5 Reasons why Christian Eriksen should be in our Fantasy Football teams
At the end of every Premier League season, someone always creates a team of players who if you had them for the entire season you would have won FPL. Almost every season Christian Eriksen is one of those players, so when the prices were released he was one of the first names I cast my eye on after Salah and Kane.
1 He’s the same price
A quick check to my spreadsheet tells me Eriksen’s price has remained the same as last season at £9.5m. For such a high scoring player I’m delighted to see that Eriksen’s price has remained the same. He finished the 2017/18 season with 199 points, a tally only bettered by Salah, Sterling, Kane and KDB. To get the 5th highest scoring player in the game last season for under 10m makes him an absolute must have in my eyes.
2 He is Mr. Consistent
So I’ve mentioned already that he was the 5th highest scoring player last year, but it’s not only last season that Eriksen has been FPL gold. In the 16/17 season, Eriksen’s points tally was 218 points making him the 6th highest scorer for that year. The 15/16 season he accumulated 178 points for the 8th highest score of the season and in the 14/15 season, he was the 10th highest scoring player with 162 points. Eriksen has been in the top 10 points scorers for the past 4 seasons. Who’s to say he won’t improve on his 5th highest spot this season?
"Eriksen can do it all! He was one of only five players to hit double figures for goals and assists last season scoring 10) goals and providing a further 10 assists"
3 Goals, assists & bonus points
Eriksen can do it all! He was one of only five players to hit double figures for goals and assists last season scoring 11 (or 10 ? ) goals and providing a further 10 assists. He was also a bit of a bonus point magnet, amassing 23 bonus points over the season with only 9 players earning more. Despite assisting 10 goals last season Eriksen’s assists are down on the 2016/17 and 2017/18 season where he provided 16 and 20 assists respectively. Despite this, his underlying stats were really good. Eriksen was second for key passes (85) and big chances created (16) and third for crosses (222) and through balls (24). Who’s going to be on the end of all these crosses and through balls?
4 Midfielders score more points
While many managers turn their attention to the big hitters up front such as Kane, Aguero, Lukaku etc. It’s the midfielders who more than often come out among the top scorers. This is because Midfielders have more points on offer to them. Midfielders score an extra point for every goal scored and they also can earn a point for a clean sheet which forwards cannot. A Midfielder has been the top scoring player for the past 4 seasons (Salah, Sanchez, Mahrez, Hazard). 7 of the top 10 points scorers from last season were midfielders suggesting that there is better value in midfield than there is splashing the cash on premium forwards.
5 He’s going to be ready to go
With Son likely to be allowed time off to compete at the Asian Games and many players having a prolonged World Cup, it could take some time for players to get up to speed having had a shorter pre-season and less time to rest. Eriksen on the other hand barring injury should be good to go and there may be more of a reliance on Eriksen to come up with the goods at the start of the season especially with the majority of the Spurs team made up of England and Belgium players.
So will Eriksen be making it into your team?