Fantasy Premier League tips: Who could be the ideal replacement for Kevin De Bruyne?
9 goals, 18 assists. These were the stats for Kevin De Bruyne last season. As an FPL manager, what do you do when you look at a player with such stats? You pick that player straight away and then think about building your team around him. But a couple of days ago, the Belgian playmaker suffered an injury in training and it has been reported by Sky Sports that he could be out for 2-4 months.
This has sent the whole FPL Universe into a meltdown as he was, without a shadow of a doubt, the most nailed-on midfielder in City’s line-up week in week out. The fact that he played 3073 minutes of Premier League football last season (highest by any City player) was enough for the 27.1% of the total FPL managers to rope him in even before he regained his full fitness.
27000 managers brought him after his cameo against Arsenal. But this injury has thrown the cat among the pigeons and here are 3 worthy replacements for De Bruyne.
Bernado Silva (£7.6 million) – Manchester City
The diminutive Portuguese is the cheapest way into City’s attack and he repaid the trust of his loyal FPL managers by scoring a goal and 8 points against Arsenal. He played as a left-sided playmaker in the midfield-three with Fernandinho and Gundagon alongside him.
After Riyad Mahrez’s substitution, he popped up on the right-wing as well and played for the whole 90 minutes. He is £2.4million cheaper than De Bruyne and after his injury, he is the must-have attacker from Man City. If you are still not fully convinced, just have a look at what Pep had to say in an interview after City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the community shield.
“Everybody knows the wingers want to compete. Right now, it is Bernardo and 10 others. But in 11 months it depends on what they show me on the pitch. Bernardo is far away from other guys, so that is why, at the moment, he plays. He is so intelligent, he is clever. He is a fighter, a competitor. I think he is the guy most beloved in our team and today he showed me a lot of things.”
Christian Eriksen (£9.5 million) – Spurs
Eriksen is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. His scores of 178, 218 and 199 in the last three FPL seasons proves that he is an FPL king as well. The Danish superstar returned only 2 points from GW1 but he was quite unlucky to not get an assist in the second half.
He completed 85% of his passes, had 1 shot on target and made 5 key passes. His GW2 fixture against the newly promoted Fulham could very well prove to be a great one. He is also £0.4million cheaper than De Bruyne and that money can be used elsewhere.
Eden Hazard (£10.5 million) – Chelsea
Hazard came off the bench against Huddersfield and made an instant impact. He dribbled past 4 Huddersfield defenders to give an assist for Pedro’s goal. His next 3 games after Arsenal are Newcastle, Bournemouth, and Cardiff – all winnable games for Sarri’s men.
His record against Arsenal is not very impressive, with 5 goals and 1 assist in 16 Premier League games but at the moment, Arsenal are still finding their feet under Emery and looked vulnerable at the back against Man City. He is £0.6million costlier than De Bruyne but if you have the money in the bank, he is the perfect premium midfielder for your FPL team.