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FPL pre-season watch: Almiron and Eze making strong claims

By The Scout 28 Jul 2023
Almiron/Eze composite

Newcastle and Palace midfielders have impressed over the summer friendlies

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Newcastle United winger Miguel Almiron and Crystal Palace star Eberechi Eze (both £6.5m) are among the top-performing Fantasy Premier League midfielders in pre-season.

Almiron’s leveller against Chelsea in the Premier League Summer Series means he has now scored in back-to-back matches for Newcastle.

Eze, meanwhile, supplied the assist for Jake O’Brien’s (£4.0m) goal in the Eagles’ 2-1 loss to Colombian champions Millonarios FC.

The 25-year-old has now been involved in five pre-season goals, scoring once and assisting four. 

Eze is also expected to be on penalties for Palace following the departure of Wilfried Zaha to Galatasaray. 

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Brighton & Hove Albion’s Simon Adingra (£5.0m) and Aston Villa’s Moussa Diaby (£6.5m) also added their names to the growing list of midfield options in 2023/24 Fantasy.

Seagulls winger Adingra, who was loaned out last season to Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, scored both their goals in their 2-0 Summer Series win against Brentford in Atlanta.

Goalkeeper Jason Steele (£4.5m) and midfielder Steven Alzate (£4.5m) supplied the assists for the Ivorian’s strikes.

Adingra’s display followed Joao Pedro’s (£5.5m) goal and assist against Chelsea in Brighton’s previous match, highlighting the wealth of attacking options at Roberto De Zerbi’s disposal.

Diaby enjoyed a dream debut for Villa, emerging from the bench to score his side’s second in their 2-0 Summer Series victory over Fulham in Orlando.

The winger was a huge success in the last two Bundesliga campaigns for Bayer Leverkusen, producing 22 goals and 20 assists in 65 appearances. 

In defence, Emery has paired Pau Torres (£4.5m) and Diego Carlos (both £4.5m) together at centre-back in each of the last two matches.

The duo both started against the Cottagers, having previously appeared as second-half substitutes in a 3-3 draw with Newcastle.

Lucas Digne and Ezri Konsa (both £4.5m), meanwhile, have also started the last two in the back four.

Digne, who is currently profiting from a run of starts due to an injury to Villa’s first-choice left-back Alex Moreno (£5.0m), supplied the assist for Jaden Philogene-Bidace's (£4.5m) opener.

Having started alongside Tyrone Mings (£4.5m) at centre-back in the Newcastle match, the versatile Konsa featured at right-back against Fulham, replacing Matty Cash (£4.5m) in the XI. 

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