With Manchester City splashing out nearly £50 million for Raheem Sterling, a price tag of just 9.0m on Fantasy Premier League seems an absolute bargain, but there are plenty of other options within the Manchester City midfield, David Silva being one of them! So do we go for the British record transfer or the tried and tested Spaniard?
So firstly, lets take a look at some statistics and what £50m buys you! In 3,047 minutes last season, Sterling managed 7 goals and 10 assists, which isn’t a bad return for a midfielder, but it could be a lot better. This season, we are sure he will look to improve on this tally, trying to impress his new fans and also try to nail down a place in the starting XI alongside some world class players. City don’t face the easiest of starts travelling to the Hawthorns, then at home to the reigning champions (Chelsea) and finally away to the Toffees. However, after those 3 relatively challenging games things pick up, facing; Watford, Palace, West Ham, Spurs, Newcastle, Bournemouth.
Last season, David Silva’s efforts of 12 goals and 12 assists in 2,646 minutes, which was 400 minutes less than that of Raheem Sterling. Looking back, it can be quite surprising how many goals the Spanish wizard actually managed as he generally loves to assist. However, it must be taken into account that with Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling back in form, the goals and assists are likely to be spread more evenly, which could be bad news for any Silva owners.
Who to choose?
Manchester City’s first 3 games are not so favourable and coupled with the fact that a certain Sergio Aguero will be late back to action due to the Copa America, it might be best to give them both a miss. However, as mentioned above, from gameweek 4 onwards we would recommend bringing at least one into your team along with Sergio Aguero. Sterling and Silva are primarily assister’s and with Aguero back in the team they are likely to be more productive fantasy football wise.
FPL Dilemma Result: Neither to start
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