Midfielders could be the most important part of your Fantasy Premier League team, even ahead of forwards, due to their attacking potential and often kind price tags.
Premium cost midfielders are where you should spend the bulk of your budget due to their reliable nature when it comes to scoring goals and creating assists.
Of the four players to rack up more than 200 FPL points last season, three were midfielders: Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-Min and Bruno Fernandes – joined by Harry Kane.
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However, you will need to top up those big-money options with a handful of budget superstars who could easily go on to become the best-value players in Fantasy Premier League 2021/22.
As ever, there are fresh options to consider, old favourites to remember and big decisions to make before the season gets underway.
RadioTimes.com brings you all the latest FPL tips to sign the best midfielders ahead of 2021/22.
Diogo Jota (Liverpool) – £7.5m
Jota has enjoyed strong form in pre-season having scored in his last two outings. He appears to have weaved his way into Jurgen Klopp’s initial strongest XI for the season, ahead of Roberto Firmino in the pecking order.
The Portuguese star enjoyed a stunning start to life on Merseyside and looks primed for an even bigger year.
During his debut Liverpool season, Jota played roughly 1,100 minutes. In that time, he scored nine goals and picked up nine bonus points. For context, Mohamed Salah played in all-but one match for a grand total of 3077 minutes, almost three times as many as Jota.
Jota would be unlikely to maintain that level of form throughout a full season, but you get the idea. He could be a 150+ points scorer if he does indeed play the majority of games this term.
Emi Buendia (Aston Villa) – £6.5m
The former Norwich playmaker has enjoyed a growing reputation since first appearing in the Premier League for the Canaries. He helped bring them back to the top flight but a big-money move to Villa proved too much to resist.
Buendia has defensive solidity behind him and Ollie Watkins ahead of him to feed. He will either work in tandem with Jack Grealish or given the main onus to provide creativity should Grealish leave. Buendia has serious potential.
Riyad Mahrez (Man City) – £9.0m
Phil Foden, Ferran Torres and other City stars’ exploits at Euro 2020, coupled with Sergio Aguero’s departure, means Pep Guardiola’s men are going into 2021/22 with limited attacking options.
That opens the door for Riyad Mahrez to make his mark in their opening fixtures. He’s £3.0m cheaper than Kevin De Bruyne and will be well-rested ahead of the new campaign.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £12.5m
The safest of safe bets, even during a relatively poor season by Liverpool’s recent standards, Salah still racked up 22 goals and six assists.
He’s a banker for 200+ points – barring injury issues – and has enjoyed more of a rest this summer than many top stars who featured at the Euros. For what it’s worth, cramming Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes into the same XI may seem ambitious, but it could be terrific strategy if you can save cash up front.