Who is the best budget midfielder?
Picking your FPL team is always a lengthy process that requires much planning.
Finding the perfect balance to fit in enough top stars within your 100m price budget is one of the main issues many FPL players face early on.
101 have already provided some insight into the budget defensive options you can sign in this article:
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And now, we take a look at the budget midfield options available to you this year.
Said players can often prove vital to your FPL success, as they allow you to fit in top stars such as Bruno Fernandes, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah, whilst also not sacrificing too many points elsewhere in your team.
And as most players will own the above stars, it is often your budget options that can determine how successful your FPL campaign will be.
For the purposes of this article, a budget midfielder is anyone with a 6.5m price-tag or lower at the start of the game.
Aston Villa & Leeds midfielders stand out
And luckily for FPL fans, there are countless quality options you can pick from within this price range.
Several of these players come from two teams in particular this year.
The first of which is Leeds United. Marcelo Bielsa’s men had a very impressive debut campaign back in the English top-flight, with their attacking exploits a particular highlight.
The Peacocks would finish in a very respectable 9th place in the Premier League in 2020/21. But they would actually be the joint-sixth highest goalscorers in the competition last term – finding the net on more occasions than the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.
Amongst their better performers last year were two midfielders, Jack Harrison and Raphinha – the former of which was on loan from Manchester City but has since signed a permanent deal with The Whites.
Harrison, priced at 6.0m this year, scored eight and assisted 10 in the league last season whilst Raphinha – priced at 6.5m this year – scored six and assisted 10.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa to have a couple of stars who could be solid budget midfield options in 2021/22.
Bertrand Traore (6.0m) had a strong debut campaign with Villa, in which he scored seven and assisted seven.
A similar or higher return this time around could also be expected from the former Chelsea man, as Aston Villa continue to develop under Dean Smith.
Along with Traore, new signing Emi Buendia (6.5m) is expected to make up two-thirds of Villa’s attacking-midfield spots.
Buendia previously shone in a poor Norwich side during 2019/20, earning seven assists despite the Canaries finishing bottom of the league.
And, if Jack Grealish does stay put for this summer him, Buendia – who can play on the right or through the middle – and Traore, should prove a real thorn in the side of any PL defence.
The best of the rest
There are plenty more options available at 6.5m or lower from other established Premier League sides as well.
James Ward-Prowse (6.5m), for example, had a decent 2020/21 campaign despite Southampton’s struggles.
The midfielder’s quality set-piece-taking ability would prove key to him scoring eight goals and notching seven assists in FPL last year.
West Ham also have a number of potential budget options as Tomas Soucek, who scored 10 and assisted two despite being a central midfielder, is priced at 6.0m, whilst Jarrod Bowen (6.5m), also had a decent 2020/21 – scoring eight and assisting six in the league.
One potential issue when looking at West Ham players, however, is that they now need to contend with Europa League football – a task that can often see smaller squads then struggle in the league.
Bukayo Saka (6.5m) of Arsenal is the final budget option you may wish to consider from the established PL sides.
Five goals and five assists last season perhaps understated his importance to the Gunners in 2020/21.
But most of those goal contributions came after Saka was moved to the right. And if he starts there for Arsenal in 2021/21, which he is expected to do, then we could see a much higher return in the forthcoming campaign.
Newly promoted options
As always, the newly promoted sides have brought with them some potentially interesting midfield options for your FPL team this time around.
Bryan Mbeumo (5.5m) of Brentford, for example, is a right-winger who scored eight and assisted 11 in the Championship last seaosn. However, he has been made a midfielder on FPL this year.
Another option from Brentford is Sergi Canos (5.5m). The Spaniard is a very attack-minded winger who chipped in with nine goals and nine assists as the Bees won promotion.
For Norwich, meanwhile, Todd Cantwell (5.5m) is another one to keep an eye on. The Englishman was Norwich’s most creative player outside of the now departed Emi Buendia last seaosn.
He was also able to chip in with six goals last time he played in the Premier League back in 2019/20.
The best budget FPL midfielders
Raphinha, Leeds (6.5m)
Jack Harrison, Leeds (6.0m)
Emi Buendia, Aston Villa (6.5m)
Bertrand Traore, Aston Villa (6.0m)
Bukayo Saka, Arsenal (6.5m)
Tomas Soucek, West Ham (6.0m)
James Ward-Prowse (6.5m)
Bryan Mbeumo, Brentford (5.5m)
Sergi Canos, Brentford (5.5m)
Todd Cantwell, Norwich (5.5m)
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