5 players you should sign for your 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League team

Despite the latest Premier League campaign having come to a close just over a month ago, we are now less than two weeks away from the 2020/21 season kicking off.

This, of course, also means the return of Fantasy Premier League.

The upcoming campaign, though, due to the fixture complications brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, could prove the most difficult which FPL managers have had to navigate in recent times.

With sides set for a jam-packed fixture list, there will likely be frequent rotation, particularly from top clubs competing in numerous competitions.

Fans have also only been afforded a limited pre-season to assess who might act as a key figure in FPL this season, whilst some previous favourites, like Christian Pulisic for example, may not even start in Chelsea’s opening fixtures, with the American currently in quarantine.

So, 101 have now provided you with a list of players who should feature heavily in the early weeks of the campaign, as well as excelling in the long-term.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12.0)

First up is Arsenal hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabonese international of course enjoyed another superb season at the Emirates last time out, netting 22 and assisting three in 36 league outings. This tally saw Aubameyang miss out on the Golden Boot by a solitary goal.

And though the 31-year-old’s FPL price has increased from last season, it is worth noting that he has been assigned midfield status.

As such, given the fact that midfielders earn a point more (5) than forwards for finding the net, Aubameyang, who is clearly Arsenal’s star man, will likely rack up even more points in the forthcoming campaign.

Midfielders also earn one point for every clean sheet kept, increasing the forward’s likely points haul even further.

Arsenal’s first game of the season, meanwhile, is against newly-promoted Fulham, who are not the most defensively sound unit in England.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.5)

Our second pick is another highly-priced star. In fact, Trent Alexander-Arnold is the most expensive defender on FPL for 2020/21.

However, TAA’s returns over the last two seasons have been simply sensational.

Last season saw him garner a record-breaking 13 Premier League assists (FPL actually awarded 15).

Add this kind of production to Liverpool’s superb defensive record, and the full-back is pretty much guaranteed to secure some form of return each week.

It is also worth noting that Liverpool didn’t enjoy the best start to the season from a defensive standpoint last time out, with Allison having missed a number of games through injury.

But if the Brazilian stays fit, there doesn’t appear to be any reason why Liverpool can’t improve on their clean sheet record from 2019/20.

In addition, considering the fact that Alexander-Arnold is currently owned by 55.2% of FPL players, not having him in your side could really hamper your success this year.

Liverpool’s English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

Danny Ings (8.5)

Danny Ings enjoyed an outstanding 2019/20 campaign with Southampton.

The centre-forward, across 38 games, netted 22 goals and provided two assists for the Saints.

Despite this sensational return, though, Ings is still fairly well priced this time around.

Granted, his price-tag has gone up, but he is still cheaper than all of Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Anthony Martial, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino – all of whom he outscored last season.

Obviously, Ings hasn’t been as consistent, on a season to season basis, as some of those mentioned above, but at a price of 8.5, is it hard to turn his addition down, especially considering how impressively Southampton ended last season.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Danny Ings of Southampton during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton FC at Villa Park on December 21, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Raul Jimenez (8.5)

Our next option is a 2nd 8.5-priced forward, in the form of Raul Jimenez.

Jimenez has been a solid FPL option since his arrival in the Premier League, and there doesn’t appear to be any reason that this will cease to be the case in 2020/21.

The Mexican did score five fewer goals than Danny Ings last season, but he also provided five more assists.

And with Wolves having missed out on European football for the campaign ahead, one would imagine that Jimenez will be featuring in just about every league game for which he is available, whilst firing on all cylinders.

Raul Jimenez

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on January 4, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Aleksandar Mitrovic (6.0)

The final player whom you could look to add to your FPL side is more of a budget option, which would of course allow you to spend more money elsewhere.

The individual in question comes in the form of Fulham hitman, Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Fulham are one of the newly-promoted clubs this term, and whilst you may not be keen to risk signing players from a side who have just come up, Mitrovic is arguably a safe bet.

The Serbian has prior Premier League experience with both Fulham and Newcastle, and was part of the Cottagers side which was relegated in 2018/19.

Even in that poor side, though, Mitrovic still managed to score 11 and assist three in 37 league outings.

As such, if he can produce a similar tally this time around, it would be difficult to complain based on the use of just 6.0 of your budget.

The 25-year-old will also no doubt head into next season full of confidence, after finding the net 26 times in the Championship last time out.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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