Sport-Locker Fantasy Football Scout – Budget midfielders

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Our reliable Sport-locker.net Fantasy Football scout casts his eye on some potential midfield gems as we creep ever closer to the start of the Premier League season…

Jordon Mutch – £5.5m

The second player signed by Harry Redknapp from Cardiff City (the other being Steven Caulker), the tall midfielder has an eye for goal and looked assured at Premier League level despite suffering relegation.

QPR’s opening fixtures: Hull (h), Spurs (a), Sunderland (h).

Mark Noble – £5.5m

A trusted penalty taker and occasional set piece man, Noble is a solid purchase for any fantasy midfield.

With 3 goals and 6 assists, he ended last season on 127 points, which is his best ever return. Under Sam Allardyce’s new ‘attacking’ West Ham he could flourish even more.

West Ham’s opening fixtures: Spurs (h), Palace (a), Southampton (h).

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Gylfi Sigurdsson – £6m

With the Icelandic sharpshooter priced at just £6m he stands out as a very attractive proposition. The last time he wore Swansea colours he bagged 7 goals in 18 games and anything close to that return would represent decent value for money.

However with Swans manager Garry Monk seemingly keen on fielding both Gomis and Bony together, Sigurdsson may have to settle for a spot on the wing rather than in his preferred position behind the striker.

Swansea’s opening fixtures: Man Utd (a), Burnley (h), West Brom (h).

Jack Rodwell – £5m

After a miserable few years at Man City the England international will be looking to rebuild his career and his reputation at the Stadium of Light.

With so much still to prove £5m could be a bargain, although it is worth noting that that Rodwell only managed 112 minutes of football in the Premier League last season.

Sunderland’s opening fixtures: West Brom (a), Man Utd (h), QPR (a).

Midfielders usual

The usual suspects

It goes without saying that you should try and crowbar at least one of these big dogs into your midfield. But which ones?

Eden Hazard – £10m

During the 2012/13 season he managed 9 goals; last term he broke double figures and ended up with 14; so how many will end up with this time around? The addition of Fabregas and Diego Costa will certainly aid the fleet-footed Belgian in his quest for more goals and Chelsea are many peoples tip for the title.

Steven Gerrard – £9m

13 goals and 15 assists represented another typically brilliant season from the Liverpool skipper. However with Champions League football to content with the 34-year-old could be rotated in order to save his aging legs.

Ramsey – £9m

The only one on this stellar list not to be involved in this summer’s World Cup, Ramsey is fresh and it showed in his recent performance against City in the Charity Shield. If he can remain injury free (which is a big if) the Welshman will almost certainly improve on last season’s return of 10 Premier League goals.

Yaya Toure – £11m

The Ivorian’s eye watering price tag makes him the most expensive midfielder on the game. However, despite the occasional tantrum he’s hard to ignore when you look at last season’s 241 point haul, which consisted of 20 goals, 9 assists and 34 bonus points.

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