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FPL Pre-season Ones to watch: Budget midfield options


This FPL category could be one of the most important to your FPL teams. Budget midfielders often develop in bargains and also good enablers for your team. The top-flight new boys mostly dominate this category. Here are your FPL budget midfield options:

Leandro Dendoncker (Wolves, £4.5m)

The Belgian international is the cheapest viable midfield option it seems at the minute. The defensive midfielder impressed while on loan at Wolves last season before completing a permanent move.

Predominantly a defensive player, he scored twice for the side from the Midlands last season. His big attractions are his price and the fact that he is very likely to start next season in the Wolves starting line-up. His price of just £4.5m makes him an ideal enabler for FPL teams.

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United, £5m)

The 28-year-old midfielder enjoyed a decent campaign, as the Blades won promotion to the English top-flight. The Northern Ireland international scored three goals and produced eight assists. He has gone slightly under the radar, probably because United are one of the favourites to suffer relegation next season. However, at £5m, he could well be a very good enabler.

According to, he was the Blades best performer last season with a season average 7.39 out of ten, which is impressive. United do not have a terrible start to their campaign, but they could be in for a tough season as top-flight new boys.

John McGinn (Aston Villa, £5.5m)

The Scottish international played a key part in the Villans promotion campaign from his central midfield position. In fact, McGinn scored seven times and also produced five assists. He is the heart and soul of the Villa midfield. If the midfielder can keep up his performances for the side from the Midlands in top-flight, then he could well become a very handy FPL differential.

After a visit to Tottenham on the opening day of the campaign, Villa have a very favourable run of fixtures. The fixture factor and McGinn price of just £5.5m makes him a tempting FPL option.

Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa, £5.5M)

The winger spent last season on loan at Villa Park before completing a summer move after a very impressive campaign in the Midlands. The fact that El Ghazi is so adaptable and such a forward-thinking player makes him a good option in midfield.

Last season he scored six goals and also produced six assists in a Villa’s successful campaign. With Villa’s aforementioned favourable fixtures, El Ghazi is definitely one to consider for next season.

Onel Hernandez (Norwich, £5.5m)

Daniel Starke’s team were free-scoring last season and Hernandez was one of the key players for the Canaries from wide. The 26-year-old German scored eight goals and produced nine assists.

The one of the factors that could put FPL bosses off selecting Hernandez for their squad may be their tough start to the campaign. However, after they have whether the storm of the opening few weeks, Hernandez could emerge as a potential bargain.

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich, £5.5m)

Stiepermann is another player who played a big role in the Canaries promotion to the top-flight last season. The versatile German star scored nine times and produced six assists. The unfavourable early fixtures and the fact that he can also operate in defence may well prove a factor in Stiepermann’s exclusion from many FPL teams for next season.

Will any of the above players be in your FPL team?

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