Forwards to watch in Fantasy Premier League 2011/12
It’s time to look at the forwards in this final part of our series looking ahead to the potential gems of next season.
Here’s 6 forwards who could be hitting the heights very soon.
Luis Suarez – Liverpool
The Uruguayan international arrived at Anfield in January with a prolific scoring record in Holland where he scored 81 goals in 110 games for Ajax.
Yes, the Dutch league is an easier standard than the English Premier League, but Suarez’s performances for Liverpool last season were top class and it’s going to be hard to look beyond him this season.
He may be deployed in a slightly deeper role, behind the fit again Andy Carroll, but I cannot see this having a negative impact on his fantasy returns.
He’ll be the player who’ll make Liverpool tick, with his eye for a pass, deft trickery, and lethal ability in front of goal.
Definitely one to pencil in!
Predicted price: £10.5m
Javier Hernandez – Man United
Hernandez had an astonishing first season in English football, scoring 13 Premier League goals in just 1491 minutes (Rooney scored 11 goals in 2225 minutes).
Nicknamed “Little Pea Shooter”, the young Mexican is as deadly as they come in front of goal, turning several big matches last season. The winning goal against Everton at Old Trafford and the 1 minute opener against Chelsea spring to mind.
The problem with Hernandez was that he wasn’t a nailed on starter. He played second fiddle to Berbatov early on, and even when he displaced the Bulgarian in the first team, there was always that nagging doubt he’d be dropped. So he was never a fantasy heavyweight.
But this season we have to seriously consider the little Mexican for one of our striking positions.
He started 5 of the last 6 league games (just rested for the final day) and clearly became first choice up front after clicking seriously well with Rooney.
The threat of Berbatov remains but you’d expect Hernandez to start off first choice.
“Personally, I am extremely happy with my season, but I do not rest on my laurels. I want to do even better next season. I want to help this club to make history.”
The only downside is his finishing price of £7.1m is likely to rise when he is re-priced for this season.
Predicted price: £8.5m
Fernando Torres – Chelsea
Torres had an absolute stinker last season but he’s still a world class talent and I see a brighter future for the moody Spaniard.
It’s a fresh start for all Chelsea players and Andre Villas-Boas will surely look to use Torres as a focal point and find a system that suits his game. Something which Ancelotti failed to do.
A quick look at the fixture list sees Chelsea take on Norwich, West Brom and Swansea at home inside the first 6 games so Torres will have a great chance of getting off to a flyer and getting his confidence back on track.
I see Torres scoring 20 plus goals if he can stay fit.
Predicted price: £11m
Bobby Zamora – Fulham
Zamora was besieged by injury last season and never really got to show his best form. In fact he only played 90 minutes 3 times all season.
Martin Jol has taken over at Fulham. Jol has a reputation for playing attacking football so Zamora should get plenty of opportunities to hit the net. Jol recently said:
“I like to play nice, attacking football – that has always been my way and I will be no different at Fulham… perhaps we can be a bit more creative in the final third.”
Music to Zamora’s ears then!
Predicted price: £6.5m
Demba Ba – Newcastle
Ba scored 7 goals in 10 starts for struggling West Ham to prove his goal scoring credentials in the top flight.
Now Ba has moved to Newcastle and looks set to become their leading striker who’ll play week in, week out.
I see Ba getting a low valuation when FPL is relaunched so he could well be a decent third striker option who’ll get you 10 or so goals for the season.
Predicted price: £5.5m
Junior Hoillet – Blackburn
The 21 year-old Canadian burst into life in the latter part of last season and his 5 goals helped Blackburn stay in the Premier League.
I see Hoilett taking up from where he left off and competing with the likes of Demba Ba as our budget striker.
Blackburn are in the transfer market for a striker so we need to monitor this before assuming Hoillet will be a nailed on starter.
Predicted price: £5m