Fantasy football scout: 5 bargain strikers under 7.0m to consider
- PART ONE 6 bargain defenders under 5.0m to consider
- PART TWO 5 bargain midfielders under 6.5m to look at
We know the temptation because we’ve been there: when you first log back into your fantasy football account, it’s straight to the big-scoring strikers. Exhibit A: Harry Kane (£12.5m); Exhibit B: Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m); Exhibit C: Sergio Aguero (£11.5m).
But then we remember we’ve only got £100m to spend and 12 more positions to go. Stupid FFT.
The consensus on a strategic approach tends to be having one or two premium strikers supplemented by a cheaper option – so here we’ve set the limit at £7m for your budget forward pick.
1. Javier Hernandez, West Ham (£7.0m)
A return to the Premier League for former Manchester United man Chicharito is a welcome one. The Mexican was popular during his previous spell in England, and most fans appreciated his better-than-one-in-three average for United despite largely being consigned to the substitutes’ bench.
After leaving for Germany in summer 2015 he registered double-digit goal returns in successive seasons at Bayer Leverkusen (17 in his first, 11 last season). Recently, he became Mexico’s all-time top scorer (current tally: 96 caps, 48 goals).
Now 29, Hernandez has made a significant move back to the Premier League at a key point in his career. West Ham have struggled to find a reliable striker for years, but there’s no shortage of creative talent at the London Stadium. If fellow new boy Marko Arnautovic can settle quickly alongside Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio, Hernandez should get plenty of the service he needs to thrive.
2. Steven Mounie, Huddersfield (£6.0m)
It’s fairly safe to say that Mounie is the most popular Beninese striker Huddersfield have ever had. The club record signing from Montpellier is a 6ft 3in line-leader who scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 last season, six of them via his head.
It remains to be seen just how quickly Mounie – in extension to Huddersfield more generally – can adapt to the Premier League. The 22-year-old is almost certain to play every week, however, and should handle the physical adaptation just fine.
Right-back Tommy Smith chipped in with 10 assists last season, and could dovetail well with new signing Tom Ince on the Terriers’ right side to help Mounie settle fast.