Posted by: @FantasySilva
Here we are, the season is over and we guess we can all enjoy a nice break and a well deserved holiday! We hope you finished this strange season on a high and we guess all we can do now is reflect and wait until the next season (unless you are taking part in Euro 2020 like we are).
Above we have the Kings of the Season which amasses a total of 2180 points for the 2020/2021 season.
We don’t think there are too many surprises here really. The main ones that stand out are Emiliano Martínez who started at only 4.5 million and then ended the season with a 5.3 million tag (highest of 5.4m). What a great signing this goalkeeper was for Aston Villa. You may remember, he ended the previous season very strongly for Arsenal when their main keeper was injured so we all expected this player to be a great asset and he definitely didn’t prove us wrong; for many, he was the set and forget keeper for the season! In addition to this, over the course of the season, he provided 15 clean sheets, 142 saves and 27 bonus points, pretty incredible right?
The second surprise for us was Sadio Mané, who throughout the competition was quite the differential. Well, we guess the ownership was mainly due to the inconsistency of the player; he could blank for weeks then have a massive haul just like he finished it off in Gameweek 38. He provided 11 goals and 12 assists this season, not too shabby at all, especially if you owned him at the right time whilst he was performing.
We guess the 3rd/4th surprise here was how well Leeds played this season finishing 9th in the League. The honourable mentions go to Stuart Dallas and Patrick Bamford. Firstly, let’s start with Dallas… As a defender, he had a quality season although he is a player that can play many roles for the team and he found himself playing more of a midfield role than a defender. He ended the season with 8 goals and 3 assists and provided 12 clean sheets throughout the season which for a defender is awesome! Bamford on the other hand provided 17 goals and 11 assists which left him 4th in the goal scoring table and 7th for most assists. Both players, amongst several other players in the Leeds team, were very impressive this season and we’re sure we’ll be thinking about their players again at the start of next season.
Let’s have a look at some Premier League Stats
Here are the top 10 Goal Scorers of the Season
It was a very close race for the Golden Boot between Kane and Salah, but a massive congratulations to Harry Kane for winning it this season for the 3rd time, especially since it may be his last season for Spurs. Where will he go? Well, he wants to stay in the Premier League and the favourite currently is a move to Man City. This makes sense, especially since Aguero will also be leaving as well and they will want another striker to replace his role.
Let’s have a look at the Harry Kane goal map. With such an impressive season we just had to include this. Kane also won the playmaker award which is given to the player for the most assists.
The 27-year-old has now won this award in three seasons; 2015-16, 2016-17 and now 2020-21. Winning this award again makes him the third player to win three Golden Boots along with Thierry Henry (4) and Alan Shearer (3).
Here are the top 10 Assisters of the Season
We guess it was no surprise to see Fernandes here; the best Man Utd signing they have had for a while. It’s extremely impressive that Harry Kane is a joint leader, especially with him being the top goal scorer as well. We don’t think there are many surprises but here is the top ten:
Here are the top 10 PPG (Points Per Game) for the Season
This list shows the top 10 players based on points per game that have played at least 10 matches overall. The biggest surprise here was how well Lingard played when he joined West Ham. From GW22 to GW32, he was essential to own in your Fantasy Team earning himself 89 points and a whopping 8 points per game in that time. Unfortunately, he didn’t end the season as well as he started which left him in joint second place with Fernandes. Saying that though, we had quite a few players that had some crazy form for a few weeks; a few other notable players here were Gündogan and Bale (we’re sure Spurs are glad to see this legend back). Anyway, here are the stats below:
Relegations and Promotions
Like every year, we have 3 teams relegated from the Premier League and 3 teams promoted from Championship Divison. This year we will see the following teams relegated:
- West Brom
- Sheffield United
To be honest, it’s not a massive surprise, the biggest one really is Sheffield United since they were so strong defensively in the previous season. If you did play in the previous season, we’re sure you will remember how great of an asset John Lundstram was; we guess you could say he was the Dallas of last season really…
With the promoted teams, we currently have two teams that are confirmed that will be joining the Premier League next season which is:
The third team will be confirmed on the 29th of May since two teams (first place and second place) earn automatic promotion, but the teams which finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth enter a playoff series to determine who gets promoted.
One of the two teams below that could potentially join us next season as well are:
That being said, we will definitely see at least two teams here that were in the Premier League in the previous season. Again, if you did play last season, can you guys remember the impact that Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki had for Norwich? (Let’s not forget Troy Deeney for Watford either). No doubt these players will feature in your squad in the next season, especially when the underdog players that have performed so well this season will have a notable increase in price at the start of the next season.
