FPL Pre-season Ones to watch: Premium goalkeepers’ part two - Soccer Times

FPL Pre-season Ones to watch: Premium goalkeepers’ part two


Here we take a look at two of the other Premium goalkeepers available in Fantasy Premier League. Both could rival the likes of Alisson and Ederson for your first-choice goalkeeper spot next season. Here they are:

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea, £5.5M)

The highly-rated Spanish goalkeeper joined Chelsea last summer from Athletic Bilbao for a world-record fee for a player in his position of around £71million. The 24-year-old arrived as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois and enjoyed a decent debut campaign for the Blues.

There was a rather unusual incident in the League Cup final against Manchester City when he refused to be substituted by then Blues boss Maurizio Sarri. He has had his ups and downs. The word solid could be used for his first campaign at Stamford Bridge.

As of yet, we are unsure how the Blues will play next season, as the imminent arrival of boss Frank Lampard has yet to be confirmed. A transfer ban means that the club from South west London will be unable to add to their ranks.

This may affect Kepa’s ability to keep clean sheets next season. However, the Spaniard managed 14 clean sheets, which ranked him joint third in the league for clean sheets kept. However, he finished sixth overall in the goalkeeper’s list, so there remains doubts over his potential this season.

With the exit of FPL favourite Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s outfield options are reduced, so Kepa may appeal to many as a set and forget option. If Chelsea are to clinch another fourth finish, which are one of the favourites to do, then they will need their last line of defence to produce solid displays.

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham, £5.5m)

The Tottenham goalkeeper enjoyed a fantastic year or so. Last year he helped France to win the World Cup, while this season he was part of the Tottenham team that reached the Champions League final.

The experienced goalkeeper kept clean sheets in 12 games, which is obviously nowhere near the top two goalkeepers in the top-flight last season. The Frenchman also made a few poor errors last season.

The fact that Spurs defence was rather unsettled last season did not help Lloris’ record. The likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are out of contract next summer, which may make the mainstays unsettled and distracted. Lloris is still a very good goalkeeper. However, it is debatable whether he would be a good set and forget option for next season.

David De Gea (Manchester United, £5.5M)

Like his team, David De Gea had a campaign to forget last season. The Spaniard kept just seven clean sheets and made some uncharacteristic errors. United were poor at the back during season 2018/19 and need to improve immensely if the Spaniard is to enjoy a better record next season. For us, he one to forget about in your early season selections.


The goalkeeper position in FPL is one that many people underestimate. If you choose the right goalkeeper they can earn you substantial points, especially those who have a habit of saving penalties like Pickford. There is also the issue of not all premium goalkeepers being the greatest set and forget options. We believe that you could choose Alisson or Ederson as set and forget options and not worry too much.

However, Pickford, Lloris and Kepa are not such good full season picks for their price. At the moment we are favouring Ederson as the best set and forget goalkeeper for next season. You could also choose two cheaper options to rotate, which we will discuss in future articles. This strategy means picking the right cheap goalkeepers and often means you have to have luck on your side.

Tomorrow’s article we will talk about the mid-range goalkeepers and highlight your best options in that category.

Will Kepa or Hugo Lloris be your set and forget goalkeeping option in FPL next season?

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