Bargain Basement – By Rob Wright

August 5, 2014 3:25 pm

FiT is back for the 2014/15 season! An interesting season lies ahead, we are sure to see some classic matches, with some great players, and although we have the likes of Sanchez, RVP, Costa, Aguero and Toure, there will always be at least one player that steps up to the plate and will shine bright, even though not much is expected of them. 2 seasons ago it was Michu of Swansea City. Last season it was Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey. A new season brings with it a clean slate and the opportunity to do something special. the question is, who will it be?

So with that in mind I will be focusing on 10 players that have the ability to do just that, some are new to the league, some have just got over that first season “learning curve” and others just need that little bit more game time and that little piece of “luck”

10. Dusan Tadic 5.6m

This is a great capture by Southampton, with Lallana going they will look to Tadic to be the creative spark from midfield and chip in with a few goals as well. His record in Holland suggests this shouldn’t be too difficult for him, 46 goals and 66 assist in just 151 games in the Dutch top flight suggests this lad is a must have in your team if your looking for a bargain.

9. Gylfi Sigurdsson 5.8m

It’s a case of second times a charm for Gylfi, in his first spell with the Swans he only played 19 games whilst on loan but manage a very respectable 7 goals and 5 assists. He never really got his chance to shine at Spurs, although he scored some important goals them, different manages coming and going meant he never settled, now he has the chance to finally get game time in a settled side and I expect him to relish this “second chance”

8. Aaron Creswell 5m

West Ham’s new addition will rack up a fair amount of points and the twenty-four year old could be a cheap and very effective addition to your squad. The left back provided 16 assists for Ipswich Town last season and with a very defensive minded Sam Allardyce side that keep a fair amount of clean sheets he could become a real bargain.

7. Graziano Pelle, 7.6m

This lad has ping ponged his way around Italy and Holland for the last 9 years and while he has scored goals everywhere he’s been, it was last seasons tally (26 in 33 appearances) that earned him his moved to the premiership. If he can settle he certainly has the tools to cope with riggers of the league, this ones a risk but maybe one worth taking.

6. Siem De Jong 6.1m

I could have gone for several Newcastle players Janmaat, Cabelle, Rivière are all good signings, but I’ve gone for De Jong, unlike his brother I expect him to make a real impression on the league this season. A graduate of the renowned Ajax academy he has played over nearly 250 games for the club and scored an impressive 78 goals whilst also assisting 48 times. His ability to play attacking mid and also as a striker if needed will be a big boost for a team looking to break into the top 8.

5. Bojan Krkic 6.7m

A player that promised so much in his early days at Barcelona and has not really had the opportunity to show this promise as yet. Stoke have captured a real talent and it remains to be seen if Mark Hughes is the right man to bring out Bojans’ full potential, but one thing is for sure he will be a big part of his team and if given the chance will score a fair amount of goals this season.

4. Charlie Austin 6.6m

The 25 year old has all the tools to make a real impact in the league this year, 42 goals in his last 66 appearances for both Burnley and QPR suggest he know where the net is, Hull pulled out of a deal for him and up steeped QPR and he has returned them in plenty, with Remy probably leaving at some point before September he will be their main man. If QPR stay up this season it will be down to his goals.

3. Ashley Young 6m

A player that has to iron out his fixation with falling down, has the perfect opportunity to show that he is a player that can make the big time. Young has the ability, but maybe it’s a confidence issue, he has been in and out Man Utd’s first team since his arrival from Villa. LVG has used him in the majority of his pre season games and if he sticks with his wing back formation I expect Young to get that run of games. This is a make or break season for the lad, and I feel this could be his ” breakthrough” year.

2. Erik Lamela 5.9m

Erik had a torrid first season, injury’s, coupled with a failure to settle meant his form was non existent. This season however I fully expect him to get game time and hopefully fulfil some of the massive price tag he came in with. He has a manager in Pochettino who has a reputation for bringing out the best in players and the fact that he speaks the same language will really help the youngster. He has been used all pre-season and is looking very sharp, scoring and assisting. However Pochettino sets his team up, expect the focus to be on Lamela.

1. Steven Jovetic 7.9m

Another who a had a rough first season in the premiership, but his form in pre season makes almost impossible to ignore 5 goals already and with Negredo injured for a while and Aguero arriving late back from the World Cup a early run in the team could make it impossible to to drop, the advantage he has is that he play just off the front 2, which means should Pelligrini decide to play Aguero and Dzeko then he can drop in nicely behind them. I expect him to make his name this season and become a key part of the Man City team.

Other notable mentions must go to a few that didn’t make the list, Markovic, Cabella, Arnautovic, Snodgrass, E.Valencia and Naismith all came close to making the list but fell just a little short of making the final 10.

I’m sure there will more new additions before the window closes, and I’m sure you have your own ideas on who will be that player to shine this season. So get your skates on, pick your team, join a mini league, and enjoy the banter as the start of the season is less than 2 weeks away…….then it’s Game On !!!

Enjoy the Season,


This post was written by FiT Admin