You might want to get Jeffrey Schlupp in your squads now
Fantasy Premier League managers have been keen on Crystal Palace players this season with many squads having at least one of their men.
And it’s a pretty smart idea, solid mid-table side with a selection of stars capable of scoring points at both ends of the pitch.
With James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho forming a solid partnership, and Wayne Hennessey improving between the sticks, clean sheets are becoming more regular, with five in their last nine Premier League games.
Meanwhile, we all know just how threatening they are in front of goal, failing to score just twice in the last 12.
The main men in FPL, of course, are Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m), Luka Milivojevic (£6.4m), Tomkins (£4.5m), Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m), the en vogue Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.1m) and, startlingly, Martin Kelly (£4.0m).
The latter is just has been selected by seven per cent of manager, which is mainly down to his low price, but needs to be rectified immediately.
Wan-Bissaka is now a must-pick and rightly has an ownership of 21 per cent, despite his red card against Liverpool and subsequent suspension.
But even so, he’s not the Crystal Palace player you need in your team right now.
That honour goes to one Jeffrey Schlupp – yep, you heard us right.
At first glance it seems odd, granted. He’s not a prolific goal-getter, or someone to rely on for assists, but it’s his position and price which will allow you to understand our idea.
Currently used as winger, slightly tucked inside, by Roy Hodgson, occupying the role Ruben Loftus-Cheek held last-term, Schlupp seems set to start a large quantity of matches and be in and amongst attacks.
This has the potential to be fruitful for the ex-Leicester City man, especially with Christian Benteke already looking improved on last season and seemingly set to weigh in with goals.
He got a goal in the Eagles’ opening match win over Fulham with a smart turn and finish, while he also attempted a long range effort against Liverpool, which had goalkeeper Alisson scrambling.
We could see him improve on his top goal tally in the Premier League (3) and his best creative season which saw him assist two goals.
And the best thing about it? The winger, who once had a trial with Manchester United, is listed as a defender and given a value of £4.5m, which means he can capitalise on clean sheets too – glorious!
Admittedly, there is a chance Max Meyer and Jordan Ayew will challenge him but, for now, he’s doing nothing wrong. And he’s got a kind fixture list until late October.
So, what are you waiting for? Get Schlupp in your squad and reap the rewards.