Club-specific Fantasy Premier League tips for the 2014-15 season, sir? Why, have some recommendations for Burnley players!
The Clarets’ promotion excites us most for the prospect of hearing manager Sean Dyche’s mad double-octave voice on Match of the Day, but they’ve got some handy players too.
Okay we’re also looking forward to observing just how much Dyche resembles a cross between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Louis CK, but let’s focus on the Burnley bargains for now.
Onwards then with our Clarety Fantasy Premier League tips…
1. Danny Ings, £6m
If the forward decides to stay at Turf Moor then you can imagine him scoring some big home winners, not least against Chelsea on opening day.
If he joins Southampton and the Clarets replace him with Troy Deeney, you may choose whether to stick or twist. We can’t imagine Deeney’s price being any higher than Ings’s.
Like us you might have seen QPR’s Charlie Austin as being worth a punt at £6m, but bear in mind that Ings outscored him by 21 to 17 in last season’s Championship.
Ings’s strike partner Sam Vokes looks like he’ll be out for some time with an injury, so you can forget about him. Wouldn’t expect much from Lukas Jutkiewicz or former England U21 striker Marvin Sordell, even if they do for some reason strike as being unlikely folk heroes in the making.
2. Kieran Trippier, £5m
A defender, Trippier contributed 14 assists last season and has been named as the Championship’s outstanding right-back for two years running.
Select him in your starting 11 judiciously – ie. not away to the top sides, where goals conceded could lose points – then you could enjoy some healthy points returns should he find himself in any winner-creating, clean-sheet-keeping victories.
Great name, too.
3. Tom Heaton, £4.5m
The goalkeeper started all 46 of the Clarets’ league games last season and at that price could prove a useful reserve option for whenever you might fancy him for a clean sheet, say at home to a struggling side.
Burnely posted early 1-0 home wins against Manchester United (remember Robbie Blake?) and Everton last time they were in the Premier League, so don’t dismiss the influence a rocking Turf Moor can have.
Chances are Heaton will be called upon to make a number of saves, and since your ‘keeper earns you one point every three saves this can work to your advantage.
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