Have you got what it takes to be the best? Can you stick it out all season? Can you dish out the hairdryer like Sir Alex? We’re here to help! Part one of this amazing 2-parter told you who your defensive picks should be, now the exciting bit…attacking players and we want goals as what do goals equal? Prizes!? Well, points and then maybe prizes. Every year the Premier League demands more, but what players can give more? Vet’s are out, the next generation of Premier League players in. It’s hard to keep up, lucky Football Rascal can help…lets have a look at who will bring you the bacon this season:
Contenders: Tim Cahill (EFC) Charlie Adam (LFC) Tom Cleverley (MUFC) Yaya Toure (MCFC) Abel Taarabt (QPR) Rafael Van der Vaart (THFC) Stephane Sessegnon (SAFC)
Midfielders in Fantasy Football need to be scoring goals! Over seasons gone, Lampard and Gerrard would have been top picks, but not anymore with both players struggling to even be fit for a whole season. These are not the picks for you. The new Premier League breed of midfielder is not only one that arrives in the box to bang goals, but is equally as deadly in and around the 6 yard box with foot or head, dangerous from set-pieces and has either bags of skill and swagger or the energy of a Duracell bunny on crack. If Cahill can stay injury free we all know what he can do in terms of goal return and running the show, but players like Charlie Adam can bang a free-kick and you should see better conversions this year from Van der Vaart and Cleverley if given the game time. Yaya Toure and Sessegnon are leggy midfielders who will play their way in and around the box before scoring goals. Taarabt is a loose cannon with a lot to prove. He can conjure something out of nothing and can hit free-kicks and long shots galore but will be hit or miss this season so is a risk.
Top Picks: Yaya Toure and Rafael Van der Vaart.
Contenders: Ashley Young (MUFC) Aaron Lennon (THFC) Nani (MUFC) Theo Walcott (AFC) N’Zogbia (AVFC) Stewart Downing (LFC) Gareth Bale (THFC) David Silva & Adam Johnson (MCFC) Wes Hoolahan (NCFC)
I remember a time when wingers were in short supply. I also remember a time when wingers were pretty basic: they would only go on the outside and deliver crosses, with a few exceptions. The modern day Premier League winger is unpredictable: they go outside, on the inside, play as an auxiliary striker and are comfortable going one-on-one with a keeper as they are whipping in a cross. Wingers have added goals to their game in abundance since Ronaldo took things to a new level all those years ago. Wingers swap sides and play on the side that isn’t natural so they can cut in and hit shots and are expected to make it count from set-pieces. One of the main reasons Downing was signed for Liverpool is because he is one of the top midfielders for creating chances and also scoring goals. A good winger can be unstoppable, like Gareth Bale has shown and now you can expect them to bag as many points for your dream team as the Lampard’s and Gerrard’s you used to rely on. Young should excel at United, where N’Zogbia has to prove he can step up at Villa. Wes Hoolahan is a surprise inclusion – this busy midfielder can get goals and be involved on his day and is a good cheap option if he can make the step up.
Top Picks: David Silva and Gareth Bale.
Contenders: Wayne Rooney (MUFC) Luis Suarez (LFC) Edin Dzeko (MCFC) Javier Hernandez (MUFC) Sergio Aguero (MCFC) Robin Van Persie (AFC) Didier Drogba (CFC)
Possibly some surprising omissions from the list like Torres, the reason these boys made it is because, if fit, they can guarantee return and will all be in the hunt for the golden boot come the end of the season. The Premier League seems to be obsessed with playing 4-3-3/4-5-1 formation with a loan target man. This is one of the toughest positions to play and only a handful of players have the talent to play it with Didier Drogba being the pioneer of this all-round striker role. But goals need to be scored and for those that will go more rigid in a 4-4-2, the smaller, more tricky striker are there to do a job. Luis Suarez will not only lead the line for Liverpool this year, he will lead the team and no doubt bag for fun – he does have a weakness and that is a hot-head so don’t be surprised if he picks up a red card along the way. Aguero was a 50/50 for me based on how quickly he could settle in England, but this doesn’t appear to be a problem and as one of the world’s best he will set the league on fire (check our article on him here). His striker partner Dzeko is another player who can play alone as well as with a partner and this season will have the fitness and some experience to make an impact. Dzeko is a quality striker who can score every kind of goal from a bullet header to a 25-yard rocket. Van Persie this season will depend on the signings Wenger makes or it could be a tough season as Arsenal’s main goal threat. We all know about Rooney and Hernandez, the question mark is whether Hernandez can continue his form and fitness this year after a busy summer.
Top Picks: Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez
Hope you enjoyed the guide, wish I had done this before I picked my dream team, but there are always transfers, especially if you got your pants pulled down by the Premier League fantasy football like we did here.