200 points is the benchmark for an elite asset in the world of Dream Team.
Last season 16 players celebrated double centuries with one, Mohamed Salah (£7.5m), finishing as a triple centurion.
With gaffers currently trying their best to glimpse into the future while creating their teams ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, we dug out our crystal ball in an attempt to predict which players will reach 200+ points this coming term.
Alisson (£4.5m) topped the charts among goalkeepers in 2021/22 with 185 points and that was with Liverpool playing every single fixture possible open to them.
For that reason, we don’t think any custodians will reach a double century this time around.
- Reece James (£5.5m)
- Ben Chilwell (£5m)
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m)
- Andy Robertson (£5.5m)
- Virgil van Dijk (£6m)
- Joao Cancelo (£6.5m)
- Ruben Dias (£5m)
James somehow achieved 200+ points last season despite missing 19 games through injury so he should comfortably make the milestone this term if he stays out of the treatment room.
Similarly, Chilwell was one of the best defenders in the game before he was sidelined for six months with a ruptured knee ligament.
The England left-back scored three goals and provided one assist in seven league appearances as Thomas Tuchel’s system relies heavily on the attacking verve of Chelsea’s wing-backs.
Liverpool’s holy trinity need no justifications at this stage, each one has proved their credentials several times over in recent seasons.
Alexander-Arnold fell just two points shy of 300 last season after registering 19 assists in all competitions.
Similarly, Cancelo has finished among the top two defenders twice in succession, breezing past the 200-point barrier both times – is anybody expecting anything different from the Portuguese this time around?
Finally among defenders, we’re back Dias to make the grade if he avoids any serious injury setbacks.
- Bukayo Saka (4m)
- Mason Mount (£5m)
- Luis Diaz (£5m)
- Kevin De Bruyne (£7m)
- Phil Foden (£5m)
We start with an ambitious punt here in the form of Saka but it’s worth noting Arsenal’s homegrown No7 banked 160 points last season.
He’s another year older now, though still just 20, and with Gabriel Jesus (£5m) expected to lead the at the Emirates line we think the England international could continue his meteoric rise – he may need a few favourable Europa League match-ups if he’s to reach 200.
It’s a similar story for Mount, who swaggered to 194 points in 2021/22.
He too will be another year closer to his prime and his importance to Chelsea has never been more obvious given the club’s problems pinning down a centre-forward.
We’re not alone in backing Diaz to the hilt, the Colombian is currently the most-popular midfielder in the game ahead of the new campaign with a massive ownership of 40.4%.
As the reigning king of midfielders and a modern Dream Team legend, De Bruyne is an automatic selection – he’s got a potent striker to feed this season after all.
Much of what applied to Saka and Mount is also relevant for Foden, who scored 14 goals and provided 11 assists in all comps last time out.
Still just 22 years old it feels as if the Man City fan favourite is already an established star.
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- Gabriel Jesus (£5m)
- Mohamed Salah (£7m)
- Erling Haaland (£7m)
- Jamie Vardy (£4.5m)
- Harry Kane (£7.5m)
- Son Heung-min (£6.5m)
Jesus will only need to improve last season’s total by 21 points if he’s to make 200 which seems achievable given he’s likely to be given more minutes on the pitch now he’s a Gunner.
He’ll probably have to score at least 20 goals in all competitions if he’s join the elite group – Arsenal fans certainly believe that’s feasible.
Salah is Salah, simple as that.
Surely only persistent injuries will stop Haaland romping to a double century during his debut Dream Team campaign?
Man City create more chances than any other team in the Premier League so add in a physically imposing striker who averages roughly one goal per game during his career so far and the potential for gargantuan returns can’t be ignored.
Call us sentimental but we believe Vardy has got one more statement season in him.
He may be 35 years old but he proved last season that, when fit, his goalscoring instincts are as sharp as ever.
Leicester’s No9 scored 15 league goals at a rate of one every 120 minutes in 2021/22.
Last but by no means least it’s Spurs’ familiar duo of Kane and Son.
The prolific pair combined for 534 points last season and given the events of the summer transfer window there’s every reason to believe Antonio Conte’s men will only be stronger going forward.
Those are our double centurion punts – who did we miss?