By this stage of the season, it’s likely that half your Dream Team is locked in.
The likes of Bruno Fernandes (£4.9m), Joao Cancelo (£5.6m) and Harry Kane (£7.3m) have proved themselves to be top-tier assets in 2020/21.
But the key to mini-league victory is a successful rotating cast of players who complement the popular top dogs.
With that in mind, we’ve identified five midfielders currently priced cheaper than £4.0m who we believe have the best chance of providing healthy returns before the campaign ends.
Mason Mount (£3.6m)
Only Fernandes and Man City’s big three have scored more points than Chelsea’s homegrown talent out of all midfielders.
Mount has amassed 158 points this season having scored eight goals and provided seven assists in all competitions.
With Thomas Tuchel’s side looking forward to an FA Cup final and a Champions League semi-final, the 22-year-old academy product has a busier schedule than most.
Bukayo Saka (£3.4m)
Hot and cold form is to be expected from a 19-year-old but the potency of his underlying talent is unquestionable.
Arsenal will be hopeful of progressing to the Europa League final but it’s unclear how often Saka will play from now until the end of the season.
With an ownership of just 3.7% he could prove to be smart differential in the coming weeks but he may not be as reliable as some of the other names on this list at this point in his career.
Jesse Lingard (£3.9m)
J Lingz has risen like a phoenix from the flames since swapping Manchester for east London in January.
Surely not even David Moyes would have expected nine goals from Lingard’s first ten games as a West Ham loanee.
His output has been second to none have racked up 77 points in the last 11 Game Weeks!
By his own admission, Lingard has suffered confidence issues in the last two years but a change of scenery has blessed him with renewed belief.
Few players in Europe are enjoying their football as much as Lingard right now.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (£2.9m)
A left-field suggestion perhaps.
Everton’s form is not that of Champions League qualifiers with the Toffees without a win in their last six games in all competitions.
Sigurdsson has been one of few Goodison Park residents in decent touch and he’s coming off the back of a brace against Spurs last time out.
The Icelandic playmaker takes Everton’s penalties and is averaging a goal or assist every 174 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Plus, he’s cheap and has an ownership of 1.1%, which may appeal to those who need to think outside the box.
Bernardo Silva (£3.2m)
It almost doesn’t seem right that a regular Man City midfielder can be scooped up for anything under £4.0m.
The Portugal international has provided four assists in his last three outings and has re-established himself in Pep Guardiola’s good books after a fallow period earlier in the campaign.
Naturally, the fact he plays for City is the most alluring factor here but his habit of filling in as false 9 from time to time may also convince a few he’s worthy of a transfer.
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