The Premier League attracts players from all over the world, as they choose to prove their skills on one of the biggest stages available. As any Newcastle fan can tell you, the French are well and truly here and they’re making quite the impression. France have struggled on the international stage in recent years but it’s clear that they have a lot of talent and we could be about to see a resurgence. You can find some of the reasons why in the All-French Squad below (barring Mignolet, we couldn’t find two French goalies):
As you can expect, there’s a strong contingent from both Newcastle and Arsenal, with 3 from each side. Koscielny and Sagna both occupy the backline for Arsenal and at 5.5m each, they represent decent mid-range options for your fantasy squad. Many teams are choosing to have one of Arsenal’s defenders, given their favourable start to the season. Giroud (8.5m) has also featured in a fair few squads due to his mid-range price and his performances in pre-season, where he has shown confidence and goals. Even if Suarez is signed, Giroud will have 6 games to stake his claim.
As for Newcastle, we’ve got the exciting Ben Arfa (7.0m) who could be switched to the left wing, following the arrival of Remy (7.5m), who can occupy the right wing forward role, if Pardew sticks to the one striker up top. Next up, we have Cabaye who is slightly cheaper at 6.5m but operating as a box-to-box midfielder, his attacking potential could be limited against more attacking sides.
Last up, we have Gouffran (6.5m) who rivals Remy for a Newcastle attacking position and can’t be guaranteed as a starter. The Geordies have a tricky first game at the Etihad but after this, they have 3 home games in the next 4 against West Ham, Fulham and Hull. With such a favourable run, we’d recommend investing in one Newcastle asset for the start of the season.
Elsewhere, we have the impressive Lloris (6.0m) in goal but we aren’t too confident of Spurs’ backline with the struggles at centre-back. Vertonghen remains out injured, whilst Caulker has moved to Cardiff. Dawson (5.0m) is decent but Kaboul (5.0m) has barely played recently and can be seen as an unknown quantity.
We also have two impressive left backs in the form of Evra (6.5m) and Clichy (6.0m). United have a very tricky start to the season so we would advise against Evra and he could face some competition if Moyes gets his wish to bring the talented Baines to Old Trafford. Clichy is a far more interesting prospect, he looks to be ahead of Kolarov in the pecking order and could be more attacking under Pellegrini. In addition, City have a favourable start to the season and we’re tipping Pellegrini to hit the ground running in his debut season.
Finishing things off, Nasri seems like a mid-range option for City at 8.0m but there remains doubts over gametime following the signings of Jovetic and Navas. If you can spare the 1.0m, we’d recommend getting Silva instead. Anelka has looked great in pre-season, bagging goal after goal against weakend opposition and could be an interesting budget option at 5.5m. However, over the course of the season, he is prone to being rested so ensure that you have a backup player if you choose to select him.
That rounds up our French players but in the lead up to Gameweek 1, we’ll be releasing, an English squad and an All-Spanish Squad along with an All South American Squad. So make sure you don’t miss out on our fantasy football tips, news and advice by returning soon or joining us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. By joining any of our social media channels you’ll be automatically entered into a monthly draw to WIN a detailed analysis of your fantasy premier league squad. Roll on, roll up, it’s time to get addicted once more!
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