With several premium midfielders to choose from in Fantasy Premier League this season, you’ll need a couple of value picks to maintain a balanced team.

In addition to regulars like Raheem Sterling (11.5m). Kevin De Bruyne (11.5m), Sadio Mane (12.0m) and Mohamed Salah (12.0m), the likes of Bruno Fernandes (10.5m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12.0m) are now in the mix as well.

You’ll want two or three of those players in your squad but there aren’t many great budget options available so it’s worth considering a couple of strong mid-price assets in the 6.0-8.0m range instead.

Here’s three affordable alternatives to those big-hitters.

PHIL FODEN | MANCHESTER CITY | 6.5M

Having proved his pedigree last term, particularly after the restart, Phil Foden is set for a breakout season as he steps into David Silva’s boots.

A price of just 6.5m for a regular Manchester City attacker is a bargain and it helps that the Englishman can play in midfield or even out wide. De Bruyne and Sterling are obvious favourites but Foden would save you 4-5m while being largely capable of a similar output.

He also finished last season strongly, managing a goal or assist every 76.7 minutes post-lockdown. The 20-year-old has the potential to be the bargain of the season.

MATHEUS PEREIRA | WEST BROM | 6.0M

Pereira

Arguably the standout midfield asset to be promoted from the Championship this season, Matheus Pereira’s upside is well worth a spot in your squad.

He averaged a goal involvement every 140 minutes last term and led the league for key passes with 116. He’s the chief playmaker for the Baggies and is on free-kicks.

Act quickly, and you won’t be among the flock clamouring to sign him after he’s already delivered a couple of good hauls.

DELE ALI | TOTTENHAM | 8.0M

Alli

He’s become the forgotten man at Tottenham with Harry Kane (10.5m), Son Heung-min (9.0m) and Lucas Moura (7.0m) the more popular options in FPL but Dele Alli represents plenty of value at 8m.

With eight goals and six assists last season, he had a goal involvement every 131.7 minutes and Jose Mourinho has shown plenty of faith in him early on in his tenure.

Spurs enjoy good fixtures to begin the season and Alli’s low ownership makes him an appealing differential.

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