A 4.5 valued FPL midfielder usually is a bench warmer that completes your squad within the 100m budget. But the thing is, it’s still possible to get something out of a player of such low value. Statistics can help and so can the knowledge of squad depth and bench options for each Premier League team. Anything more than 0 points from a player of that value is a winning scenario. And if you are lucky, you can get a Dele, Lundstram, or Harry Kane of the future at a very low price.
Yes, all these players were higher valued in the debut season but they still were very low priced.
The main point is, instead of putting a random player into your team, only because 15% of managers selected him, and due to some kind of domino effect other managers are also selecting that same player without knowing anything about him, it is better to do a little research and take a chance on a player who is more likely to give you at least a point from the bench.
Such a player will increase your team’s value and give you points that are totally unexpected.
In this blog, we are going to predict some of the lower valued budget midfield players who can actually make your team better. The list will be updated throughout the season.
1. Yves Bissouma
Bissouma is the only 4.5m midfielder who played more than 3000 minutes last season. He is an experienced midfielder almost guaranteed to start. The only limitation is that you can’t expect him to score big for your team. Currently, he is owned by more than 15% of managers, but he is more of a defensive-minded player helping the backline leading from the front.
Last season he played 3112 minutes and scored 1 goal. You can sign him as a squad player for 2 points from the bench and replace him once the season progresses and there is a better option to sign in that budget.
2. Josh Brownhill
Much like BissoMuch like Bissouma, the Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill is a defensive-minded midfielder. But a sure starter.
His qualities are much of what Bissouma possesses. Played 2812 minutes last season and registered 1 assist.
Signing him over Bissouma can only have 1 reason, he gets booked less often. Bissouma got 8 yellow cards last season while Brownhill had only two bookings.
3. Douglas Luiz
Douglas Luiz is one of those low-budget midfielders who lost their value only because previously in FPL he was registered as a defender but now is a midfield player. Meaning even if he repeats that 12 clean-sheets feet of last season, instead of 4 points for a clean sheet you will get only a point.
As far as minutes on pitch are concerned, he is a starter for Aston Villa and played 2781 minutes last season. Something that makes him best 4. .5 midfielder if you are looking for a 2 points squad player.
He got booked 8 times last season but is a much more experienced player than Brownhill and Aston Villa are expected to do much better than Burnley this season.
Aston Villa is in contention to qualify for UEFA Europa Conference League, the 3rd tier of European football after Champions League and Europa League, and Douglas Luiz can be the stone wall of the team leading defense from the lower midfield.
4. Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu is a La Masia graduate, one of the finest football academies based in Barcelona, that produced players like Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta. His on-the-ball skills are incredible but much like players of his value, he lacks the offensive threat.
He is more of an in-and-out player for Southampton. Played 1762 minutes last season scoring and assisting once throughout the season. If he is played regular, Romeu is much better than any player in the list above. But you have to wait and see a few games of Southampton to find out what their playing 11 and rotation players are.
Much like Tottenham, Southampton has a strong academy, and they regularly promote players to the senior squad.
5. Mohamed Elneny
He is one of the worst injury-prone players in the Arsenal squad. Still, he managed to play 1538 minutes last season which is quite a blessing because previously in his 5 years of Premier League career, he never reached anything above 865 minutes.
The bad news is that Elneny now is mostly used in cup games. He comes from the bench for Arsenal in Premier League games and although has the offensive skills, call it luck or whatever he doesn’t score or assist. Has got only 1 goal under his name from last season’s Premier League.
Let’s see how the manager uses him in the upcoming season. He is on our list of best 4.5 midfielders in FPL.
6. Billy Gilmour
Billy Gilmour is a Scottish talent on loan from Chelsea at Norwich City. An unproven player but potentially a very good player.
His biggest achievement is the Man of the Match performance against England in Euros. Check out the highlights of that game in the video below:
A very mobile player but lacks physicality. Technically he is a gifted player and can do a lot of it’s his day. He can create chances to make an assist and can score goals.
7. Mark Noble
Mark Noble is the only 4.5 midfielder in FPL who has previously scored a hat trick in the Premier League. A very experienced player who can actually prove to be a huge bargain this season.
Last season he played only 701 minutes but it was only because of injury. In the season prior, he was always a regular playing above 2200 minutes. In my opinion, he is the best 4.5 midfielder in FPL because he regularly scored 4+ goals and 4+ assists in the season before the last one.
Do put him on your watch list at least.
8. Moussa Sissoko
Sissoko is a seasoned Premier League player, playing in a very offensive team of Tottenham. His biggest strength is unpredictability.
Not a sure starter but will definitely come from the bench if the team requires reinforcement
Last season, he played 1576 minutes, which is almost half of the games but there were in goals or assists in that playtime.
You can sign him for his experience. His best season in terms of assists was 2015-16, where he assisted 8 goals and in terms of scoring, he scored 4 in the 2014-15 season. The last productive season was 2019-20, where he scored 2 and assisted 1 goal.
Sissoko has got the potential to make things happen and that’s why he is on our list of top 4.5 midfielders in FPL.