Following on from our All-French Squad of Fantasy Premier League players, we’ve taken a look at the options provided by the current World and European champions, Spain. This is a country brimming with talent, especially in the midfield section, where most of the stars you’re about to see fail to make the starting eleven. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the Spanish players currently plying their trade in the Premier League:
Unlike, the French squad, we have players from a complete range of different Premier League sides. To kick things off, we have De Gea (6.0m) in goal. The young keeper had a rocky start to life in England but over the course of last season, he showed his ability becoming more assured in goal for United. At 6.0m, he is decent value for a guaranteed starter but United face Chelsea, Liverpool and City in the first 5 gameweeks, so we recommend waiting until the fixture list is more favourable.
In defence, we have some budget options in the form of Garrido, Luna and Cuellar who all come in at 4.5m. They are all expected to start for their respective sides, however, Garrido could face competition from Olsson, Luna is a relatively unknown quantity having recently signed for Villa and Cuellar faces Arsenal and Liverpool in his first 6 games.
We also have Azpilicueta and Jose Enrique, who are both priced at 6.0m. Mourinho has already stated that he may rest Azpilicueta for the first game of the season with Spain playing in Ecuador just days before the start of the season. Pairing this with away trips to United, Everton and Spurs, and a blank in the following 5 gameweeks, we’d suggest avoiding this one Spaniard. Enrique, on the other hand is an interesting option. Guaranteed to start and with a favourable start to the season, he provides a decent alternative to those forgoing Mignolet.
The Magical Midfield Trio
Now we get to the most exciting part of the squad, the wealth of midfield talent that Spain possesses is simply incredible, where some of these are the most impressive players in the league. Mata (10.5m) had an excellent 2012/13 season, becoming Chelsea’s most important player, whilst racking up a staggering 212 points to better his previous total of 162. For similar reasons to Azpilicueta, we’d suggest avoiding Mata for the time being but expect to bring him into your squad at some stage of the season.
Next up we have City’s chief creator, Silva (9.0m), who had a poor season by his standards in 2012/13. Not all of the blame can be directed at the talented little Spaniard as he was given little support in attack, with Aguero being injured and other team mates not playing to their full potential. We expect things to be different this season, with City acting quickly to address this issue, bringing in Navas, Jovetic and Negredo. With Aguero back in the frame too, City have plenty of firepower and we can see them hitting the ground running with a kind start to the season.
Continuing the theme of little midfield wizards, we have Cazorla (10.0m), who took little to no time to adapt to the Premier League. Scoring 12 goals and creating a further 13, Cazorla broke the 200 point mark in his first Fantasy Premier League season. As Walcott is currently owned by 17% of all fantasy managers, Cazorla (11%) could be an interesting differential if you can spare the 0.5m.
It should also be mentioned that due to budgetary constraints, we were unable to add Navas (9.0m) and Michu (9.0m) to the Spanish Squad.
Fresh Faces in Attack
Moving onto the attack, we have 3 new strikers to choose from. Everton snapped up young Barcelona star Deulofeu (6.0m) on a season-long loan and big things are expected from him. However, at age 19 and with competition from Kone and Jelavic, he may be used sparingly and occasionally as an impact player from the bench.
Soldado (9.5m) was recently signed by Spurs and comes with an expensive pricetag following his £26m move from Valencia. Scoring 24 goals and creating 4 last season, he is no stranger to the back of the net and if given the service from Spurs’ midfield, we’re expecting Soldado to easily notch well into the double figures. At 9.5m, he is a bit of a gamble but with Bale’s situation up in the air, Soldado looks like an interesting option to cover Spurs’ favourable start to 2013/14.
Finishing things off we have Aspas (7.0m) for Liverpool, who has shone in pre-season with his work-rate and goals, attracting all sorts of praise from Rodgers. With Suarez out of the picture, Sturridge is set to line up at the top with Coutinho and Aspas on either flank. Although it’s very unlikely that he’ll score the same sort of points as the other two, at 2.0m less he’s an interesting differential that can free up funds for other parts of your squad.
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