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FPL Pre-season Ones to watch: Mid-range defenders part two

FPL Pre-season Ones to watch: Mid-range defenders part two
FPL Pre-season Ones to watch: Mid-range defenders part two July 6, 2019 July 6, 2019 David Nugent
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There are so many mid-range defenders who offer value for money in FPL, we needed to write two articles about them. Here are our mid-range defenders part two:

Jonny (Wolves, £5.5M)

The Spanish full-back initially arrived on a season-long loan deal last summer at Atletico Madrid and proved a major success, leading to the move becoming permanent. The former Celta Vigo star picked up eight clean sheets, scored one goal and produced three assists. His price tag may just put many off having him in their FPL teams. If he plays as a wing-back as he did last season, then the Spaniard could produce even more attacking points.

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham, £5.5m)

The Belgium centre-back’s future at Tottenham was in doubt last season, yet he still managed to pick up 12 clean sheets for the north London team. The former Southampton star’s future is reportedly still in doubt.

Spurs do keep a lot of clean sheets, but Mauricio Pochettino’s team have a mixed start to their Premier League campaign. It seems doubtful that Alderweireld will be a mainstay in many teams due to his value. However, he could well be a decent differential after the clubs mixed start to the campaign.

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham, £5.5m)

The England international had what was perceived as a nightmare campaign last season in the Premier League. However, the full-back managed to keep ten clean sheets, while scoring one goal and five assists. Tottenham are usually pretty strong in defence and the England full-back had enjoyed productive campaigns in the past in FPL. At £5.5m, he seems slightly expensive, but he will head into the next season with a point to prove next season.

Willy Boly (Wolves, £5m)

The centre-back enjoyed a good debut campaign in the Premier League with Wolves last season. Although like Jonny, teammate Matt Doherty outshone the Frenchman, the 28-year-old still contributed to eight clean sheets and four goals too. He is slightly cheaper than Doherty and he definitely offers the possibility of points at both ends of the pitch. Wolves will likely keep more clean sheets, which will obviously benefit the centre-back.

Fabian Schar (Newcastle, £5m)

The Switzerland international joined the Magpies last summer and produced a solid campaign, keeping seven clean sheets, scoring four times and producing one assist for the team from the north east. Schar at £5m may look a bargain depending on who comes in as the new Newcastle boss. The uncertainty over the club’s managerial position, plus a mixed opening schedule make him a wait and see option.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United, £5m)

The Republic of Ireland international enjoyed another productive campaign at Sheffield United last season in the Championship. The 28-year-old scored four times and produced six assists. Another advantage for Stevens is that he can play in a more advanced role on the left. If Stevens was £4.5m, he would be a popular FPL option. However, at £5m people will wait and see how the Blades fare this season, as they are currently one of the favourites for relegation this season.

Will any of the above mid-range defenders be in your FPL team next season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent

David Nugent


David is a soccer fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.