Yesterday we gave you our goalkeeping and defensive Fantasy Football bargains, it being January and therefore another wildcard opportunity – now gather round as we offer your our midfielder tips!
Our perceived Fantasy Football bargains are based on the official Premier League version of the game, by the way. It seems to be the most popular one, so chances are it’s the one you play.
We accept no responsibility in the event of our tips not working out for you. That would definitely be someone else’s fault.
Onwards, then, with our midfield-based Fantasy Football bargains for the second half of the season…
Jordon Mutch, Cardiff City – £4.6m
His name may sound like a student’s sarcastic questioning of someone dressed like Katie Price, but he has four goals and three assists despite only featuring regularly since the end of September.
It remains to be see how he fits into Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s plans, but if the new Cardiff manager plans on scoring then there’s much to be said for Mutch.
Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United – £5.1m
The young Belgian/Kosovan/whatever has been showing signs of improved end product with a goal and two assists in his last five appearances, only one of which was for 90 minutes.
Capable of playing wide left, wide right and just off the striker, Januzaj should get plenty more opportunities to shine, especially is United fail to sign anyone of note during the present transfer window.
We’ve just noticed that his name begins with ‘Jan’, and it’s January – you may wish to interpret that as some sort of omen, albeit a somewhat tenuous one.
Ross Barkley, Everton – £5.3m
He’s been getting better and better as the season has worn on, marking another fine display over the weekend with a cracking goal in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Queens Park Rangers.
Also seems to have free kicks in his locker all of a sudden, so if he stays fit then it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a greater points haul from the second half of the season than he managed in the first half.
Raheem Sterling, Liverpool – £5.3m
Another young ‘un, hence the low valuation, Sterling has racked up three goals and two assists since returning to the side at the beginning of December, striking up a good ‘understanding’ with Luis Suárez in the process.
Goodness knows how Brendan Rodgers will shuffle the pack when Daniel Sturridge returns to the ‘fold’, but in the meantime Sterling looks on course to nailing down a regular starting spot.
Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle United – £5.6m
The French international has three assists in his last six games, and a fearsome shot of his own as displayed with his goal against West Bromwich Albion.
Jordan Henderson, Liverpool – £6.4m
With five assists and a goal since the 4-0 win over Fulham on November 9th, the previously derided £20m (in real life) man is another burgeoning young talent to ‘ply his trade’ at Anfield.
Given Liverpool’s propensity for emphatic home wins, Sterling and/or Henderson could still have plenty more goals and assists in them.
Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United – £7.1m
Currently sidelined with an Achilles injury, Cabaye’s five goals and four assists so far this season have been integral to his side’s solid start to the season.
It’s also a valuable source of Fantasy points, but then you already knew that.
Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur – £7.2m
The Dane has two goals and an assist in four games since returning to the side, with Tim Sherwood’s particular style of play – you know, more ‘Arry than AVB – appearing to favour him.
Adam Lallana, Southampton – £7.3m
Ditto Cabaye’s blurb, except without the injury, and with the stats altered to four goals and six assists.
Jesús Navas, Manchester City – £8.3m
£8.3m may not seem cheap, but it will be if he can match the top midfielders from hereon in.
And why not? He has three goals and five assists since the beginning of November, in which time half of his appearances have come as a substitute.
Oscar, Chelsea – £8.7m
The Brazilian’s goals have been getting gradually more frequent, and he’s started weighing in with assists too.
Again, £8.7m ain’t buttons, but in this case we’re comparing it with the £10.4m you’d have to fork out for his teammate Eden Hazard.
Oh, and our striker bargains!