Sport-Locker Fantasy Football Scout – Budget Strikers

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Our Fantasy Football scout is at it again, this time with a selection of cheap Premier League forwards for your consideration…

Steven Fletcher – £5.5m

A lack of game time last year means Fletcher’s has plummeted from an average of £7.2m to something far more palatable. £5.5m is a solid price for somebody that, when fit, can hit double figures during a Premier League season.

The Scottish international has looked sharp during friendlies and is ready to start the season leading Sunderland’s forward line.

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

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 Darren Bent – £5m

After a curious lack of minutes last season Bent seems to have played his way back into Paul Lambert’s thinking. The striker recently said that he “lives for goals” and with 102 Premier League strikes to his name, he might have a point.

With no date set on Benteke’s return from an Achilles injury £5m could represent real value, especially when you look at Villa’s less than daunting start to the campaign.

Aston Villa’s opening fixtures: Stoke (a), Newcastle (h), Hull (h).

Lukaz Jutkiewicz – £5m

For those thinking about making up the numbers with a Burnley striker then the obvious choice is Turf Moor’s golden boy Danny Ings. However £6m seems a little steep for an unproven striker and Jutkiewicz looks a smart move.

The former Everton youngster has bagged six times in pre-season and Dyche will hope he can maintain that form.

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

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Bojan Krkic – £5.5m

From Barcelona to Stoke. A career which seems to be on the slide, the little Spaniard has never really fulfilled his obvious potential. But the question we want answers to is will he find his feet in the Potteries? At £5.5m, that’s a gamble a lot of managers are willing to take.

3 goals in 3 pre-season games indicates that Mark Hughes is already beginning to get the best out of the intelligent forward and he could well be one of the signings of the season.

Stoke’s opening fixtures: Villa (h), Hull (a), Man City (a).

Charlie Austin – £6m

OK, so having ruled out Ings for his price tag perhaps we’ve been a little hypocritical by selecting Austin at £6m. However with Redknapp currently lacking depth up top and Remy a doubt for the opener, Charlie seems nailed on to play.

His physical style should suit the Premier League and while we aren’t predicting him to score more than Suarez, the former bricklayer has scored goals at every level.

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

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Honourable mentions

David Nugent – £5.5m

Previous experience of the division and guaranteed minutes is what’s on offer here. Plus the former Burnley man is Leicester’s designated penalty taker.

Connor Wickham – £6m

Might start this season in a wider role due to the re-emergence of Steven Fletcher. However his goals last term kept Sunderland in the league and he’ll be looking for more of the same this time.

Joel Campbell – £5.5m

Has played his way into Wenger’s thoughts after an impressive World Cup. With the transfer window yet to slam shut (it cannot close in any other way), it remains to be seen if he’ll stick around at the Emirates.


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