Fantasy Football Scout: Budget Midfielders Joao Moutinho, Demarai Gray, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante
This time on our Fantasy Football Scout series we're taking a look at the best budget midfielder options that could boost your squad while leaving you room for big hitters like Mo Salah and Raheem Sterling up top.
We're classing budget midfielders as anyone who costs £5.5m and under. They might not be good enough to get in your first team every week, but they're a handy option if you have any injuries, or if your other players come up against Liverpool or Manchester City.
Midfielders get points of clean sheets, assists and goals, so we'll be taking all of these stats into consideration. So whether you play the official FA Fantasy Football, Sky Sports Fantasy Football or The Sun's version, it's time to pick your team.
Joao Moutinho, Wolves (£5.5M)
Admittedly, it was tough trying to choose between Moutinho and his Portuguese teammate Ruben Neves. Both fall under the budget price category and showed that they're worth a spot in your side in last year's fight for 7th. In the 2018/19 campaign, Moutinho boasted an impressive eight assists and finished on a total of 119 points. Whenever he's fit, he starts, and he was in the top eight for expected assists last year too. We're expecting Wolves to push past 7th this season, and Moutinho will be integral to their success.
Demarai Gray, Leicester (£5.5M)
If you look at the stats for last season, you might be wondering why Gray is on the list as he registered a lowly four goals and a single assist. However, since Brendan Rodgers took over, Leicester look to be playing in a more attacking style and Gray's versatility could see him playing a key role this year. On the flipside, Perez has just signed for Leicester, so that could impact his game time.
Jorginho, Chelsea (£5.0M)
As Jorginho plays a much deeper role in Chelsea's midfield, he probably won't be pulling up any trees for you this season. He does however have penalties on his side. He's not really known for bagging assists or scoring from open play, but he can guarantee you minutes on the pitch.
N'Golo Kante, Chelsea (5.0M)
Kante is currently the most-owned midfielder priced under £7.0M. This is probably because he's a name people recognise, so feel like he's less of a gamble than any up and comers or players from 'lesser' teams. Under Sarri, Kante played in a three-man central midfield which gave him license to get forward, allowing him to bag a total of either attacking returns. However, he may revert back to his more natural position as ball winning midfielder under Lampard.
In our last article, we had a look at some of the best budget defenders, so make sure you give that a quick read and look out for our striker addition.
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