The Premier League is back tomorrow!! The excitement in building and a large part of that is the making of fantasy teams for fans to pit themselves against each other. With points available for goals, assists, clean sheets and more I take a look at five players who could be important during the first weekend of fantasy football on the official Premier League site.
Alexis Sánchez – Arsenal – £10.5m
Who hasn’t been excited by the arrival of Alexis from Barcelona this summer? After 3 successful seasons in La Liga the Chile winger has joined Arsene Wenger’s Gunners and looks ready to set the Premier League alight. He is an expensive addition to any fantasy team at £10.5m but is surely worth a pick as he takes on Crystal Palace tomorrow who are fresh from the departure of Tony Pulis. Goals and assists could be Alexis’ order for the day and may even be a wise choice for captaincy for double the points!
Diego Costa – Chelsea – £10.5m
Another Premier League newcomer is Diego Costa who joined Chelsea for £32m following a phenomenal season for Atlético Madrid in Spain. Whilst he struggled and lacked fitness at the World Cup in Brazil he has turned it on since linking up with Chelsea in pre-season. The Blues are away to newly-promoted Burnley on Monday night and that could mean one of two things. He will either give us a glimpse of what is to come with goals at Turf Moor… or he will struggle to get going and need time to settle in. Perhaps a risk but one worth taking!
Raheem Sterling – Liverpool – £8.5m
Liverpool’s young hero of last season was Raheem Sterling who notched 9 goals in 30 Premier League appearances. He was a must for Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad and the experience will no doubt have helped him. I find it hard to believe that Sterling won’t be important this season too and with Suarez now missing from that Red’s squad he could be ready to step up to superstar status. The 19 year old faces a Southampton squad on Sunday that was completed revamped over the summer, if they struggle then expect Raheem to enjoy himself.
Adnan Januzaj – Manchester United – £6.5m
If there was one good thing that David Moyes did for Man Utd last season it was the uncovering and nurturing of Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj. At 19 he already has a season with 27 Premier League appearances behind him and this year Louis Van Gaal has given him the coverted number 11 jersey. For those who have read Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography you will know how seriously Van Gaal takes shirt numbers so to me this indicates how important he believes Januzaj could be. The opening weekend sees United host Swansea at Old Trafford, is this where he kicks off his season in style?
Vincent Kompany – Manchester City – £6.5m
Fresh from winning his second Premier League title and captaining Belgium in the World Cup the 6ft 4in defender committed himself to Man City by signing a new 5-year-deal. At 28 years of age Kompany is in the prime of his career and is a shoe-in for plenty of clean sheet points as well as the odd goal too from set pieces. The defending champions face Newcastle away on Sunday afternoon which is not exactly an easy start but with a league that is too close to call this season, Man City have to show their title credentials and get a result. I know he’s staying in my squad all season for sure!
(Picture: Arsenal.com – official club site)
By Gareth Thomas | August 15th, 2014