Crystal Palace at the end of the season became a force to be reckoned with. Roy Hodgson’s men went six matches unbeaten collecting 14 points along the way and scoring 14 goals.
As well as their attacking play, with the restoration of central defender Mamadou Sakho, Palace also started keeping clean sheets providing points at both ends of the pitch.
So far with few personnel changes made there is no reason that the Eagles shouldn’t carry this form and momentum into the new season.
Although heavily rumoured to be chasing a move away from Selhurst Park, Wilfried Zaha is still very much king of the castle. The Ivorian international scored 9 goals last season and made 7 assists which is a fantastic return especially as injury caused him to miss a quarter of the season.
Due to a change of shape and system Zaha was repositioned into a more attacking role for Palace in the latter half of the season which is something the big bosses at FPL towers have taken notice of as they have reclassified him from a midfielder to a forward. There are some questions as to whether he can replicate the same value though in his new position.
Zaha currently finds himself in approximately 30% of FPL teams and rightly so but managers will have to keep close attention to news of any potential moves as if he makes a transfer to a bigger club and there is any risk to his playing time then this appeal is greatly reduced.
Patrick van Aanholt
I couldn’t just pick one star man on this occasion especially as I have major doubts towards Zaha actually being a Palace player come the start of the season so I have chosen to include a personal favourite of mine…
I’m delighted that PVA is now being recognised for the top player that he is. Once a loanee some years ago to my own team Coventry City for a season where it was clear how much of a talent he really was, it’s great to see him finally settled and performing well in the top division.
The dutch wing back has it all, he is great on the ball when going forward, can take on defenders and is a whizz at creating and scoring goals. As a defender he has the added bonus of profiting on clean sheet points which as alluded to above Palace really began to get a hold of towards the end of the season.
Despite playing for Palace his underlying stats make him comparable to the likes of Alonso, Davies and Robertson from an attacking perspective and despite a price hike to £5.5m could still be worth every penny.
Finally, any player who runs their own FPL league for fans gets my vote every day of the week
So far during preseason on the opposite side of defence to PVA has been AWB- Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Not exactly a household name in the Premier League but could prove to be an absolute bargain if he nails down a starting role in Palace’s back four.
Priced at just £4m should he play then he is one of just a small number of players who are expected to play at this price point and probably the most likely to earn clean sheet points.
The defender played 7 times last season making his debut in February and managed 2 clean sheets but in this period of time Palace did play some of the top teams in the league.
The 20-year-old is apparently thought of highly at Palace and we could well se his breakout season.
This player potentially falls into the bargain and hidden gem category. For anyone looking to employ a 5 man midfield strategy then James McArthur could be the answer to that 5th position.
Priced at a generous £5m McArthur had a strong finish to the season where he became an important cog in the Palace central midfield contributing to 7 clean sheets. This may not be important information to FPL fans but it is to Hodgson who may appreciate a little more than everyone else how much of a contribution McArthur provides.
What will be of interest to us FPL addicts is that he scored 5 goals and 2 assists across the season. If he can assure us that he is expected to play every match then this is not a bad return for such a small outlay.
It’s always a tricky task to predict how a new manager will start at a new club but in this circumstance, things feel a little different. After clearly being their number one target for a good while Everton have finally got their man in Marco Silva.
The Sam Allardyce era has come to an end as he fulfilled his duties of keeping the club up after a disastrous start to the season by predecessors Ronald Koeman and caretaker manager David Unsworth giving Everton a clean slate to start again.
With the new manager comes a fresh brand of attacking football allowing freedom to some of the more creative players to express what they are capable of and none more so than new £50m signing Richarlison from his old club Watford.
The winger is clearly a favourite of Silva’s from their time together at Vicarage Road and is the first of major signing at Goodison this summer to add to their already decent squad.
Everton have a number of players with proven FPL history and if things start to go right for the Toffees this season there could be multiple players on our radars.
It’s hard to pick who will be the star man this season when we have yet to see Everton play properly and in reality there are a number of players who could emerge as the number one asset to own this season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has it all though and more. After signing last January he made a steady start to his new club scoring 4 goals and picking up 4 assists but this was in an Allardyce team not Silva’s. Expected to play the number 10 role it’s likely that all creative play will go through the Icelandic international and FPL points are practically guaranteed.
With a set piece monopoly which may even include penalties, Sigurdsson could be set for a big season.
Everton’s marauding right back needs little introduction when it comes to FPL. For years the Irishman has found himself as a premium pick in the game rivalling some of the most expensive defenders in the game for price.
A poor season for Everton and a severe injury for Coleman which kept him out for the majority of last season has seen him take a price drop to a bargain £5.5m.
If Everton start well under Silva there is every chance that Coleman and or Baines on the opposite side of defence could make a mockery of their starting prices and could well be circa £6m by Christmas.
Now back up to full fitness and given a full preseason to prepare we could see Coleman reclaim the form we have seen in the past and benefit from him claiming points at both ends of the pitch.