Chelsea have now got their first 3 points on board with a comfortable win over Premiership newcomers Luton Town, raising many points for discussion in the process. Recent arrival Nicolas Jackson (£7.1m) finally rewarded our patience with a goal and a tidy 7 points, as he delivered another impressive display for his side, causing problems for The Hatters all night.
Despite this, the more significant performance came from Raheem Sterling (£7.1m). The blues winger scored twice and assisted once with some excellent skill and finishing for his first goal of the season. Considering his relatively small expense and Chelsea’s five decent upcoming fixtures, I can’t see why a punt on the England star wouldn’t be worth it, especially for those in the market for a midfielder, as he’s looked a dangerous attacking threat all season, even before breaking his goal deadlock. Similar can be said for Jackson who’s very unlucky to have only bagged one so far. For such a great value price along with there being limited forward options right now, it seems now is this time to invest. Last week’s recommendation Malo Gusto (£4.1m) has already received a price rise, after two assists and 14 points this time around. He really is a no-brainer, even with anincreasing price tag.
It’s been an incredible start for Spurs shotstopper Guglielmo Vicario (£5.0m), who seems to already have a highlight reel of saves in just the three appearances he’s made so far for the club. I’m astounded as to how his price still remains the same, which is why I urge you to bring him in as soon as possible.The Italian has the joint most points of any keeper this season, acquiring bonus points for saves in all of his fixtures- thedefinition of an essential.
Making his second appearance on the essentials list is West Ham’s Alphonse Areola (£4.1m). The French international has had a brilliant start to his second season with the Hammers, picking up a whopping 18 points, save bonuses in every game and even a penalty denial in their emphatic win against Chelsea. The World Cup winner provides the perfect goalkeeper paring with Vicario, and is definitely a must have, especially as it’s only a matter of time until we see his price skyrocket.
The final member of this week’s essentials list is midfield starboy James Maddison (£7.7m). Despite some significant price rises, he’s still an essential for me, having been directly involved with 3 of his side’s 6 goals this season. And with upcoming fixtures against Burnley and Sheffield United, you can expect him to run the show like he’s already shown us so far.
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13 minutes was all it took for Liverpool super-sub DarwinNúñez (£7.3m), as he grabbed the headlines with two superb finishes to equalise and then seal the deal for The Reds in a thrilling 2-1 victory over Newcastle. His blistering runs inside were just too much for The Magpie’s defence, and his much-improved finishing was great to see after a tough prior season.I’d advise to refrain from buying for now, and instead wait to see if the Uruguayan forward can continue his scoring form with some more game time under his belt.
Irons winger Jarrod Bowen (£7.0m) looked dangerous on the counter in their impressive 3-1 result against Brighton, as he scored his second of the season and assisted. It’s been a solid start so far for the Europa Conference League Final hero, and although I’d personally suggest cheaper midfield options such as Mbeumo (£6.8m) and Mitoma (£6.6m), we could be left with no choice if his great run of performances is to be extended.
It seems changes are needed everywhere for FPL bosses despite only three weeks of Premier League football being played. However, it’s important to know the difference between wants and needs. Make sure your injured players are replaced before those who have fallen out of your favour, and always be sure to bring in players without a price rise first, as those in form will likely receive one before you get the chance. And most importantly don’t be the fool who activates a wildcard this early on in the season: you will most certainly regret it.