Fantasy Premier League is finally back! We’ve all done at least 45 drafts over the past few days it’s been live, but its now time to consider the players from Everton. Since last season, Everton have changed the back room staff completely, including a goalkeeper, defensive and attacking coach, which should mean that Everton will be a whole lot better than last season. Southampton last year had one of the best defences, therefore Everton benefit from Koeman’s appointment and should be a lot stronger at the back.
Everton will be looking forward to a potentially strong season and there are a few potential players that could find their way into your fantasy football teams…
STAR MAN – Romelu Lukaku (9.0m)
Come on, this shouldn’t be too surprising! Lukaku scored 18 goals in the Premier League last season, in one of Everton’s worst ever Premier League performances in a while. He had very little supply, wasn’t on penalty or free kick duty, but on every opportunity to score, he usually delivered. With Barkley, Deulofeu and Mirallas behind him, and with Koeman looking for more creative midfielders to supply Lukaku, he should reach 20 goals comfortably this year. At 9.0m, he could be a bit of a bargain, and should definitely be a consideration for your fantasy football teams.
HIDDEN GEM – Leighton Baines (5.5m)
Not many fantasy managers will remember how good Baines was in the 2013/14 season. Clean sheets, goals, assists, everything that got you points, Baines was always getting them. He was on penalty duty, he was fantastic on free kicks and he was on corner duty with Mirallas. After that season, Martinez took him off corners, he was plagued with injuries, he lost his set piece duty and was dropped for Oviedo mid season. Now though, Koeman will look to him as a crucial part of his defence. Baines has been back on free kicks during the pre-season fixtures, in which he has looked reasonably sharp. He’ll definitely a defender to pick if you are looking for those that find themselves picking up a few attacking points.
BARGAIN OPTION – Gerard Deulofeu (6.5m)
There are a few bagrains within the Everton squad, with the likes of Mirallas and co. Deulofeu however is our pick. Last season, Deulofeu was incredible. He had a fantastic partnership with Lukaku, assisting him 7 times last season and overall he created 9 goals. The second half of the season, wasn’t as good as the first for the Spaniard. Martinez dropped him and never started him in back to back games in the last 19 games of the season. Deulofeu only played 1,383 minutes and again, collapsed as a player under the hands of Martinez. With Koeman as a manager, Deulofeu should return back to the player he once was. He’s a very good player with a lot of potential and at just 6.5m he could be a real bargain!
Written by Bonus FPL (@BonusFPL)