Fulham and Wolves were promoted to the top flight after impressive seasons in the championship. They are both very similar in the fact that they do not mess about, they attack and play very decent football.
A few stars are available in both teams, however there are two cheap £5.0m players in both squads that many fantasy managers are utilising. With that said, in this FPL Dilemma article we are comparing Ruben Neves and Tom Cairney.
Ruben Neves (Wolves, £5.0m)
Ruben Neves had a fantastic debut season for Wolves in the Championship. Many fans including myself couldn’t believe that he had signed for a Championship club, as the talent he has was clear to everyone, especially at just 21 years old.
Typically a defensive midfielder, Neves is almost used as the anchor of the team, being so mature in his position and key to his team. Known for his long-range strikes and devastating passing ability, Neves bagged 6 goals and 1 assist in 42 appearances last season, which is not terrible for a defensive minded midfielder. One positive of Neves is that he does tend to take penalties for Wolves, however with the amount of quality players that they have brought in over the transfer window it cannot be certain that this will still be the case.
At £5.0m he could be a perfect potential 5th midfielder, enabling you to invest in the bigger players, but also giving you the ability to bring Neves into the team when required.
Tom Cairney (Fulham, £5.0m)
Tom Cairney has been a familiar face in previous transfer windows of premier league teams such as Newcastle United and West Ham.
The attacking midfielder is highly rated at Fulham and they have done well to hold on to him this summer. The 2018/19 campaign could be his year to shine in a particularly strong squad as Fulham have had a very impressive transfer window. Last season, Cairney made 33 appearances, scoring 6 goals and bagging 5 assists.
Also at £5.0m, Cairney has been in many drafts squads as a 5th midfielder just as Neves. That said, Cairney may possess more of an attacking threat.
It’s a tough one, with both being cheap £5.0m options, that said I’d opt for Tom Cairney. Simply because they are both the same price but Cairney is the most forward of the two, which often provides more points. However, keep an eye on Neves as he is a remarkable talent.
Written by James Milburn (@jamesmilburn95)