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8 facts from last year’s Dream Team that sound like nonsense but are actually true

The new season of Dream Team is almost upon us once again – swifter than previous years, for all the obvious reasons.

But while the turnaround in seasons is quicker than Mason Greenwood’s feet, we thought we’d have a look back at some stats and titbits from last year… let’s go!

1. Adama Traore was only picked in 0.08% of teams at the start of the season

The Wolves winger ended the season with the joint most number of Star Man awards (10) and picked up a huge 202 points in their lengthy campaign.

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So it seems hardly believable that barely anyone fancied him at the start of the 19/20 season.

2. 18 hopeful people picked Scott Carson as their goalkeeper

Hopeful/strange, delete as appropriate.

We know that you’re not picking up big points from goalkeepers in Dream Team, but seriously?

Carson’s a lovely bloke and a fine goalkeeper of course, but do be more careful when selecting a stopper this season.

3. 11,049 players picked Mason Greenwood before the start of the season

Here at Dream Team we really think we know a fair bit about football.

But to the 11,049 people who picked Mason Greenwood before the season started… how did you know?

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The Man United youngster had the second highest increase in value over the course of the season – rising from £1.0m to £3.0m.

4. Tammy Abraham was the most transferred player in last season

Seems like a lifetime ago that Tammy Abraham was plying his trade on-loan at Aston Villa in the Championship, but it was actually just over a year since he moved back to his parent club Chelsea.

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His flurry of seven goals in three games at the end of August and start of September saw people flock to get him in their XIs, but his form petered off as Olivier Giroud ended the season strongly.

5. More people had Ryan Fraser in before the start of the season than Son Heung-Min

OK, it was only 3,000 teams more but still…

To give it a bit more context, Son Heung-Min ended the season with 201 points, whilst Fraser… erm, didn’t.

6. Diogo Dalot had a higher points per game (PPG) than Trent Alexander-Arnold

A disclaimer here: we are not suggesting that you should get Dalot in your team over TAA.

However, the Man United defender picked up 53 points in his 11 appearances at an average of 4.8 points, whilst Alexander-Arnold averaged 4.7 points.

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As with all stats, the caveat here is TAA scored 210 points in his superb season.

7. Only 2.1% of teams had Nick Pope in their team at the end of the season

We know that Burnley aren’t exactly the sexiest club to pick players from, but Pope ended the season as the highest scoring goalkeeper on the game, as his 121 points saw him five points clear of Ederson.

His price has increased to £3.0m from £1.5m last season… so will he get the nod from you this year?

8. Willian had more 7+ WhoScored ratings than Raheem Sterling, Mo Salah and 300+ others

Of course eyebrows have been raised about the ageing Willian’s move across London but the fact is he is still a hugely effective player for your Dream Team.

He picked up 28 7+ ratings in 47 appearances last season, the seventh most in the Dream Team game.