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On Monday 3rd July, the Premier League announced the first prices for the upcoming FPL season. FPL, otherwise known as fantasy football, is a popular game played online by fans of the Premier League where users build a squad of 15 players with a budget of £150m. How each team gets on in FPL directly correlates with how the players within that team perform in Premier League fixtures.
Last season, Erling Haaland was the standout player with the Norweigan’s goals making him a must-have in the game for all players. Given that his performances last season have put him in the conversation for the Ballon d’Or, has Haaland’s price risen ahead of 2023/24? Or has Mo Salah retained his status as the game’s most expensive player? Let’s take a look at all of the key price drops so far.
FPL 2023/24 price announcements
Erling Haaland – 14.0
At the start of last season, Erling Haaland was priced at 11.5 by FPL but he didn’t stay at that price point for long. A hot start to the season, which included several Premier League hat-tricks before Christmas, saw Haaland’s price continually rise throughout the season.
Ahead of the 23/24 campaign, FPL have attached a heft 14.0 price to the striker which is going to leave some managers in a bit of a quandary when selecting their teams for the season. Take Haaland and use just 86m for the other 14 players or risk playing without him and have more quality scattered throughout your squad?
Mo Salah – 12.5
Last season, Mo Salah was rightfully priced as the most expensive player in the game after several elite goalscoring seasons in England. Categorised as a midfielder, Salah’s goals are worth more points than a striker’s’ which made him an essential selection ahead of 2022/23.
For the new season, FPL have priced the Egyptian at 12.5 which is a 0.5 drop-off from this time last year. Despite becoming Liverpool’s record goalscorer in 22/23, last year represented something of an “off-season” for Salah for the most part. Despite that, from gameweek 30 onwards, he was the highest points scorer in the game which suggests he could still be a necessary addition to your team.
The top two most expensive #FPL assets 💰
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— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) July 3, 2023
Son Heung-min – 9.0
One of the biggest price drops ahead of the new season is Son Heung-min at 9.0. Last year, Son went into the season at 12.0 after winning the Premier League’s golden boot the year before. However, last season was certainly one to forget for the South Korean and there are doubts about whether he can return to his best.
At 9.0, though, he is certainly someone who is worth taking a punt on at the start of the season particularly as Spurs are set to play a more expansive style of football under Ange Postecoglou. The addition of James Maddison to the Spurs starting eleven should also mean more chances for Son, which in turn could see this price of 9.0 rise sharply after a couple of gameweeks.
Bruno Fernandes – 8.5
Bruno Fernandes is another player whose price has dropped ahead of the new season with the Portuguese midfielder now worth 8.5m on the game. Last season, he started off as a 10.0 acquisition and considering his numbers are still very good this represents the best value for money out of all the announced players so far.
Last season, Fernandes created more big chances than any other player in the Premier League which suggests he’s in line for plenty of assists in the upcoming season. He will also be back on penalty duty for the entire season after Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United in January last year. At 8.5, he is well worth a punt to kick the season off.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8.0
At 8.0, Trent Alexander-Arnold is once again the most expensive defender on the game. While in previous years, that status has been earned due to his crossing ability from the right-hand side, this year it is more to do with the fact he is expected to get significant game time in the middle of the pitch in Jurgen Klopp’s new-look formation at Liverpool.
The higher up the pitch Alexander-Arnold finds himself, the greater the chance there is of him scoring and assisting goals for his club. The 24-year-old is also set to continue taking free-kicks and corners for Liverpool which means there will be plenty of point-scoring opportunities in every match he plays. At 8.0, he would break the bank but could it be worth it?
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