Gameweek 1 Review : Budget Enablers :
🧤 Goalkeepers : Two £4.0m goalkeepers started for their clubs in Gameweek 1.
Matt Turner had a decent debut against his old club Arsenal, making a number of fine saves, and many will be starting him in Gameweek 2 against Sheffield United, when Andre Onana , Sam Johnstone and Jordan Pickford face tougher fixtures.
As for Alphonse Areola (£4.0m), he got the nod over Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) for West Ham United and generally did well, registering four saves.
🛡 On Friday, Ameen Al-Dakhil played most of the match on the left of the back three for Burnley, but Jordan Beyer (£4.0m) was arguably the better performer up until his withdrawal on 73 minutes, as he looked to be suffering with cramp.
Over at Sheffield United, George Baldock played well at right wing-back in Paul Heckingbottom’s 3-5-2 formation. No team-mate in any position received more passes (12) in the final third.
Meanwhile, three £4.0m defenders started for Luton Town at the Amex – Mads Andersen, Amari’i Bell and Issa Kabore.
Jan Paul van Hecke partnered Lewis Dunk at the back for Brighton and Hove Albion, but the return of Adam Webster from injury casts doubt over his future prospects.
⛳️ Only three £4.5m midfielders started over the weekend.
Sasa Lukic joined Harrison Reed in the Fulham engine room at Goodison Park.The return of Joao Palhinha (£5.0m) from injury will likely see him drop out of the starting XI.
A more secure starter is Marvelous Nakamba , who sits at the base of Luton Town’s midfield. Just don’t expect attacking returns.
Carney Chukwuemeka had some good moments down Chelsea’s left-hand side against Liverpool, linking well with Ben Chilwell . The youngster failed to register a shot or create a chance but was active in the penalty box, racking up five touches.
⚔️ Sheffield United’s William Osula was the only £4.5m forward to start in Gameweek 1.
However, longer-term, regular starts aren’t guaranteed, with Oli McBurnie (£5.5m) and Daniel Jebbison (£5.0m) currently out injured and further arrivals expected.