Before game week 1 there were a number of players which were 4.0m and had a chance to start. With the vast majority of managers choosing Wan-Bissaka thanks to a scout post. With Suttner, Kelly, and Simpson the 2nd, 3rd and 4th highest picks after Wan-Bissaka it was clear the casual player had no clue who would start from the 4.0m players.
1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka
The young right-back had his 8th Premier League appearance and seemed to nail down the spot for himself with a good performance. With an assist to his name and a clean sheet away from home, Crystal Palace could have unearthed a gem. Whilst many owners would have been happy to have chosen him, a number of them were lead dreading their decision to bench him after a massive 12 point haul. You can take solace in knowing you were not alone. Wan-Bissaka looks like the only player of the 4.0m players to be guaranteed his starting spot. He is certainly going to be one of the value picks of the season.
REVIEW: MUST HAVE
Wan-Bissaka’s manager Roy Hodgson was even glowing in his review:
“I thought he was absolutely excellent, both defensively and offensively. You only hope he’ll go from strength to strength – it is only his eighth game in the Premier League.”
Aaron Wan Bissaka is something special
— Harry (@ScottDannFan) August 11, 2018
2. Ryan Bennett
The 28-year-old played 29 times in the Championship last season and was lucky to start thanks to Romain Saiss’ poor performances in pre-season. Having conceded twice and failing to win against 10 man Everton, Nuno could be forced to change the side sooner rather than later. With Saiss and Deondocker both gunning for his position he could be out of the squad quicker than you can say Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. Some fans felt he performed well, but, he wasn’t signed for 20 million from Anderlecht. He could keep his position while Deondocker climatizes, but don’t transfer him in if you’re expecting him to start.
REVIEW: ROTATION RISK
Bloody brilliant from the pick of Wolves' back three today Ryan Bennett who slides in on the rampaging Richarlison
— Tim Spiers (@tim_spiers_Star) August 11, 2018
3. Lee Peltier
The ex-Liverpool academy player found life tough on his Premier League debut, even receiving a yellow card within the opening 3 minutes of the fixture. Whilst an away fixture is never easy at this level, it won’t come much easier than against Bournemouth. At wingback, he offers very little offensively, and defensively if Cardiff are to concede 2 goals and a penalty you should not be expecting more than 2 points a game from Peltier. A poor performance, by a poor player, in a poor side. What more can you ask for from a 4.0m player? Cardiff could go to a 4 at the back with Ecule Manga going into the right back position, which could leave Peltier as bench fodder. Go with Wan.
REVIEW: ROTATION RISK
I can’t go a whole season watching Lee Peltier at right back in the Premier League. It pains me.
— Nathan McGill (@McGillccfc) August 11, 2018
Lee Peltier booked in his first three minutes of Premier League football, simply lovely…
— Dylan Mohammad-Smart (@DylanMo98) August 11, 2018
4. Jan Bednarek
Given a good pre-season, many had expected Bednarek to start off where he had left off the 2017/18 season and start in the heart of defence for Southampton. While Bednarek’s side did keep a clean sheet, Bednarek sat on the bench for the whole of the game. Whilst Southampton did keep Burnley at bay it was mainly due to the heroics of McCarthy in goal. Rather than Jack Stephens or Wesley Hoedt, who he could be in direct competition with. Bednarek’s omission did leave a number of managers happy due to Wan-Bissaka being subbed in for him. In one player’s failures, there can be success found. There even was the odd conspiracy theory or two.
My theory: Mark Hughes was going to start Bednarek, but he had AWB first sub in his FPL team…haha
— FPL CHILE (@fplchile) August 12, 2018
5. Markus Suttner
The 31-year-old left back wasn’t even on the bench for Brighton and may not be for the foreseeable future due to the signing of Bernardo. With Gaeten Bong also ahead of the Austrian, the second most owned 4.0m defender will now be 3rd choice into the left back position. Get rid of quickly if you don’t want a drop. Fellow 4.0m defender Scholetto could be brought back into the squad due to Bruno Saltor’s injury. Though, I’d expect him to just be a bench option. He is so irrelevant at this stage that I can’t even find a recent tweet about him.
Jazz Richards made the bench for Cardiff but didn’t come off it. After Peltier’s poor performance he comes closer to starting for the Bluebirds. Jon Stankovic also appeared on the bench for Huddersfield but is behind Adama Diakhaby in the pecking order. If the Terriers move permanently to a 3 man defence he gets closer to the XI if there is an injury, but is currently 5th choice centre back. Kourtney Hause appeared on the bench for Wolves though I’d expect him to drop further down the ranking with the signing of Deondocker. Martin Kelly appeared on the bench, he is behind Joel Ward at right back on first choice sub while Scott Dann recovers from injury, expect him to further drop down the rankings.