Budget Enablers in FPL: Gameweek 8

This weekly article profiles budget FPL players that you may wish to consider for selection in your Fantasy Premier League squads when looking to enable funds to be spent elsewhere in your team.

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Defender – Frédéric Guilbert (£4.4m) vs Norwich City (A)

The flying Frenchman recorded his first assist of the season on Saturday and is now seemingly first choice ahead of Ahmed Elmohamady.

The right-back is joint third for most dribbles completed per game for the Villans, which demonstrates his willingness to attack.

I believe he is capable of another assist against a weak Canaries defence this Saturday and a clean sheet at home to a blunt Brighton attack in Gameweek 9. His cheap price means he can easily be benched for tough matches thereafter.

Midfielders (under £6.5m)

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Jorginho (£5m) vs Southampton (A)

With the Italian now being confirmed by Frank Lampard as the Blues’ no.1 penalty-taker, Jorginho merits consideration for a midfield berth in our FPL sides. Chelsea’s excellent fixture run means he still can still be owned alongside one of Mason Mount or Tammy Abraham.

Interestingly he has both a higher number of actual (2) and expected (1.42) assists than those of Mount (1 & 1.15) so penalty kicks are not his only way of obtaining FPL points. He has also racked up 5 bonus points across his first seven fixtures.

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Bukayo Saka (£4.5m) vs Bournemouth (H)

The 18 year old Londoner represents a punt at best right now but there is little to lose at his base price.

The left-winger followed up on his first career goal against Eintracht Frankfurt with a first league assist on Monday versus Man Utd. Saka seems to be established as Alexandre Lacazette’s replacement during the latter’s injury absence and Arsenal continue to enjoy a fine fixture run.

Bournemouth sit fourth for the highest amount of xGA and unsurprisingly have failed to keep a clean sheet all season.

With Aubameyang showing no sign of ending his goalscoring form anytime soon, someone at Arsenal is going to have to create chances for him and Saka looks to be a good bet as part of the Gooners’ attacking front three.

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