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The 10 best budget-friendly players to sign up for the FPL – from new Spurs full-back to £4m defender

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To accommodate Erling Haaland, Mo Salah and co, compromises have to be made elsewhere – here are the best cheap players to target

This year we have even more choice in the premium price category as Erling Haaland (£11.5m) joins Mo Salah, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold and the rest after signing for Manchester City .

Whenever a Fantasy Premier League manager logs back into the game ahead of a new season, they invariably make their way to the glamorous big-money stars first.

But to fit the Premier League’s best players into your team – or at least as many as possible within the confines of a £100m transfer budget – cost-cutting compromises have to be made elsewhere.

And since most bosses likely own two or three of the same premium assets, early identification of cheap, under-the-radar game breakers is essential for a quick start.

Due to the price ranges of FPL per position, a budget-friendly player at one position may not be so at another, so for the purposes of this article we’ve categorized players into the low-cost category as follows: goalkeeper (£4.0m to £4.5m), defender (£4.0m to £4.5m), midfield player (£4.5m to £5.0m) and Forward (£4.5m to £5.0m).

Here are some of the cheaper options to consider:

After returning from a knee injury in February, David Raya amassed the fourth-highest points per game among goalkeepers (behind Alisson, Vicente Guaita and Hugo Lloris). Fantasy football fix. Six of Brentford’s first 10 opponents score two (the lowest score) on the FPL’s Fixture Difficulty Rating chart.

Position: goalkeeper Price: £4.5 million

Neco Williams’ price would almost certainly have been £0.5m higher had he joined Nottingham Forest from Liverpool before Start date of FPL and not after. The Welsh full-back impressed while on loan at Fulham last season, scoring two goals and providing two assists in 14 league games.

Position: defender Price: £4.0m

Currently, the fourth most popular midfielder between Son and Philippe Coutinho is Fulham newcomer Andreas Pereira. Like Williams, Pereira received his price tag ahead of his Manchester United departure and while unlikely to offer much for attacking returnees, he should at least be a starter for Marco Silva’s side.

Position: midfield player Price: £4.5 million

There is definitely value to be found in Tottenham’s defence: the key is figuring out where. Ivan Perisic (£5.5m) could be cheat code if he is Antonio Conte’s first-choice left-back, as is Middlesbrough’s new signing Djed Spence at the opposite side. Spence scored twice and recorded four assists in the Championship in 2021-22.

Position: defender Price: £4.5 million

So who’s ready to take the plunge on Luke Plange? The teenager’s hat-trick against Ipswich last season caught the attention of Crystal Palace fans and FPL enthusiasts alike. Palace beat the competition from rival Premier League clubs to his signing from Derby this summer and Plange could be the £4.5million striker’s first choice.

Position: Forward Price: £4.5 million

Brighton’s No 1 was a hugely popular choice this time last year and is likely to be again thanks to their team’s friendly early schedule. The Seagulls meet Manchester United at Old Trafford on opening day but won’t face another of last season’s top six until Matchweek 9 when they play Liverpool.

Position: goalkeeper Price: £4.5 million

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall enjoyed a breakthrough with Leicester, playing 28 times in the league and 44 times in all competitions. Despite only hitting three offensive returns last season, Dewsbury-Hall was second in the Foxes roster to James Maddison in odds per 90 minutes Fantasy football fix.

Position: midfield player Price: £5.0m

With exactly zero goals or assists to his 2021-22 effort, Ben White isn’t exactly getting the FPL pulses racing. When it comes to starts, however, he’s as reliable as they come – all 32 of his Premier League games have come from the start. A useful fourth or fifth defense option.

Position: defender Price: £4.5 million

Ecuador international Moises Caicedo started in Graham Potter’s side towards the end of last season and has started in each of Brighton’s last seven games. The box-to-box midfielder scored a dream first goal in English football against Manchester United during that run and could play a bigger role following Yves Bissouma’s departure to Spurs in 2022-23.

Position: midfield player Price: £5.0m

Newcastle have met frustration in seeking attacking reinforcements so far this summer but Eddie Howe has impressively bolstered his defence. Nick Pope and Matt Targett are established Premier League players but £37million Sven Botman is the most eye-catching recruit. The Dutchman scored three times for Lille in Ligue 1 last season.

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