experts say
Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_)

Despite a wealth of premiums this season, Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) is the FPL king and the only premium justifying his price tag. Choose him alongside cheap players with the form and fixtures.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Salah is essential! He is the only Fantasy asset who is currently a must-have; his consistency of returns means that budgeting for him should be a priority for FPL managers.

This should be easy as, once again, the early part of the season has shown some great value in those midfield slots, especially Said Benrahma (£6.6m) and Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m).

Going with Salah and then a few differential picks in midfield feels wise from what we have seen in the opening few Gameweeks. 

Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)

The ecosystem in FPL is ever-evolving. I wouldn't dive in on too many budget midfielders, in-form mid-priced ones will soon emerge.

Tom Cantle (@WGTA_FPL)

Keep an eye on the mid-price bracket at £7.0m upwards in midfield. Although the budget picks are outperforming them, it’s inevitable there will be a breakout star before long.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)

The number of budget midfielders who started at £6.0m or under this season is immense. The likes of Mbeumo, Ismaila Sarr (£6.3m), Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.6m), Conor Gallagher (£5.7m), Demarai Gray (£5.8m) and Andros Townsend (£5.6m) offer great potential for their price and can be shuffled around depending on fixtures and form.

Paul Gee (@FPLPaulGee)

After his performance against Manchester City, the massive lesson for all of us is Salah is undroppable.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

As we wait for the £8.0m+ midfielders of choice to reveal themselves, I've been happily shopping in the bargain basement!

Gallagher, Emile Smith Rowe (£5.3m), Doucoure and others have been superb and have allowed us to leave more funds for those big-money purchases up front. 

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair)

Mbeumo has been the big surprise for me. His non-penalty expected goal involvement (npxG) of 4.1 is fourth best of all midfielders in the league, yet he will set you back only £5.5m.

Also in this series

Part 1: Look to Man City and Chelsea defences
Part 3: Pick only one premium forward
Part 4: Foden an overlooked gem

Remember, the Gameweek 8 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 16 October.

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