Early Transfer Rumours
Well, we know Harry Kane will be leaving Spurs and the most likely team he will join will be Man City. There are other possibilities of teams he will join such as Chelsea and Man Utd but City seems to be the most favourable. We know he wants to stay in the Premier League, we know he wants to earn silverware, we know these teams are potentially the only ones that can afford him so one of these moves is very likely.
We’ve also heard that Paul Pogba could be on the move this summer. The Frenchman joined Man Utd in August 2016 and at the time he was the most expensive player in the world. Reports indicate that he could make a transfer to Spain. If this was to happen, the Red Devils’ could well earn some decent money for the highly-rated player.
Jadon Sancho is another player with a possible move to an English team this summer. The Borussia Dortmund player scored 16 times and assisted 21 goals in all competitions this season. We have three teams that are interested in this player with Man United looking to be the most likely move. There are also Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly interested. Dortmund is said to put a 100 million price tag for the English star.
Two other players that could potentially make a move in this summers transfer market is Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. There are a lot of clubs interested in these players which have attracted interest from the elite clubs in Europe. It’s too early to say where they could go but we can expect a bidding war for their services this summer.
What have we learned from this FPL Season?
Let’s have a look at a summary of one of our contributor’s, @FPL_Will:
Overall Points: 2,518
Overall Rank: 4,299th
After a shaky start, sitting just outside the Top 1 million in GW4, I entered the Top 100k in GW17 and never left. The huge DGW19 was massive for me and pushed me close to the Top 10k where I then slowly chipped away to my final rank of 4,299. I think I was quite fortunate this season – with many cancellations and positive covid cases happening in the league, for the most part, these didn’t really affect my team and I was always able to put out the team I wanted. As always, paying attention to the upcoming blanks and doubles was crucial and allowed me to make transfers well in advance to maximise those odd weeks where many casuals fall down.
Some personal highlights for me were owning DCL from the start, setting a new personal best and getting on Gundogan and Iheanacho early on in their hot streaks!
This was a difficult season, with such a short break between 19/20 and 20/21 – by the end of this year there was definitely fatigue in play, and I am very happy to have a break now for the summer before going again in 21/22.
The 4 most important things that helped this season were
- Use stats as much as you can early on! They are the best way to spot upcoming hot streaks. E.g. a player may start the season in the first 3 matches having 5 shots a game on average – even if he doesn’t score in those three games, stats like that strongly suggest goals are coming.
- Get informed as early as possible about blank and Double Gameweeks, the earlier you find out and know who is going to be playing when, the more time you have to use free transfers to plan your team.
- Spending points for Blank and Double Gameweeks is fine, don’t be scared of it. Some of my biggest jumps came because I attacked these weeks. Outside of Doubles, I find spending points very hit and miss and I want to reign it next year. I spent 72 points this season and definitely regret many of those.
- It goes without saying that planning when to use your chips is vital. Especially don’t be dismayed if your Wildcard doesn’t immediately pay off – I got 22 points with my first Wildcard (awful!), but 5 weeks later I was 900,000 places higher. They are for the long term!
I hope you all had a great season and I look forward to playing against you all again next year!
It’s been a very odd season in terms of FPL; not the usual one you would expect. With Covid-19, no crowds and a fair few surprises along the way, it’s been nothing but ordinary. Fortunately, we got the joys of seeing some of the crowd for when Leicester won the FA Cup at Wembley against Chelsea and we had fans back in the stadiums in the final Gameweek too which was amazing to see. You might think this factor doesn’t impact the performance much, but we’ve seen a significant decrease in home wins this year than we have in previous seasons.
With the season completed now, you might need a fix for the summer, well guess what, we have Euro 2020 Fantasy approaching in June. You can read all about it here:
Fear not, we will be active as well this summer with match week articles to help you along the way. On top of this, we have already set up our Euro 2020 League with prizes available; you can read all the details in the link above.
Anyway, let’s get back to FPL… So, which players are you excited for in the next season? What changes to your tactics will you make moving forward? Which players surprised you the most? What changes would you like to see in FPL? The list could go on but let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Oh, and before we forget, a massive congratulations to Manchester City for winning the Premier League this season. This is now the seventh time they have won the League Championship / Premier League so a massive well done!
We hope you have enjoyed reading this article and for those taking part in Euro 2020, we’ll see you then!