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Which midfielders have increased in price the most since the start of the season?

As the season winds down it feels like a good time to reflect upon how the Dream Team campaign has progressed.

Midfield has probably been the most difficult position to pin down in 2021/22 with several popular assets experiencing severe fluctuations in form.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the midfielders who have increased in price the most since the start of the season.

James Maddison £3.5m > £4.2m (+£1.2m)

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With 14 goals and nine assists to his name in all competitions, Leicester’s No10 has enjoyed the most productive season of his career from an individual perspective.

Dream Team bosses will remember how slowly Maddison started – by the end of Game Week 8 he had mustered just four points.

However, the 25-year-old has amassed 168 points in the last 22 Game Weeks at an average of 7.6 points-per-GW.

Maddison’s price dropped to £2.4m at the lowest ebb of his early-season drought which is the main reason his overall gain £1.2m from his starting price doesn’t seem to full reflect his sensational form in recent months.

Bernardo Silva £3.0m > £4.3m (+£1.3m)

Such has been the Portuguese playmaker’s importance this term it’s easy to forget that he was a more peripheral figure last season.

In 2020/21, Bernardo scored just two league goals in 2,071 minutes – compare that to eight in 2,613 minutes this season – which explains his relatively cheap starting price.

Man City leaned heavily on their No20 in the first half of the season, when he scored seven goals in the space of 17 games and was arguably the second-best player in the Premier League after Mohamed Salah (£7.7m).

Bernardo has been a godsend for Dream Team gaffers this season – an affordable, consistent performer.

Kevin De Bruyne £6.0m > £7.3m (+£1.3m)

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The Belgium international started as one of the most-expensive assets in his position and yet he’s still risen £1.3m to this point.

By his sky-high standards, De Bruyne’s tally of ten assists in all competitions is under par but the 30-year-old has been a regular goalscorer this season – he needs just one more to equal his highest total.

Similarly to Maddison, De Bruyne was slow out of the blocks, mostly because of the injury he suffered at Euro 2020.

City’s strawberry-blonde playmaker averaged a meagre 2.59 points per Game Week up until mid-December.

Normal service has been resumed since then, scoring 12 goals and providing 12 assists in his last 25 appearances.

James Ward-Prowse £3.5m > £4.9m (+£1.4m)

Europe’s free-kick king has scored ten goals in all competitions for the first time in his career this season.

A few Dream Team bosses may have raised their eyebrows at Ward-Prowse’s starting price back in August but it turns out £3.5m was conservative.

Southampton’s skipper has registered five double-digit game hauls and has proven to be a reliable performer for his slim ownership (currently 3%).

Bukayo Saka £3.5m > £5.2m (+£1.7m)

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Arsenal’s No7 has contributed 17 goal involvements in the Premier League this season – an effort that has propelled his side to the brink of Champions League qualification.

Only five players have taken more shots in the top flight this term than Saka – an appealing statistic for Dream Team managers who are always on the hunt for the most attack-minded midfielders.

Still just 20 years old, it will be fascinating to see what returns the young Gunner will be able to provide with European fixtures to bolster his schedule next season.

Jarrod Bowen £3.0m > £4.7m (+£1.7m)

The ex-Hull winger is the only player other than Salah to have registered 10+ goals and 10+ assists in the Premier League this season.

At the time of writing, Bowen is Dream Team’s third-best midfielder with 198 points to his name.

Arguably the breakout star of 2021/22, the 25-year-old was an ace-in-the-hole for Dream Team gaffers brave enough to back him early.

There’s no chance Bowen will start next season as cheap as £3.0m.

Wilfried Zaha £3.0m > £4.8m (£1.8m)

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Only five players have scored more Premier League goals than Crystal Palace’s talisman this season.

Zaha’s tally of 13 league goals (14 in all comps) is the best of his career to date.

The 29-year-old’s dramatic price hike has occurred in recent weeks during a fruitful spell of eight goals in 13 games – a run that also includes three Star Man awards.

Riyad Mahrez £5.0m > £7.3m (+£2.3m)

Who else but the undisputed king of midfield for 2021/22?

Mahrez averages 5.4 points-per-game this season having only started 13 league games for Man City.

It’s extraordinary how efficient the Algerian has been with his game time – he’s scored 24 goals in 2,683 minutes in all competitions.

That works out at a goal every 111.8 minutes – a phenomenal rate for an asset classified as a midfielder.

Mahrez’s price escalated so sharply that he became too expensive for many Dream Team bosses – even now his ownership sits at a modest 12.7% despite the fact he’s the outright best midfielder with 231 points!