Seven to go.
We’ve slogged our way through yet another FPL season and are getting to that time where the bottle jobs bottle it and the winners are crowned.
A top class, under the radar free agent pick could be the difference between being the former and the latter in the previous statement. Here’s a few I’ve got my eye on as the business end of the season resumes.
Despite starting only five premier league matches this season, Charlie Austin is Southampton’s top scorer this term with six goals. This shows how woeful the Saints were under Mauricio Pellegrino but also highlights how crucial Austin is if Mark Hughes is going to save them from a shock relegation.
The Saints talisman is back in full training after another lengthy injury absence and will be chomping at the bit to impress his new boss.
Few expect a renaissance under Hughes, especially after the implosion of his Stoke City side this season, but a new manager coming in can lead to an up turn in fortunes across the whole team. Sofiane Boufal is another who may see more minutes and has a huge upside when he plays the full 90. The likes of Nathan Redmond and Dusan Tadic will also hope for an upturn in fortunes under the Welshman.
The Saints have a tricky run in to say the least, facing Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City in the run in. However, a new manager coupled with a new hunger to battle the drop could see a return of the Southampton that we’ve been used to seeing in the last few years. Worth a punt.
After impressing off the bench in recent weeks, Iheanacho fully deserves the chance to show what he can do from the start.
The Nigerian youngster moved to the Foxes from Manchester City to seek regular first team football but, for one reason or another, this is yet to materialise. However, a start in the FA cup quarter final after a goal and two assists in consecutive bench appearances may signal that Claude Puel is warming to Iheanacho.
If he has done enough to start for the remainder of the season, his fixtures are phenomenal. After travelling to Brighton this week, Leicester face Newcastle, Burnley, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham before their final day fixture with Tottenham Hotspur.
If Iheanacho doesn’t get the nod, going for however does could still be a shrewd move.
Another risky one but well worth going for if you’ve got a spare roster spot. Hughes was finally showing his potential before picking up an injury all the way back in Gameweek 14. Back to back scores of 34 and 16.5 had Togga managers battling to snap up the England youngster but his long absence has banished that particular purple patch to the back of everyone’s mind.
On his long awaited comeback, Hughes came off the bench to set up Troy Deeney’s winner in GW29, reminding us all what the fuss was about. Due to the fact that he’s yet to start since returning, he’s likely to be a free agent in most leagues and is worth starting when he does finally win back his spot.
Like Iheanacho, Hughes has a great run of fixtures coming up with Bournemouth, Burnley, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace facing Watford in the next four weeks. Definitely worth a punt.
Spitting has reared its ugly head again in the news recently but it was Arthur Masuaku who started the trend a couple of months ago. The Congolese international has endured a lengthy ban for his misdemeanours but has served his time and is back again for the beleaguered Hammers this week.
If David Moyes chooses to use Masuaku in that advanced role once ago his fantasy value gains a massive boost. A defender playing as a wide forward is fantasy gold dust.
I’m not expecting many clean sheets from his defence but Masuaku’s potential for attacking turns make him well worth a speculative add in Togga.
You’ve heard of speculative adds, here’s one right out of the “left field” textbook.
Manchester City are this year’s premier league winners and with the league set to be officially wrapped up with around five games left, I fully expect some of the fringe/youth players to be brought in to earn themselves a winner’s medal and gain some valuable playing time.
Anyone who has seen this kid knows that he is incredibly talented and Pep Guardiola is one of those who shares this opinion. His manager trusted him when he put him straight in from the start for their Champions League dead runner against FC Basel and I wouldn’t be at all surprihsed if this happens again in the league, especially if City progress in Europe.
Don’t rely on this tip and only use it if you have a spare roster space. If it comes off, it could make all the difference in the final weeks of this season.
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