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FPL Gameweek 17: Top midfielders for Premier League return

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By Holly Shand

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Midfielders have been the most important position in the game this season, with some new and familiar faces dominating.

The biggest challenge for the FPL reboot may be deciding which five to go with.

Miguel Almiron

Miguel Almiron (£5.8m) has been the surprise package since the start of the season and there is hope that the World Cup break hasn’t hampered his form. He has eight goals and two assists, with nearly all of those comebacks coming in the last eight weeks of play. He is a formidable force in Eddie Howe’s offense.

While this streak of hot form is unusual, there is evidence in its underlying numbers that these returns are sustainable. He has had 24 shots on target in the last eight, ranking sixth among all players in this period. The only downside is that Newcastle United have no looming double game weeks.

Muhammad Sala

Mo Salah (£12.8m) will be well rested this winter and ready to once again be the main man in Jurgen Klopp’s attack. He will be needed in that central position, with Luis Diaz and Diojo Jota still out with injuries. Salah excelled in that position during October and early November.

Salah has four goals and one assist in the last eight weeks of play, recording more shots (33) than any other player in that span. He’s on penalties for Liverpool, providing a useful boost to his return to the FPL, although Liverpool are still awaiting their first penalty of the season.

Leander Trossard

Leandro Trossard (£7.1m) has had a prolific start to the season, finishing fourth among midfielders in points scored this season. Since Roberto de Zerbi took over at Brighton, Trossard has generally played as a striker, scoring five goals and also recording one assist.

Trossard is third among midfielders in shots (23) in the quarterfinals and second in big chances with seven. Brighton have four favorable games out of six upon their return to the Premier League: Southampton, Everton, Leicester and Bournemouth all sit in the bottom half of the table.

Andrew Pereira

Andreas Pereira (£4.6m) has long been the fifth budget midfielder for our fantasy benches but could be upgraded to be the eleventh regular in our squads once the Premier League returns. He ranks 13th among midfielders, with two goals and five assists.

Aleksandar Mitrovic returned to fitness for Fulham to strengthen their attack, with Pereira being the key supplier, involved in corners and free-kicks. The Cottagers have five games in the four game weeks following the restart, including a double game week 19 against Leicester City and Chelsea.

Gabriel Martinelli

Gabriel Martinelli (£6.8m) could be a key contender for our fantasy squads for the restart as we look to capitalize on Arsenal’s strong start to the season. Their strike force could be somewhat unpredictable given Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury which has made a significant alteration to their attack.

Martinelli has had a consistent season thus far, starting every single game for the Gunners, notching five goals and four assists. Teammate Bukayo Saka has the allure of penalties, but he’s more expensive and had a more significant role to play for his national team at the World Cup.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as FPL Gameweek 17: Top midfielders for Premier League return.