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The 10 best Dream Team midfielders currently priced at £3.0m or cheaper

Cheap, prosperous midfielders has been one of the themes of the Dream Team season so far.

With the likes of Mason Mount (£4.2m), Jadon Sancho (£3.5m), Raheem Sterling (£4.1m) and several other popular midfielders not exactly setting the world alight at the start of the new campaign for various reasons, keeping track of bargain midfield options seems sensible.

Without further ado, here’s the top ten midfielders currently priced at £3.0m or cheaper.

10 Fabinho (£2.4m) – 23 points

Not the ideal Dream Team midfielder if truth be told

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Not the ideal Dream Team midfielder if truth be told

Defensive midfielders should generally be avoided as their strongest attributes don’t translate to regular points.

Liverpool’s industrious Brazilian banked nearly half of his points in one fell swoop against Leeds when he scooped the Star Man award after bagging a rare goal.

Given that Fabinho hasn’t scored more than two goals in a season since he joined the Reds, it’s probably best to admire his talents away from the world of Dream Team.

9 Mateo Kovacic (£2.3m) – 23 points

Chelsea’s No8 has enjoyed a spike in attacking output at the start of 2021/22.

He’s scored one goal and provided three assists in 477 minutes of Premier League action – only Paul Pogba (£4.4m) has registered more assists at this stage.

Whether his new-found attacking verve is here to stay remains to be seen…

Kovacic appears in 2.5% of teams

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Kovacic appears in 2.5% of teams

8 Anwar El Ghazi (£2.7m) – 24 points

Another one you shouldn’t be rushing to transfer into your XI if truth be told.

17 of the Aston Villa winger’s 24 points were earned against Barrow in the Carabao Cup…

7 Declan Rice (£2.9m) – 24 points

Another inclusion that seems to laugh at the concept that defensive midfielders should be avoided but, like Kovacic, the West Ham hero’s inflated points tally is a consequence of some rare attacking contributions.

Rice scored a fantastic goal in the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb and has notched two assists in the league already – his best-ever assist tally for a Premier League campaign is three.

The England international is very effective player but he can only be considered a genuinely viable Dream Team asset if he continues to chip in with semi-regular goal contributions.

6 Conor Gallagher (£2.2m) – 25 points

A new lease of life

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A new lease of life

Okay, here’s where this list shifts up a gear.

The Chelsea player has caught the eye this season having agreed a loan switch to Crystal Palace where he’s playing further forward than he did in West Brom colours last term.

Gallagher is one of the most energetic players in the league and has been the driving force behind everything the Eagles have done well in recent weeks.

5 Raphinha (£3.0m) – 27 points

Leeds haven’t got going as a team yet this season but their dynamic Brazilian winger has picked up where he left off from an individual perspective.

The 24-year-old has scored three goals in six appearances and perhaps should have more given the chances he’s had – only five Premier League players have registered more shots in 2021/22.

Twice in two weeks he’s left the pitch in the second half to ice his hamstring and nurse his hip so there’s a risk he may be sidelined soon but he’s providing the goods when on the pitch.

Leeds are yet to win but that hasn’t stopped Raphinha going about his business

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Leeds are yet to win but that hasn’t stopped Raphinha going about his business

4 Demarai Gray (£2.4m) – 29 points

Andros Townsend (£3.7m) is doing so well that he doesn’t even qualify for this list because his price has increased so much – he’s the outright best midfielder in the game right now!

However, Everton have another new arrival who has hit the ground running in the form of Gray, who is the most-popular asset on this list with an ownership of 7.4%.

The former Leicester midfielder has scored three goals with an assist on top for good measure to endear himself to the Goodison Park faithful.

There’s always a sense that any good form from the Toffees may be fleeting but Dream Team bosses should make hay while the sun shines.

3 Adama Traore (£2.9m) – 30 points

Dream Team’s resident superhero is the only player with three Star Man awards to his name at this stage.

He may not always get the job done in the final third and it’s not entirely clear whether he’s still a starter for Wolves but Traore’s freakishly good dribbling tickles WhoScored’s algorithm like nothing else.

2 Abdoulaye Doucoure (£2.4m) – 31 points

The Premier League’s most underrated midfielder?

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The Premier League’s most underrated midfielder?

As if Townsend and Gray weren’t providing enough points, a third Everton midfielder has stormed up the rankings in recent weeks.

Doucoure is a vastly underrated player and one who is making use of the licence to get forward more given to him by Rafa Benitez.

The 28-year-old has registered five goal involvements in six league fixtures with his goal against Norwich last weekend earning him a Star Man gong.

1 Ismaila Sarr (£2.9m) – 37 points

The Senegal international is genuinely one of the most exciting talents in the Premier League.

How Watford managed to hang onto him in the Championship we’ll never know but that they did and, if anything, Sarr is impressing even more in the top flight this season.

The 23-year-old has scored four goals in six games for the Hornets this term and has a good opportunity to extend his form this weekend when he faces an injury-hit Leeds defence.

With an ownership of just 2.2%, Sarr is worth keeping an eye on at the very least.

A natural entertainer

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A natural entertainer