You can play the official Fantasy Premier League game in many different ways and luck will certainly play a big part in determining the extent of your success, but there are a few traits that all good FPL managers have in common. One of those traits is the ability to plan ahead. It’s preferable to take at least the two to three next gameweeks into consideration when working on your team during FPL season, but it’s not all about making that next transfer. It’s also about keeping an eye on potentially interesting developments for the next season.
With 2020 almost upon us we should remind you that each new year of the Premier League sees exciting talents emerge (just like casino superwins) at different clubs and recognising these talents early can give you a considerable competitive advantage over your FPL forum rivals. Imagine knowing about the likes of Caglar Söyüncü (Leicester, 70 FPL points), Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth, 60 FPL points), Mason Mount (Chelsea, 69 FPL points) or Aaron Connolly (Brighton, 33 FPL points) before the start of the current campaign. Not only would you have gotten good FPL assets at a bargain price, but you would have also enjoyed a very quick rise in team value as well. Just to give you an idea, the four previously mentioned players currently represent a combined value increase of £2.0m.
Seeing as the second wildcard will be activated soon (after the deadline for GW20 has passed), we figured it could be interesting to take a look at some of the potential breakthrough Premier League stars for 2020. With that, you can hopefully identify the official game’s next big thing. We have looked at players who seem to be on the fringe of regular playing time for their respective teams, which is why players like Man City’s Phil Foden and Man United’s Mason Greenwood, for example, are not on this list. That’s because, while they are enormous talents, their FPL potential looks to remain limited this season, unlike certain new casino 2020 sites.
Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (midfielder, Bournemouth, £5.8m)
When Danjuma joined Bournemouth last summer for a sum of £13.7 million from Belgian side Club Brugge, the Nigerian-born Dutch international was working on coming back from an injury. That’s why it took almost two months before he could make his official debut for the Cherries, which he finally did In gameweek 7 at his own Vitality Stadium against West Ham. It wasn’t until gameweek 10 that manager Eddie Howe gave Danjuma his first start and the winger made four more starts over the six weeks that followed, all of which came in the past four gameweeks. He booked his first attacking return of the season (and his career) against Spurs in gameweek 14, as assist for Harry Wilson that earned him a total of 5 FPL points. Overall, Danjuma currently stands on 408 minutes of Premier League football, 1 assist and 18 FPL points. His injury at the start of the season represented a bit of a false start for him, but now that he’s fully fit again, it only looks like a matter of time before he starts having more of an impact on his Bournemouth side.
Reece James (defender, Chelsea, £5.0m)
So far during this 2019-2020 Premier League campaign, Chelsea have been one of the more exciting teams to follow and watch. A transfer ban for the Blues partly forced manager Frank Lampard to limit himself to Chelea’s existing roster and the academy, and it has brought them more success and compliments than many would have thought. One of the latest players to benefit from Lampard’s approach is young English full-back Reece James. He only got his very first Premier League minute of the season back in gameweek 9, when he replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi with a minute to go on the clock. Just three weeks later though, James, who preferably plays on the right but can play on the left as well, got his first Premier League start, his first full 90 minutes in the league, and his first PL clean sheet against Palace at Stamford Bridge. In each of the four games Chelsea played since then, he featured as well: once coming on as a substitute for the final half hour, three times as part of the starting eleven. Lampard seems to have a lot of faith in the youngster and even though it remains to be seen how much trust in academy graduates will remain once Chelsea’s transfer ban is lifted in January 2020, it’s hard not to see Reece James making more waves in 2020.
Moussa Djenepo (midfielder, Southampton, £5.2m)
Similarly to Bournemouth signing Danjuma, hopes were high at Saint Mary’s when the local FC bought midfielder/winger Moussa Djenepo from Belgian side Standard de Liège for £14 million. The Malinese dribbler was off to an underwhelming start at Southampton, in big part due to a combination of having to get used to a new environment and dealing with injury. He made substitute appearances in gameweeks 2 and 3, and scored a goal against Brighton at the AmEx in just his second official appearance for the club. In gameweek 5, Djenepo got his first start and in the 73 minutes he was given, he scored a goal and returned 11 FPL points. His next Premier League minutes come in gameweek 11 though, when he gets 11 minutes versus City. The week after he started and finished the game against Everton, and with exception of his 14 minutes as a substitute in GW13, he has started all of Southampton’s games since then. With a single assist over that run, Djenepo’s direct goal involvement has been limited, but more than one pundit has already hailed him as the spark that Southampton need to survive this year. The year 2020 could very well be his break-out year in English football.