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12.4% of Dream Team managers are making a terrible mistake picking Phil Foden

The new Dream Team season is ever so close!

First things first, please make sure your team is fully submitted and ready to start accumulating points this weekend.

There’s a chance some teams created during the prototype phase come in over the £50million limit now player prices and positions have been finalised – these teams will NOT be eligible to score points until they fall within budget so make sure your XI is fully prepared!

Once your Dream Team is fully submitted from a technical perspective, make sure you’re not making any glaring strategical mistakes.

For example, 12.4% of gaffers have made a huge error in selecting Phil Foden (£5.5m).


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Bring back the natural hair colour, Phil…

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Bring back the natural hair colour, Phil…

The 21-year-old finished 2020/21 as the second-best midfielder after amassing 229 points.

However, Man City’s gifted starlet – who is the seventh-most popular midfielder currently – is expected to miss the first month of the season as he recovers from ligament damage in his foot.

Foden suffered the injury, said to be relatively rare in footballers, while training with England ahead of the Euro 2020 final.

With everything else that has been going on (Romelu Lukaku, Lionel Messi, Jack Grealish, etc) you would be forgiven for missing comparatively boring injury updates but now you’ve been informed there’s no excuse for starting Game Week 1 with Foden in your midfield.

And the same could be said for Kevin De Bruyne (£6.0m).

De Bruyne played through the pain against Italy

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De Bruyne played through the pain against Italy

The Belgian is still suffering from the ankle injury he sustained during Euro 2020.

He played through the pain against Italy after some injections but he was evidently hampered and his participation in that fixture almost certainly delayed his recovery time.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that De Bruyne will not be out for as long as Foden but it’s likely the strawberry-blonde playmaker will miss City’s first league game against Spurs this Sunday at the very least.

Dream Team bosses have five transfers to use in August and with just three rounds of league fixtures to navigate (plus a scattering of EFL Cup games) it seems wasteful to have De Bruyne lying dormant in your midfield.

It would make more sense to allocate one of your monthly transfers to bring him in once he’s available for selection.

At the time of writing, 42.5% of Dream Team gaffers have De Bruyne in their midfield – he’s the second-most popular player in his position!

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